The Cape Winelands netball team are bringing home the 2021 SPAR National Netball Championship crown. 

The crowning was made even more special as this is the first time in six years that a Western Cape side has taken home the glory. The phenomenal team beat Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) 66-54 in the final at Hoërskool DF Malan on Saturday, December 11. 

Former champions Tshwane, who have managed to snag the title four years in succession, had to bow out after members of their team contracted COVID-19, reports News24.

The defending champions weren’t the only ones disappointed at not being able to play, Winelands coach Marchelle Maroun, who coached Winelands at short notice, indicated that she would have loved to play against teams that have traditionally been “the ones to beat,” as per IOL.

“It would have been nice to have tested us against Tshwane, but we couldn’t worry about the teams not here,” she indicated Maroun. “I believe we were the best team at the tournament. I do not think the absence of Tshwane, Mangaung and Dr Kenneth Kaunda detracts from our victory. 

“We were happy that we came up against strong opposition, and they (NMB) brought the best out of us. Our players took some chances, some came off, but some did not.”

While the main event may have been being crowned the netball champions, other awards included: Best Overall Player – Jeanie Steyn; Sports medal Best Shooter – Nicholé Taljaard; Sports medal Best Mid-Court – Siphosethu Kilani and Sports medal Best Defence – Jeanté Strydom.

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