Diamonds reclaim top spot, beat Chitakale: SRNL Rainbow Paints

High flying Kukoma Diamonds produced a master class performance to thump Chitakale Sister by 109 to 14 baskets on Sunday afternoon in the Rainbow Paint sponsored Southern Region Netball League (SRNL).

Kukoma Diamonds

The reigning Presidential Cup kings led throughout the entire game as the score difference kept on changing at the end of each quater. Tower Vinkhumbo, Jessica Mazengera Sanudi and enterprising Alinafe Kamwala were among a group of players who were on top their game to guide Diamonds to their vital win over Chitakale

Diamonds have now 48 points from 16 games, while Tigresses are coming second with 42 points from 16 points as well.

The match brought the courtyard to a standstill, as spectators could not afford to miss the netball action watching Diamonds demolishing the home side without mercy.

The first quarter saw Chitakale take long to gain their composure as they gave Diamonds too much respect.

Chitakale, despite playing infront of  humdrends of home fans were too wasteful  as they failed to ultilise scoring chances, too many string passes  and poor coordination.

Unstoppable Diamonds through Jessica Sanudi and Alinafe Kamwala were outstanding with their skillful dodging and impressive tactics.

After the game, Jessica Sanudi said they are looking forward to clinch the league this season and send a warning signal to any team  they are yet to meet.

“We are in good mood, and we do not see any side stopping us in achieving our ambition to grab the title,” she said.

Speaking to Nyasa Times after the win, Coach for Diamonds, Griffin Saenda,  who is also man of the moment having won the biggest accolade in MBC’s Innovations award ceremony said his girls are in top form and having nothing to lose at the moment.

“They have the confidence having played as a team for a season or so together. They are not moved by anything and that makes my job simple. Winning the league will be a great achievement for us because it remains the only competition we have not won this season,” said Saenda who guided the Malawi netball team  to their best ever finish at the fast 5 world netball championship in Melbourne this year.

Sunday’s win meant Diamonds are on 48 points, 3 points ahead of their oldest rival Tigresses who also won Saturday against Shizaella by 65 to 32 baskets. Rejuvenated Thunder Queens thumped chitakale sisters by 96 to 24 baskets on Saturday while alliance capital beat young professionals by 80 to 26 baskets.

In other games, Prison Sisters beat Gerald Tasaukadala on Saturday before winding up their trip to Blantyre with another sounding victory over Young professionals.

Another much improved side Prison Sisters clipped Gerald Tasaukadala 52-33 baskets.

Meanwhile, Southern Region Netball League General Secretary Annie Hanjahanja said teams will be given a Christmas break for two weeks.

“We will resume the League on  January 7 next year. We have done this because we want players to enjoy and travel with their families as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ,” she said. -Additional eporting by Blessings Kamanga, Nyasa Times

Rainbow Paints Southern Region Netball League Results

14th December 2016

-Tigresses 65 vs Shizaella Queens 32.

17th December 2016

-Alliance Capital Stars 80 vs Young Professionals 27

-Thunder Queens 96 vs Chitakale Sisters 24

-Prison Sisters 52 vs Gerald Tasaukadala 33.

18th December 2016

-Chitakale Sisters 14 vs Kukoma Diamonds 109

-Prison Sisters 42 vs Young Professionals 19.


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