Poly Queens, Young Pro’ yet to win in Rainbow Paints league

Polytechnic Queens and Young Professionals journey in the on-going 2017 Rainbow Paints Southern region Netball League continues to be tough for the two teams as they are yet to register a win since the start of this year’s competition.

Part of the Poly and Diamonds game – Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times
Poly Queens -Photo by Chipambano Mbewe, Nyasa Times

Poly Queens, who are the new comers in the league, have played 7 games. The team has lost 6 games and managed to draw one while their counterpart (Young Professionals) has played  8 games, lost 7 and draw one as well.

The students conceded 174 baskets in two days, following their defeats against Kukoma Diamonds and Chilomoni Sisters.

Polytechnic lost 120-9 baskets  on Friday against Kukoma Diamonds, before another 54-26 defeat on Saturday in the hands of Chilomoni Sisters.

In Friday’s encounter, Kukoma Diamonds showed no mercy as they suffocated the students in all the four quarters.

As usual Jessica Sanudi led her charges to this slaughtering campaign as she combined will with Sarudzai Gondwe, while Bridget Kumwenda orchestrated things from the middle of the park.

It was a one sided affair, but the students have a good squad only that they lack confidence and experience.

Another disadvantage in the student’s squad is that almost all their players are shorter; hence they find it tough to win aerial balls.

Kukoma Diamonds captain Sarudzai Gondwe described  the outcome of the match as a positive sign in their quest to defend the title.

“This victory has drawn us closer to our ambition of defending the title. We will not rest and we will be taking game after game,” she said.

Vice captain for Poly Queens Eddah Mkombezi told Nyasa Times that their team is struggling to register a win because they don’t have a coach.

“We have many talented and skillful players but the only problem we are facing is that we don’t have a serious trained coach who can lead us with training sessions even during game time  like the way it is with our fellow teams. We’ve written a concern letter to our school management asking them to hire a full time coach for the team and we are just waiting for the response, and if this can work people will see changes in terms of play.”

In other matches, Shizaella Queens beat Young Professionals 69-23, while Kukoma Diamonds pruned Serenity Stars 78-40.

Thunder Queens also clipped Shizaella Queens 62-27.

However, on Tuesday it will be Blantyre derby, as Tigresses takes on Thunder Queens.

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