The Presidential National Netball Trophy finals commence with throw-offs at Blantyre Youth Center, Thursday morning with teams eager to eliminate Complex Tigresses’ and Kukoma Diamonds’ dominance in the competition.
The inception of the trophy in 2009 sees Tigresses and Diamonds winning it three times each.
Tigresses opened with a win in the inaugural competition in 2009 which was later won in 2010 and 2011 consecutively by Diamonds, then known as Escom Sisters.
The trophy was reclaimed in 2012 by Tigresses but the competition remained stiff as 2013 saw the trophy being surrender to Diamonds. With more effort, Tigresses retained the trophy again in 2014.
Sam Kanyenda, Blue Eagles Sisters’ coach, is determined to break the records as he acknowledges the fact that the two teams have won the competition three times respectively. Kanyenda points out that this has given his team motivation to end Diamonds’ and Tigresses’ dominance.
“We will fight to win our first national title in over two decades,” Kanyenda said.
Commenting on the matter Tigresses coach, Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa said notes mistakes made that contributed to their failure to retain the GOtv Netball Champions League recently and adds that they have been rectified.
“We are not worried because we know what went wrong and we have since corrected our errors,” Kaluwa is quoted.
On the other hand, Diamond’s assistant coach, Noel Mussa said they are determined to show their best attributes to win a second title this season after lifting the GOtv Netball Champions League.
“We have to win to impress our new sponsor,” he said.
A draw conducted by NAM has confirmed that the following teams are to compete in the finals: Tigresses, Diamonds, Thunder Queens, Blue Eagles Sisters, Civonets, Mafco Sisters, Lameck Queens, Mimosa Queens, Alliance Capital Stars, Prison Queens, Green Eagles and Young Sisters.
Nam general secretary, Carol Bapu, said before the competition gets underway, stakeholders would meet to refresh on rules and regulations the competition is using to avoid confusion.
The national champions will get K4 million with the runners-up pocketing K2 million while the third-placed side will pocket K1 million