Exciting Kick-off for DStv Schools Netball Challenge Provincial Rounds

The provincial rounds of the DStv Schools Netball Challenge (DSNC) kick off this weekend, marking the beginning of an exhilarating competition. The Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have the honour of hosting the first leg of the tournament.

Parel Vallei High School in Somerset West will be buzzing with activity as the Western Cape welcomes the provincial finals. Fifteen schools will be vying for the top four spots, eager to secure their place in the next stage of the competition.

Now in its third year, the DSNC is a partnership between Multichoice and South African Schools Netball, providing a platform for players from all schools, including urban and rural areas, to experience the sport at the same level.

The competition starts at the district level and progresses to the national stage. It is divided into two streams, Botho and Ubuntu, offering equal opportunities for schools with different resources to compete at the highest level.

The qualifying schools from both the Ubuntu and Botho streams will represent their respective provinces at the National Finals scheduled for July 21 to 23. The finals will be hosted at Hoërskool Florida in Roodepoort, promising thrilling matches and fierce competition.

Petrusa Marais, the Western Cape Project Coordinator, expresses confidence in the province’s strong performance. “Our organizers and venue are top-notch, and our schools have demonstrated great strength compared to the rest of South Africa. I have high hopes for our success this year,” Marais states.

The DSNC serves as a crucial stepping stone for players transitioning from high school netball to club and provincial teams. Notably, last year’s finalist, Paarl Girls’ High School, has produced players who now compete in the premier division of netball in the country, the Telkom Netball League.

Renezia Andrews and Adri Carstens, silver medalists in the previous DSNC, currently showcase their talents as players for the Western Cape Tornados in Division Two of the TNL. Carstens reflects on the competition, saying, “The DSNC was a challenging yet amazing experience. It not only provided an opportunity to excel in netball but also allowed us to connect with fellow players. The tournament is highly competitive and offers invaluable exposure at the school level. It plays a significant role in building players’ skills, preparing them for higher levels of play.”

Meanwhile, in KwaZulu-Natal, sixteen schools are set to battle it out for top honors in the province. The top two schools from both divisions will advance to the national finals, heightening the excitement and intensity of the competition.

Thembi Mlotshwa, KZN Schools Netball secretary, expresses enthusiasm for the upcoming tournament. “Preparations are going well, and the playoffs held throughout May have set the stage for the Under-19s, the highlight of the event. Our senior girls are eager to showcase their talent. The schools are buzzing with excitement, and we are fully prepared despite the busy schedule of consecutive playoffs,” Mlotshwa shares.

Mlotshwa emphasizes the transformative impact of the DSNC on young players in the province. “The competition has brought about significant change and excitement. The growth and improvement of the Ubuntu teams are particularly remarkable. Last year, the winning schools had the opportunity to train with the KwaZulu Natal Kingdom Stars, which was a remarkable experience for the girls. The prospect of being on TV also adds to the excitement. We can’t wait for the tournament to begin,” Mlotshwa concludes.

The stage is set for a thrilling start to the DStv Schools Netball Challenge provincial rounds. Netball enthusiasts and supporters are eagerly anticipating a display of skill, teamwork, and determination from the talented young players as they embark on their quest for glory.

Story written from SuperSport preview: https://twitter.com/supersporttv/status/1667116830924869632?s=46&t=KJ-0m5CrADhj-pQ9XqZJNg

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