Major Boost for Netball
The Western Cape Government gave netball a major boost by supporting the Spar Netball Challenge that kicked off at the Good Hope Centre on Monday, 9 July 2012.
South Africa outclassed Northern Ireland in the three-test tournament, winning 61-37, 66-42 and 58-52 respectively. The tournament also saw curtain raiser matches between South Africa u21 and England u21 entertain the fans. The u21-side of England clinched the three-test battle with 48-37 and 48-37, with South Africa winning the first match 56-31.
At the opening ceremony, Premier Helen Zille said that the City of Cape Town is delighted to host this tournament. "Netball is a popular sport popular sport in South Africa and being a woman's favourite choice, this is going to be an exciting tournament." She said there are about four million netball fans in South Africa, and she thanked those involved in the sport for creating job opportunities and social inclusion in the Western Cape.
Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Dr Ivan Meyer, presented gifts to Protea players Erin Burger and Zanele Mdodana on the occasion of their 50th test caps. He handed the Player of the Match award to South Africa's captain Amanda Mynhardt.
It is a pleasure for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport to be associated with this tournament. This is a clear example of how to bring people together through sport.