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Child Academy beats rivals on their own turf

Links Combined College netball team was shattered after Child Academy created a huge points gap in the netball tournament.

Child Academy’s netball team ate the bread and left no crumbs for Links Combined Academy to pick up when the two teams faced each other on May 16.

Links lost the Ekasi Sporting Competitions Tournament 44 points to two at their home ground at Links Combined College.

The Links netball team is new in the game and found it difficult to keep up with the Child Academy’s side.

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Despite this, the Links side fought to the bitter end.

Child Academy are crowned the 2024 Ekasi Sporting Competition’s netball champions. Photo: Masego Mashilo

Child Academy’s goal shooter had the time of her life in the Links’ defence as she kept scoring goals.

In the first half, Child Academy fully dominated Links and made sure they did not get the ball into the net.

As the first half ended, Child Academy led 20-0.

The Links side tried to pick up the pace in the second half of the match, scoring two points.

Child Academy ensured they opened the gap further, scoring 24 points to bring the total to 44-2 at the final whistle.

Links Combined College captain, Sibongile Chirwa, said they lost because they were slow.

Links Combined College senior netball team. Photo: Masego Mashilo

“We tried and we gave our best. We were very slow and must improve our movements,” she said.

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Links coach Paballo Mnisi said her team tried their best.

“We tried to defend our school. Our opponents were good,” said Mnisi.

Child Academy captain Hope Dladla said her team was not used to winning with such a big score.

“I am proud of my team; I was not expecting such a big win, but it happened because our defence was tough.”

Child Academy coach Rachel Maake said she was happy with her team’s performance.

“The girls were great on the court,” she said.

Child Academy captain, Hope Dladla, making a run to shoot a goal. Photo: Masego Mashilo
 
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