Netball South Africa’s (NSA) longest running tournament, the SPAR National Championships, gets underway at Bela Bela in Limpopo on Monday 7th December.
The SPAR National Championships were supposed to be played in Stellenbosch in August, but had to be postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Teams from the Eastern Cape have had to withdraw because the area has been declared a COVID-19 hotspot and some of the Western Cape teams have also withdrawn.
NSA President, Cecilia Molokwane, said it was very important to stage the championships. “The Under-21s will be playing in the World Youth Championships in Fiji next year, the Commonwealth Games will be played in Birmingham in 2022, and then of course we have the Netball World Cup in Cape Town in 2023, so it is important for us to identify talent,” said Molokwane.
“We are once again playing on a district, rather than a provincial basis, as part of our commitment to take netball back to the people. Playing on a district basis gives more players an opportunity to shine. Our current SPAR Proteas captain Bongiwe Msomi, was initially spotted while playing in a C-section match and we will be keeping our eyes open for hidden talent.”
The finals will be played on Saturday 12th December and broadcast live on Supersport.
All senior A section games will be live streamed from 09h00 each day of the tournament on now.dstv.com, watch.visionview.tv and Supersport YouTube.