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Zim netballer shines in Australia

ZIMBABWEAN netballer, Tapiwa Kahonde, is shining in Australia where she won the Most Valuable Player in the premier state league, the 19-and-Under category, in the Victorian Netball League.

Kahonde plays for Wilson Storage Southern Saints, 19-Under-Under category, and is one of the co-captains.

It was a double delight for Kahonde last Thursday when scooped the gong, and was also named in the team of the year.

She was named among the best mid-court players this season in her 19-and-Under category. The Latrobe University student has been receiving rave reviews in the Victorian league. Chelsea football netball club posted on their website, praising Kahonde.

“Huge recognition for our A-grade superstar tonight, Tadiwa Kahonde, on winning the VNL Under-19’s MVP playing with the Wilson Storage Southern Saints.

‘‘What a legend Tadi is, this is massive and testament to Tadi’s skill, hard work and attitude to her netball.

‘‘Well done,” they wrote.

Southern Saints describe Kahonde as the queen of turnovers.

The club won the 2021 league and are already planning for a fresh season.

The Victorian Netball League has 10 clubs, across three divisions, in Victoria.

Kahonde is the only Zimbabwean playing professional netball in Australia.

Gems top shooter, Joice Takaidza, is also based in Australia and plays for a community club. Meanwhile, the local top-flight netball players are excited they are back in action, after the successful staging of the Premier Netball League Launch tournament over the weekend, at White City, in Bulawayo.

Platinum Queens were crowned champions, after a 26-16 win over Goldreef Queens, in the final. Zimbabwe Defence Forces secured bronze. The new top-flight league is expected to start next month

Platinum Queens captain, Nomagugu Makhalima, said they were looking forward to the start of the league.

“I am very happy and excited that we are back in court and that we managed to start the season with a win, and a big one too.

“Everyone has been waiting for this moment and I am sure everyone cannot wait for the games to begin,” she said.

Harare City veteran wing attacker, Nomatter Changata, also welcomed the return of netball.

“We are excited that netball is back. This is our source of living so, if we are playing, we are able to take care of ourselves, and our families. The netball court is our workplace, we are really happy that netball is back. We have been on the sidelines for too long.

“The tournament presented us with a chance to build on, and prepare, for the new season. We have assessed ourselves and we are looking forward to the new season,” she said.

Harare City finished in eighth place.

NPL media officer, Yeukai Muchenu, said they were finalising the logistics.

“We are excited that the tournament was a great success and we are looking forward to a professional, and competitive, league which will be starting soon,” she said.

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