SPAR Proteas shooter Erin Burger (second from left) was the star attraction at the first day of the 2012 National Schools Netball Championships. Burger is photographed with (from left) Tuks Netball’s Melissa Muburgh, shooter of the tournament at the inaugural World University Netball Championships recently at the Good Hope Centre, Tuks Netball coach Jenny van Dyk, and Lou-Mare Geldenhuys, an up-and-coming U19 Tuks Netball player. Photo: gsport

At least 125 schools have gathered at the Hoërskool Dr E G Jansen in Boksburg on Friday, 3 August 2012, for the annual National Schools Netball Championships hosted by South African Schools Netball (SASN), an affiliate member of Netball South Africa.

The two-day event is attracting popular support, with particularly big crowds expected on Saturday, when the finals take place in the afternoon.

The tournament will be used by selectors to determine which U15 teams will go to Singapore for an international tournament at the end of the year, in addition to another squad of players who will be visiting Dubai early in 2013.

SPAR National Netball player Erin Burger and gsport4girls Editor Kass Naidoo were invited to the opening function to give the players a few words of encouragement.

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Two players from Kiriyatswane Secondary, Nellie and Sindy in the North West were delighted at the opportunity to receive autographed photos of national heroine Erin Burger. Photo: gsportAlong the sidelines of the tournament Nellie and Sindy of Kiriyatswane Secondary in Mpumalanga were delighted to be at the Schools Champs, “It means a lot to be here”, said Nellie, “Learning on the big stage!”

“And we have seen Erin,” added a clearly impressed Sindy, while holding tightly on to her autographed photograph of national heroine, Erin Burger – who at her special request, also autographed Nellie’s T-shirt, after the obligatory photo was take.


Day 1 Results at the U/19 SA Schools Netball Championships, at Hoërskool Dr E G Jansen, in Boksburg, on Friday, 3 August, 2012:
Rustenburg 31-6 Hebron
Rustenburg 22-15 Stellenberg
AHMP 23-13 HTS Middelburg
AHMP 30-9 Danville
Voortrekker 17-10 Danville
HTS Middelburg 30-4 Hebron
Potch Volksskool 38-3 Ridge Park
Potch Volksskool 17-17 Diamantveld
Marais Viljoen 18-19 Ben Vorster
Marais Viljoen 60-4 Ridge Park
Brandwag 23-19 Diamantveld
Ben Vorster 21-20 Brandwag
Potch Gim 31-16 Nylstroom
Potch Gim 21-18 Duineveld
Menlopark 46-4 Kiriyatswane
Eldoraign 37-19 Nylstroom
Cambridge 18-7 Kiriyatswane
Waterkloof 28-11 Middelburg
Sentraal 36-3 Tom Naude
Paarl Girls High 26-13 Brits
Rustenburg 27-20 Voortrekker
Rustenburg 30-16 HTS Middelburg
AHMP 37-9 Hebron 9
AHMP 29-13 Voortrekker
Voortrekker 30-22 Stellenberg
HTS Middelburg 25-11 Danville
Stellenberg 49-4 Hebron
Stellenberg 29-16 Danville
Potch Volkskool 26-13 Brandwag
Potch Volkskool 25-20 Ben Vorster
Marais Viljoen 35-21 Brandwag 21
Marais Viljoen 21-17 Diamantveld
Ben Vorster 44-5 Ridge Park
Diamantveld 44-9 Ridge Park
Menlopark 40-13 Nylstroom
Menlopark 30-14 Duineveld
Eldoraign 24-22 Potch Gim
Eldoraign 43-11 Cambridge
Eldoraign 44-8 Kiriyatswane
Nylstroom 22-20 Cambridge