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Exciting times for youth netball in SA

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the netball championships will also be making history as select matches will for the first time be streamed live

Picture credit: Reg Caldecott

Three netball teams from the Northern Cape will this weekend battle it out in the national Under-19 netball championships facing off against teams from the rest of the country at EG Jansen High in Boksburg.

Marisa Calvert, head of the public relations for the championship organisers, confirmed that Noordkaap High, Diamantveld High and a select Wildeklawer youth side will be among the contestants.

Calvert pointed out that the netball championships will also be making history as select matches will for the first time be streamed live for the South African netball community on a digital satellite television app.

Calvert said viewing of those games will be for free. “You don’t need to be a DStv subscriber, you only need a free account on the app. Between 7.45am and 5pm on Friday July 20 and Saturday July 21, all matches on the main court,including a number of the Under-19 netball matches, will be streamed live on the DStv Now app.”

The current national championship will determine the top Under-19 teams which will advance to the brand new SA Schools Netball Under-19 (SASN) Schools Sports Netball Championships which will take place from August 9-12 at Wits University.

Tomorrow’s action starts at 7.45am. Included in the live stream will be all the play-off matches on Saturday.

All the Under-19 teams will play in a round-robin format in two pools – a 24-team pool named “Botho” and a 16-team pool named “Ubuntu”. Both pools are sub-divided into four sections.

On Saturday the various section-topping teams will progress to the knockout rounds which will end with the quarter-finals. Thereafter the top eight schools will qualify for the SA Schools Netball Under-19 championships in August. The top four Ubuntu teams will also qualify for the Championships.

Neville Motlhabakwe