SPAR Schoolgirls’ Fast 5’s Netball Challenge

KwaZulu-Natal schools netball

Building on the highly successful hockey tournaments, SPAR KZN is proud to announce, in association with SchoolGirlSport (SGS), the brand new SPAR Schoolgirls’ Fast 5’s Netball Tournament that gets started this August.

Picture, top, by Rogan Ward: Les Galloway (Director of SchoolGirlSport) and Nozipho Mkhize (advertising and sponsorship manager).

The hockey tournament that got rolling in KZN nine years ago is now a popular highlight on the national schools sporting calendar. Complementing it, this netball challenge will begin with four tournaments this year in four regions, with the intention of 12 teams taking to the courts in each area.

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There is a buzz around netball, particularly after the national team’s excellent showing in the recent World Cup in England, when they became the first SA side to reach the semi-finals. During the tournament, the Mayor of Liverpool handed over the Netball Federation Flag to the host of the 2023 Netball World Cup, Cape Town.

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Netting the first tournament, Amanzimtoti will be hosting at the Kuswag High School courts, which will have teams from around Durban competing on Saturday, August 3, followed by Southcity Christian School in Margate hosting teams in the Southern KZN areas on Saturday, August 24. Empangeni High will host Northern Coastal area on Saturday, August 31, and Voortrekker will host the final tournament with the Pietermaritzburg schools on Saturday, October 5.

The running of the programme will differ slightly from region to region, depending on the number of schools and whether the hosts will run games in a round robin or pool game format. In the first tournament, Toti’s games will last an action-packed 15 minutes each, with the 11 teams playing a round robin. Each match will have two 6-minute halves, with a 2-minute break and 1-minute changeover time allocation.

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The coaches can give instructions from the sideline during play, and they have an unlimited allowance for substitutions. Ten players can represent each team, with coaches ensuring five players are constantly on the court – Goal Shooter (GS), Goal Attack (GA), Centre (C), Goal Defence (GD) and Goal Keeper (GK).

Max Oliva, MD of SPAR KZN stated, “Signalling the start of an exciting journey for young netball players around South Africa, tournaments such as our SPAR Schoolgirls’ Fast 5’s Netball Tournament opens up a whole world of potential for so many talented, unearthed players from outlying areas that dream of wearing the green and gold.”

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Director of SchoolGirlSport, Les Galloway enthused, “We are so looking forward to getting this tournament up-and-running, it has the opportunity to grow and make a real impact on our future netball stars. Who knows, young women participating in the inaugural Fast 5’s could be representing our country at the 2023 World Cup.”