Zomba Airwing Sisters have retained the district Presidential Netball Cup title following their 22-12 rout of Triggers Sisters in the final match played at their backyard on Sunday.
As defending champions of the trophy, Airwing Sisters used their experience to outplay their opponents. No wonder, they led with a wide margin in the first quarter of the match.
Triggers, which consists of female soldiers, failed to live up to their billing as most of their basket shots by Lilian Katenda, Jefesi Bandawe and the Matola sisters—Patricia and Eliza—missed the target.
Airwing’s attacker Mwaliwase Phiri gave her markers a torrid time with her dazzling ball-handling skills and dodges. She was at the heart of most of Airwing’s attacks assisted by Regina Liwonde, Mercy Nyirenda and Salome Koloko.
In a post-match interview, Zomba Airwing Sisters captain Sergeant Mercy Nyirenda attributed the outstanding performance to a fighting spirit existing among the players whereas her counterpart Jane Nyirenda said her team kept changing players during the competition due to military duties.
Speaking during prize-giving ceremony, chairperson of the district organising committee Margret Maluwa said the competition delayed to finish due to late allocation of funds.
“I appreciate the high levels of discipline of all the teams that participated in the competition and I urge the two teams that played in the final to prepare thoroughly for the regional tournament,” she said.
For being champions, Zomba Airwing Sisters went away with K100 000 plus a trophy whereas Triggers received K70 000 as runners-up. Prison Sisters, who beat Cobbe Sisters 20-15 in a third-place play-off earlier on, received K50 000 whereas Cobbe went away with K30 000 as fourth-placed team.