Sports Reporter

RAINBOW Netball League defending champions, Glow Petroleum Queens, started the season on a high, winning both their fixtures in Bulawayo at the weekend.

The Perpetua Siyachitema led side were the biggest winners in the opening week of the RANL Season 2024 which hosted more than 20 games that were played in bubble format at seven venues across provinces.

To stamp authority, Glow whitewashed Golden Valley 88-16 before beating Rio-Zim 86-19.

Siyachitema paid tribute to her charges for starting off the season on a high and also called for consistency if they are to retain their title.

“It is difficult to maintain when you have stayed at the top for so long because everyone will be preparing and aiming to defeat you, in fact, you become everyone’s target hence you constantly have to think outside the box,” she said.

“Staying at the peak comes with a lot of pressure but we should learn how best to handle it.

“We should not be complacent at all, we will treat every team as a big team and approach each game as it is.

“My message to the girls has always been for them to work harder than last season, stick to our training and game plans and avoid pressure at all costs so what is key right now is for us to remain focused and double our work rate.”

 Correctional Queens and ZRP Mambas who finished last season as the first and second runners-up also cemented their positions walking away with victories in their games.

With the games running under the theme “Say No to Drugs” Mambas got the better of Chibwe Queens 30-42 before brushing aside Belvedere Teachers’ College 64-29.

RANL League Week 1 Results

Chibwe Queens 30, Black Mambas 42; Black Mambas 64, Belvedere 29; Chibwe queens 56, Belvedere 24; Bright Emerald 23, Correctional 62; Correctional 95, Ruwa 19; Bright Emerald 57, Ruwa 26; Yadah 33, Support Unit 35; Support Unit 33, Flow Angels 43; Yadah 25, Flow Angels 36; Mweyamutsvene 28, Tenax 63; Tenax 39, Santa Queens 25, Mweyamutsvene 23, Santa Queens 33; Bikita Minerals 36, Hi Flyers 39; ZRP Masvingo 39, Hi Flyers 27; Bikita Minerals 25, ZRP Masvingo 54; Mthala Queens 51, Filchrist 37; Filchrist 29, Khami 47; Golden Valley 14, Glow Petroleum 88, Glow Petroleum 86, Rio Zim 16, Golden Valley 43, Rio Zim 21.

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