Ellina Mhlanga-Senior Sports Reporter
GLOW Petroleum got their campaign in the Rainbow Amateur Netball League on a positive note, winning both games over the weekend, against Hi-flyers and Golden Valley, in Kwekwe.
The league games were played at four venues — Kwekwe, Bulawayo, Mutare and Harare.
Glow thrashed Hi-flyers 127-6, in their opening game, before they dismissed Golden Valley 82-13. Coach Perpetua Siyachitema remains concerned with the level of competition.
“We played very well. I can’t say I am happy, I am a bit worried with the level of competition,’’ she said.
“I am not really sure if it’s because of the other league.
“I am worried the league split, PNL (Premier Netball League) and RANL, I am worried because now there is no competition, because we are having two leagues.
“Some teams are supposed to be in the lower leagues.
“It’s now difficult to have a competitive netball.’’
She fears for the future of the sport.
“It will affect our national team as well,’’ said Siyachitema.
“There won’t be competition, it’s like players are playing for fun.
“Unfortunately, I am not sure what’s really happening.
“But, if people can just talk it out, and have one competitive league, I think that’s what can work out.”
Siyachitema said they still need to work on the fitness of players.
“We will just keep training, hoping people will talk so we have one proper league for netball, to continue improving.
“Remember, next year, we have the World Cup qualifiers.”
In other matches Khami beat Pistons 67-16.
They then lost to Hwange (former Lusumbami) 33-41.
Hwange also beat Pistons 64-20.
These matches were played in Bulawayo.
In matches that took place in Mutare, Tenax beat Ruwa 66-13 but they suffered a 35-51 defeat, at the hands of Correctional Queens.
Correctional Queens also beat Ruwa 61-11.
In Harare, Mambas beat Support Unit 60-14, while Rio did not turn up for their scheduled matches.
The Premier Netball League also continued with their games, with Harare, who had a false start a week ago, hosting their games.
In games played over the weekend, some of the leading teams such as Ngezi, Waterfalls and Beta Holdings won most of their matches. Ngezi, have so far won six games, drawn one and lost one, from the eight matches they played.
They beat Beta 31-11.
They then drew 26-26 against Harare City.
Ngezi also beat UZ 35-8 and lost 22-24 to Rhinos. Beta Holdings beat UZ 30-10.
They went on to defeat BTTC 33-9 in their second game.
The matches are being played in a bubble.
Source : https://www.herald.co.zw/siyachitema-worried-about-level-of-competition-in-netball/680