The on-form netball team players of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) took silver medals at the 2022 Gauteng Province Championships on 23 July 2022 at Saheti School, Ekurhuleni. The team was 10-points shy of winning the tournament, losing to the University of Pretoria (Tuks) in the final.
UJ Netball Team won silver medals at the 2022 Gauteng Province Netball Championships.
UJ player Mukhatshelwa Tshisikhawe won the Player of the Tournament accolade.
“I thank my defense teammates for setting up as needed in every match. It was a joint effort that made my job much easier. I made sure that I played my heart out on the court with each match. So, I’m humbled that it’s been acknowledged so beautifully by Gauteng Netball.
“I’ve been praying and working really hard to get my netball playing skills to where I know I can be. This is a sign that I’m on the right track. I’m very excited for what’s still coming,” explains Tshisikhawe, a BSc Physiology and Biochemistry student.
The 2021 Twizza Netball League championships are a development project by Netball South Africa in collaboration with Twizza. This Twizza League affords netball players who have not been playing for the Baby Proteas or in the Telkom Netball League a chance to play netball.
The UJ netball team won two games against Wakanda and the C dot in B region. They were later promoted to play in the Johannesburg Netball Association Twizza Championships. The team came second in the JNA Twizza Championships after playing three games and losing to Chipeya Academy in the final.
The UJ team qualified to participate in the 2022 Gauteng Province Championships where they won all games against All Stars, Sisters, Tsoelopele, TotalNet, Chipeya Academy and lost to Tuks in the final.
“This means that we definitely have a development programme, but it also means that we have so much work to do. We are capable of going to the next stages of Twizza at the national level – having our development team winning silver means our groundwork is in good standing,” says Nomsa Zungu, UJ Netball Club Assistant Coach.