Civonets Saturday were crowned champions of the GOTV Netball Champions League at Don Bosco Youth Centre in Lilongwe after beating defending champions, Kukoma Diamonds by 26 baskets to 16 in the final.
The game was described as netball battle for Lilongwe and Blantyre in a hot Saturday afternoon before a packed crowd.
Civonets were crowned the championship after beating with no mercy the defending champions Kukoma Diamonds by 26 baskets to 16 baskets in a game played through 3 half’s.
Civonets dominated in all three sets showed a lot of brilliance in their performance by scoring goals as if they were playing alone in the court and without giving a chance to Kukoma Diamonds.
Speaking in an interview, coach for Civonets White Mulilima said he has been waiting for this moment to come.
“We knew that we are going to beat them because they have never beaten us in this competition, our secret to win this game was because of togetherness, and my girls listen to what I always tell them that is why we have managed to win the game and also being the first team in central region to win this championship” he said.
Civonets made history by becoming the first team from the central region to win the GOTV Netball Champions and which was played in a FAST5 format.
In other games during the grand finale, Blue Eagles Sisters were on third position after beating MAFCO Sisters by 26 baskets to 18 baskets. Thunder Queens beat Tigresses by 28 baskets to 16 baskets and Mimosa won by 18 baskets to 16 baskets by beating Lameck Queens.
Multi Choice Malawi Sales and Marketing Manager, Chimwemwe Nyirenda said he was very happy because the tournament has ended as it was planned.
“This year’s tournament has been special because we have new champions from central region, this is what most people will be asking if you could see the performance of Civonets in the previous tournaments they were always behind but this season they are the champions” he said.
The games were played in a FAST5 format in which the Malawi Queens are preparing for the FAST5 tournament in Australia, Nyirenda hailed the netball family for the support they had through the journey.
“We thought it wise for the competition to be played in that format because the queens have been making us proud so to give them enough support and time that is why we introduced the format, in the competition we had some challenges with our venues as you know in Malawi we do not have indoor court were netball can be played and I should tell the national that GOTV Netball Champions League is here to stay we will settle down and see in which format we will have next year,” Nyirenda added.