The first day of the annual Menlopark Netball tournament in Pretoria was delayed due to some consistent rain in the Jacaranda City.
The teams did however get a chance to take to the court as the weather cleared up later in the day. The hosts, Menlopark, defeated Monument of Krugersdorp by 33-8 in their only match on the opening day.
Ben Vorster of Tzaneen would be very happy with their 23-15 victory over Helpmekaar on the opening day, while Potchefstroom Volkskool managed to beat Oranje of Bloemfontein by 17-11 in na exciting encounter.
Helpmekaar did manage to secure a 20-all draw against Paarl Girls’ High, who probably was the top side in the country last year.
Paarl Gimnasium bagged a convincing 27-8 victory over Florida in their only match on the opening day. Gimmies seems to be a team to watch out for this season.
Probably the highlight of the opening day was the showcase match between the Gauteng Jaguars and the North West Flames
Court 1: Leeuwenhof 14, Linden 12; Ben Vorster 23, Helpmekaar 15; Lichtenburg 23, Prestige College 13; Ferrum 10, Wonderboom 10.
Court 2: Paarl Gimnasium 27, Florida 8; Duineveld 19, Noordheuwel 17; Kalahari 19, Merensky 17; Oranje 33, Potchefstroom Gimnasium 3.
Court 3: Merensky 16, Klerksdorp 13; Bloemhof 23, Potchefstroom Gimnasium 19; Florida 23, Milnerton 19; Menlopark 33, Monument 8.
Court 4: Middelburg 24, Randburg 16; Potchefstroom Volkskool 17, Oranje 11; Linden 17, Hans Moore 11; Brackenfell 15, Ben Vorster 12.
Court 5: Swartland 15, Wonderboom 12; Prestige College 19, Hans Moore 13; Noordheuwel 19, Middelburg 13; Helpmekaar 20, Paarl Girls’ High 20.