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Local netballers settle in Singapore

Two lost and two won in their opening games

Four local netball rising stars that have been attached for three weeks with various clubs in Singapore, have made displayed clear intentions of showing the Asians that Botswana has abundance talent in the sport, after producing impressive debut performances last weekend.


The quartet; Hilda Binang of BDF Cats, Notwane’s Sarona Hans, goalkeeper Letang Mogotlhwane from the Jungle Queens as well as UB Crystals’ Violent Onneile, performed to expectations in their first games. Although they could have all played well, it was the UB goal attacker Onneile, who left the netball diehards In Singapore raving about her, scoring ‘for fun’ when her side, Magic Marlins walloped rivals Sneakers Stingrays in the league opener. The 21 year old caused havoc to their opponents which at the end paid dividends as she won her first professional match by 45-31.


Another player who has fitted well in Singapore is the prolific goal shooter Binang who is making her second appearance in Singapore. She performed wonders last season which saw her winning the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award at the age of 20. The Ratholo born lass is playing for Mission Mannas who unfortunately lost in their opening game against Blazing Dolphins, a team that is currently hosting another local girl, Magotlhwane. Talking to WeekendSport after the game, Binang said she is happy in Singapore as everything is in order and things are made easy by the fact that she has been there before but she could not hide the fact that she is disappointed by the loss.


Hans of M1 Sunfish also tasted her first game when they went down by 28-43 to Tiger Sharks. The versatile youngster who can play as a Centre/Wing attacker and Wing defender, like Binang is happy with the way things have transpired so far. When contacted for comment, she said: “We arrived safely and I have already played the first game against Sharks though we lost.’’ ‘Sasa’ as the lanky Notwane player is affectionally known, will, in the next game, face off with her compatriot Binang when Sunfish take on Mannas in another game that is expected to produce fireworks as they both lost their first games.


Magotlhwane is another local player who tasted a victory when her side Blaze Dolphins hammered Mannas by 52-44. The Jungle Queens girl, could be happy for the chance to play in the professionally run league, especially that she was selected after Boikanyo Selogetso failed to travel with the others because of an injury. Although it is unclear whether the Goalkeeper could have played in their opening game, she will for sure play in the upcoming games and this weekend, they will be facing with Hans’ Sunfish.


The dropped Selogetso is adamant that the girls will leave a mark in Asia because of their attitude towards the sport. ‘’I think they will perform well if they can be serious like I know them and their determination to the sport because they are hard workers even in training.’’ She said. This model is praised by Botswana Netball Association (BONA) as this will give the locals exposure to international environment which could help the national team. Moreover, the duo of Magotlhwane and Hans will be part of the national team that will feature in the 2017 U-21 World Cup to be hosted in Botswana.

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