Cape Town netball cheerful despite loses

Rochelle Rossouw of Cape Town in action against Johannesburg during day 1 of the SPAR National Championships in December.

Cape Town Netball Federation (CTNF) hoped to finish the year on a high note during last month’s Spar National Netball Championships held in Limpopo.

The senior side made it all the way to the semi-finals of the national championships but failed to pick up a win against a strong Dr Kenneth Kaunda side that lost to Tshwane in the finals.

The Cape side failed to win any of their five games in the competition, which was disappointing by their standards.

However, the CTNF had lots to cheer about during the games as one of their members managed to attract the attention of the national team selectors.

Jodee Johannes was selected for the 18-member Proteas squad meant to play Uganda in a three-match series this month.

Senior coach Danlee Matthews also got the nod for the assistant coach of the President’s 12. Other members of the CTNF who took on leadership roles at national level include Theo Moletsane who umpired in the finals while Jongi Makutwana was a grader.

Cape Town was meant to host a number of netball activities this month.

The Proteas were supposed to host Uganda, while the Spar Challenge and the under-21 training camp were all meant to take place in the city but the battle against Covid-19 means those activities have to take a backseat.

The resurgence of Covid-19 cases forced Netball South Africa to suspend all activities.

In a statement, Netball South Africa president Cecilia Molokwane said the decision was taken with the aim of protecting the lives of players, members, stakeholders and partners.

“As the country continues to see Covid-19 numbers rising, it is very scary seeing what is going on around us. We see numbers rising and these numbers are names of people that we know. As an executive, it was very important for us to take a decision to postpone all our planned activities until further notice. We will continue to take lead from the government and consult all relevant stakeholders as we take all the much needed steps to ensure that we protect lives,” said Molokwane.

She said Netball South Africa will continue to assess the situation over time and review the decision to either continue the events or keep them suspended until it is safe to resume playing.