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The newly established Maun Heroes Netball club has set its target at reaching the top eight of the on-going Lucara Netball League which kick started on the 13th January 2024 in Selibe Phikwe and expected to end in June.
The league, sponsored by Lucara at a tune of P300 000 is divided into the North Zone and South Zone games. At the last round of the league the top four selected teams from each zone will battle against each other in the top eight competitions to determine the league champions.
The first round of the North Zone games has already been held in Selibe Phikwe on the 13th this month and participating teams included Tasc, Morupule Wanderers, Nico United, Boteti River Giants, Tafic, Uprising Stars and Maun Heroes.
The first round of the South Zone games followed from the 20th- 21st of January in Gaborone and the participating teams included Police, Jwaneng, BDF Cats, Vipers, Prisons, UB, Jaspers and Notwane.
From the games played, Maun Heroes ladies team won 46- 34 against Tafic while the club lost its first game 47-29 against Tasc. On the other hand, the men’s team walloped Thunderbolts 41-31 in its second game and lost 19-42 in the first game against Tafic.
In an interview, Maun Heroes Netball Club Coach Motogelwa Seno said that from the games that they have played against some of the most experienced teams, they remain hopeful that his team can reach the top eight competitions. Seno noted that the team played very well and the players have actually performed as they were instructed.
‘‘I am so happy to have had the opportunity to play against some of the experienced netball teams, I had encouraged my players not to put themselves under pressure and they did as instructed. As a coach I am not new in the netball industry therefore I understand what it requires,” he said.
He further highlighted that Maun Heroes previously had a pre-season tournament in which they attained position three. He said in preparing the team for various competitions following its establishment last year the club held some recruitment trials in Maun and managed to select some of the best players.
Further to the trials Seno said they have also signed six players from different local clubs in their ladies’ team and two for the men’s team. Some of the players, he said, ply their trade in the national team, which further cements their confidence and chances of making it to the top 8 teams of the league. This is despite the fact that the team still faces financial challenges to honour some of its away matches.