The Mkhondo Sports Council had a successful meeting with the Mkhondo Netball teams based in Mkhondo discussing ways to develop and encourage participation in the sport. The meeting was held on Wednesday 06 March 2019 at the offices of the Mkhondo Local Municipality in Kempville attended by seven (7) teams with one apology from Amsterdam based Young Birds FC. They also agreed to play the first Mkhondo Netball Cup tournament featuring eight (8) active teams.
The meeting discussed the formation of a netball federation to look into development of the sport and organising games to keep teams active. The federation will consist of seven member committee to be formed by all teams based in Mkhondo to be elected in April this year. The teams present at the meeting identified six other teams based in Mkhondo which were not art of the meeting. They included two more teams from Saul Mkhizeville, two from Iswepe and two from Thandukukhanya.
The Mkhondo Sport Council chairperson Mr Ntokozo Simelane told teams that there will be no proper netball development without the formation of a committee to run the game. "It is very important to form an association that will organise tournaments, help netball teams with their needs and possibly establish a local league. Our role is to assist the federations but the tournaments, rules etc. will be the responsibility of the federation," he said adding that teams should involve active clubs in the process of electing the executive committee to run netball in Mkhondo. He also advised the clubs to use the upcoming tournament to forge relationships and to identify potential leaders who can lead the Mkhondo Netball Federation. The last tournament to be played by local teams was the Mkhondo Festive Cup which played at Piet Retief Combined School three (3) years ago on Sunday 18 December 2016.(Below)
The highlight of the meeting was the announcement of a cup tournament which drew the clubs to the meeting in the first place. The clubs agreed to play the Mkhondo Netball Cup tournament on Saturday 16 March 2019 at Thokozani Playing Courts in Thandukukhanya. They will use a point system format with group A&B having four teams followed by the semi-finals and finals. A draw was made to separate the teams into groups after a decision was taken to include only teams at the meeting or a team that had sent an apology which was Young Birds from Amsterdam.
The draw sent Young Rockstars, Fire Angels both from Saul Mkhizeville in one group with Super Falcons from Harmony Park and Young Birds from Amsterdam into Group A. Group B will feature Hostella from Sgodiphola, Eagles from Phola Park both from Thandukukhanya, Rockstar from Saul Mkhizeville and Troublemakers from Wittraand. The winners will receive a brand new kit, a trophy and gold medals. The runners up will receive silver medals and a match ball with the 3rd placed team also receiving a match ball and bronze medals.