Jubilation and tears of joy engulfed Diamonds netball players on Saturday after they won 2014/2015 OG Issa Southern Region Netball League following a 36-33 victory to their rivals Complex Tigresses in an exciting encounter at College of Medicine in the commercial city of Blantyre.
Diamonds were given K600, 000 for being.crowned champions while Tigresses went home with K300, 000 for scooping the second position.
From the word go, Diamonds showed their tenacity to grab the title as they kept attacking their opponents through their playmaker Jessica ‘Agogo’ Sanudi.
Sanudi netted most of the baskets for her side at ease.
In the first quarter, it was Tigresses leading with 10-8 baskets before the two teams tied 17-17 baskets in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, somehow Tigresses lost their rhythm in which Diamonds led by their shooter Sanudi turned on the heat to increase the baskets to 25-23 in the third quarter.
However, Tigresses failed to contain Diamonds pressure with Bridget Kumwenda controlling the centre by no giving Tigresses any chance.
Diamonds assistant coach Noel Mussa said he was “very excited” to snatch the league title from Tigresses.
Tigresses mentor Peace Kalua blamed the loss on poor timing on his players especially in the first and second quarter.
Southern Region Netball League Chairman Khungekile Matiya commended the sponsors, OG Issa Group of Companies for their support in the development of netball in the Southern Region.
In his speech, Francis Mponela, who is Deputy General Manager for OG Isaa said they were satisfied with the way the League was handled but was mum to comment on whether they will continue bankrolling the league.