Net­ball vet helps tal­ent score

Sunday Tribune - - SPORT - MY­RON NAICKER

CHATSWORTH has the po­ten­tial to pro­duce South Africa’s next big net­ball star.

Vet­eran ad­min­is­tra­tor Mala Moon­samy be­lieves it is only a mat­ter of time be­fore a tal­ented young­ster from the Chatsworth Net­ball Union (CNU) is dis­cov­ered.

Moon­samy knows a thing or two about de­vel­op­ing tal­ent – her in­volve­ment in the sport in var­i­ous roles spans over three decades.

The 49-year-old scooped the Man­ager of the Year gong at the

KZN Net­ball Awards re­cently, for the sec­ond time in a space of three years.

Af­ter all her years in the game how­ever, Moon­samy de­scribed the 2018 sea­son as her most mem­o­rable.

In May, she was ap­pointed man­ager of the King­dom Stars, a

KZN franchise team that com­petes in the na­tional Bru­tal Fruit Net­ball League.

“I am very happy about win­ning the award, this is what I love do­ing. The ti­tle is just a bonus,” Moon­samy said.

The hard-work­ing Moon­samy, one of KZN’S lead­ing ad­min­is­tra­tors, has man­aged the prov­ince’s se­nior team for the past four years.

“Be­ing in­volved in the Bru­tal

Fruit League was an awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Moosamy of the com­pe­ti­tion that was hosted in Pre­to­ria over a pe­riod of six week­ends.

“Net­ball South Africa have brought pro­fes­sion­al­ism to the sport and, as a man­ager, its a great place to learn and de­velop,” Moon­samy said.

The mother of three said her ma­ter­nal in­stinct kicked in when she was on tour, and that added an im­por­tant dy­namic to her role.

“All my years in ad­min­is­tra­tion helped me make the jump this year.

“On the road, I have to make sure that our play­ers’ needs are taken care off.

“They have to be com­fort­able and happy so they can per­form at their best,” Moon­samy ex­plained.

Her ex­po­sure to South Africa’s elite league has in­spired her to con­tinue her coach­ing role at her club, Wood­hurst Sport­ing, which she co-founded in the 1980s.

“I cur­rently coach ju­niors, that is where my pas­sion lies. That is where I be­lieve I can make a dif­fer­ence,” Moon­samy said.

She con­tin­ued: “I un­der­stand what it takes to play at the high­est level and I be­lieve our girls can achieve the same.”

The CNU is one of the most vi­brant leagues in the prov­ince – the per­fect plat­form for play­ers to hone their skills and get no­ticed.

“Play­ing at the high­est level re­quires a lot of com­mit­ment. Our play­ers have the abil­ity and the po­ten­tial.

“There are mas­sive op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to them now, they have to work hard and be­lieve in them­selves,” Moon­samy said.

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