It’s a Wrap!
Provincial schools from across the country descended upon Florida and the Nike Centre for the netball and football National Games. Each team came out in full force to compete for the gold and silver medals in their respective sport. Each team kept a firm eye on the glimmering golden trophy that would place them as the National champions in either netball or football.
In the Netball games, Afrikaans Hoer Masies Skool (AHMP) from Gauteng came out strongest in the Botho division, followed by the runner-up, Shayamoya from Kwazulu Natal. It was almost a win for Shayamoya which lost by a slim margin – one point – but made for a very thrilling face off.
Shayamoya is from an informal settlement in Kwazulu-Natal with no proper training facilities, and whose coaches come from SAPS (South African Police Service). Considering their background, they impressively held their own against AHMP.
In the Ubuntu division, Nhlahlayethu from Kwazulu-Natal emerged as the champion, with Muziwisizwe as the runner-up.
AHMP, Shayamoya and Nhlahlayethu will go on to represent South Africa in an international tournament in Singapore. After such an exciting showdown at the National games, we trust that the international tournament will be even more of a thrill, as the girls will be armed with the confidence of having won the National games in their own country. In Singapore, South Africa’s teams will face a roster of school teams from countries around the world.
After several matches played throughout the day in football, it was a decisive win for Clapham High School, who beat out runner-up, Harmony High School. Clapham will walk away with a R1 million prize, which will go towards the development of their team and school. The runner-up will not go home empty handed either. Harmony High School will receive R600 000 that will also be used towards their own development programme.
While only a few teams came out on top, the National games proved to be a success for all who participated. Both the netball and football games started and ended off on a strong note, with the support of the SASN (South African Schools Netball), SAFA (South African Football Association) and the Department of Education.
In search of the next great player, while also encouraging young girls and boys to engage in sport, the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup is a platform to highlight the best players from schools across the country.
The Motsepe Foundation thanks all its partners for their valuable support and we wish all the teams that participated the best of luck in the next Provincial and National games.