PAMUSHANA lifted the Stella Tea National Association of Secondary School Heads (Nash) Under-17 netball tournament title at Plumtree High School on Friday.
They went into the event as defending champions. They thrashed Chifamba High School 30-9 in the final to walk away with a prizemoney of $4 000.Sharon Bwanali scored all the 30 points for Pamushana in the final as they ran amok against Chifamba.
From the first whistle Pamushana put up a spirited performance to win their group matches.
They beat Tsungai 23-3 and Chifamba 16-4 to top their group with four points.
Chifamba made it to the next stage of the competition after beating Tsungai 12-10.
Pamushana made light work of the hosts Khalanyoni in the quarter-finals to win 23-3 while Chifamba beat Highfield 1 High School 12-6.
Matabeleland South representatives Mawabeni had a good run in the tournament as they edged 2011 champions Mwenezi 14-10 in the other quarter-final.
Nemakonde beat Hwange High School 21-7 in the other quarter-final.
Bulawayo representatives Masotsha failed to win a match in the group stages, as they lost 10-9 to Khalanyoni and 13-9 to Highfield 1 High School
Chifamba won 20-10 against Nemakonde High School in the semi-final to book a berth in the final.
Pamushana beat Mawabeni 23-4 in the semis.
Pamushana coach Simbarashe Mlambo described the game as the toughest challenge they faced in the tournament.
“The final was tough we beat the same team in the group stages.
“The biggest challenge we faced was in the semi-final, they were competitive but we had good defenders like Patricia Mauladi,” said Mlambo.
Outstanding players were rewarded with prize- money of $150 each, with the player of the tournament walking away with $200.
Player of the tournament was Karen Chimoyo, best defender Patricia Maulidi, best goalscorer Sharon Bwanali all from Pamushana while Dumoluhle Ncube of Mawabeni High School was the best centre.
Runners-up Chifamba High School scooped $3 050 while third placed Nemakonde got $1 850 and Mawabeni received $1 250.
Tournament sponsors Tanganda general manager Kwarirai Chigerwe said they were motivated by the support they got from the community.
He said the tournament was a way of giving back to society and help children off the streets by playing netball.
Chigerwe promised to continue their support for netball when the Nash netball team travels to represent the country in Cossasa games in Namibia.
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