Only two netball teams enter trials

CLARISSA PILLAY

The Junior School is extremely proud of the Grade 6 and 7 Netball Teams: the only two teams from St Michael’s that played in the Free State Netball Trials.

Thursday, 19 August  was a nerve-wracking day for the netball girls. 14 Girls left school to go to the netball trials for the Free State team. 

The team’s coach, Nobiel Kifuabal,a and manager, Mrs Therona Jones, had mixed feelings about the fact that only one girl made it to the finals: they would have loved to have more girls in the team, but realised that girls lost a lot of practice time due to Covid. They are extremely proud of Lele Khumalo, who made it, despite lack of training. 

In the practice before the trials, the coach said that she would be proud of each one of them, whether they got in or not. 

Mrs Therona Jones was frustrated about the fact that the girls did not have the netball courts to practise on in the middle of netball season. The courts are being renovated. The stopping of netball practices due to Covid, also caused a lot of irritation because a lot of admin had to be done, which was in vain every time contact sports were stopped.

Onthatile Monnaruri  was nervous but says that it was an overall exciting experience. She was doubtful about making the team and was surprised; but also a little sad; when she was chosen as a backup.