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Despatch to defend winning streak during Eastern Cape Championship

By Dalney Demana , in Netball | News news , at 2023-06-15

From L to R: Charmaine Beetge(coach), Heslé de Lange, Anel Strauss, Danielle Marais, Leila Nel, Jana Terblanche, Ruzanne du Randt, Inge vam Eyk<br />Front: Edon Snyman(capt), Annica Botha and Simoné Louw

While the rest of the country takes the long weekend off to celebrate the public holiday, Eastern Cape will host their Netball League championship games. 

The ECSN championships will be held on 16 and 17 June on a span of two venues. The u16 age group team will have their matches at Hudson Park High School in Vincent. 

The rest of the age groups (u15, u17 and u19) will play on the Grens courts. Hoërskool Despatch from Botharus will travel to Baysville (Grens) to defend their two-year winning streak in the League. 

Last year, they defeated Pearson college 34-26 and are looking forward to great contesting games which they are prepared for.

Hoërskool Grens, the hosts, finished third last year. As much as their team will fight to win, their coach says it’s important that the girls still have fun. 

“The training that you do before the exams is important. As long as they maintain what they trained before the exams. Hopefully, that will help us this weekend” Arlien Myburg, first team coach, told Superschools.

Grens will be on the lookout for Framesby and Despatch, their biggest competitors. They recently faced and defeated Hudson Park High.

These games come as the girls complete their June examination periods. Friday’s matches will start at 08:00 and end at 17:00. Saturday’s games will start at 08:00 and end at 15:00.

The Pools:

Pool A: Umtata High School, Joe Slovo Freedom High School, Hudson Park High School, St Teresa High School

Pool B: Ngangelizwe High School, Hoërskool Despatch, Executive Academy, Gill College

Pool C: Khanyisa High School, Hoërskool Framesby, Ganizulu Senior Secondary School, Humansdorp Secondary School

Pool D: St James Secondary, West Bank High School, Hoërskool Grens, Kwazakhele 

The Fixtures

Court 1: Mtata High vs St Teresa; Grens vs West Bank;, Hudson Park vs Mtata High Round 9, Framesby vs Humansdorp Round 10, St James vs Grens; Ngangelizwe vs Despatch; Grens vs Kwazakhele Round 20, Khanyisa vs Framesby Round 21

Court 2: Hudson Park vs Joe Slovo; Kwazakhele vs St James; Joe Slovo vs St Theresa Round 9, Ngangelizwe vs Executive Round 10, West Bank vs Kwazakhele Round 11, Gill College vs Executive Round 19, Mtata High vs Joe Slovo Round 20, Gazankulu vs Humansdorp Round 21

Court 3: Khanyisa vs Humansdorp Round 7, Khanyisa vs Ganizulu Round 9, Despatch vs Gill College Round 10, St James vs Westbank Round 19, Hudson Park vs St Teresa;

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