Coach de­ter­mined to win in Women’s Month tour­na­ment

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Western Cape net­ball team coach An­nelie Lu­cas is ex­cited to be part of South Africa’s big­gest fe­male sport­ing event, the Spar Na­tional Net­ball Cham­pi­onships, which will be played dur­ing Women’s Month.

The cham­pi­onships start to­mor­row at Hoy Park Sports Com­plex in Dur­ban.

“It is al­ways spe­cial to play on or near Women’s Day,” Lu­cas told City Press this week.

“It is a very im­por­tant week for us and that is why we al­ways go all out to win,” she said.

The de­fend­ing champions’ coach said they would be field­ing a dif­fer­ent team from the one that won last year.

“We have a new team and not the same squad from last year. We will be us­ing the play­ers who did not play in the Bru­tal Fruit [Net­ball Pre­mier League] and those who were in­jured.”

How­ever, goal shooter Jaum­buaije Zauana, who ter­rorised goal­keep­ers on the jour­ney to lift­ing the tro­phy last year, will fea­ture in this year’s event.

“Ev­ery­one knows Jaum­buaije, so she will be there to score for us,” said the coach.

Phumza Maweni, Rochelle Loub­ser and Danelle Lochner will not fea­ture for the Western Cape side in the cham­pi­onships as they will be play­ing in the Quad Se­ries later this month as part of the Spar Proteas squad.

Lochner has just re­turned from the Net­ball World Youth Cup in Botswana, where the Baby Proteas fin­ished sixth.

Lu­cas, who also plays for Bru­tal Fruit Net­ball Pre­mier League semi­fi­nal­ists, the Western Cape Stings, said she was not tak­ing any team lightly, but sin­gled out teams from Gaut­eng and North West as most likely to pose a se­ri­ous chal­lenge to her side.

A to­tal of 18 Un­der-21 and 18 se­nior teams rep­re­sent­ing 10 net­ball re­gions coun­try­wide will par­tic­i­pate in the week­long tour­na­ment.

A Women’s Day cel­e­bra­tion is sched­uled for Wed­nes­day, straight af­ter the open­ing cer­e­mony.

The tour­na­ment ends on Satur­day.

PHOTO: NETWERK24

LOOK­ING AHEAD Western Cape net­ball team coach An­nelie Lu­cas in­structs her play­ers. From left: Stephanie Brandt, Ju­lene Ros­souw and Me­gan Gross­man

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