Shelly Guni, Sports Reporter
THE Rainbow Amateur Netball League (RANL) will host its end of season awards next week to honour those who excelled.
RANL secretary-general Moses Gukurume said the awards would be held on December 13 at a local hotel in the capital.
Correctional Services Queens, who retained their title for the second year running, ahead of nearest rivals ZDF Queens are guaranteed of the biggest cheque while teams and several individuals will also be recognised for their efforts at the same function.
“We are going to reward every team in the league. No team will go home empty handed, they will all receive a token that will motivate them to do better next season,” Gukurume said.
“But the main awards will be for the top three teams, which are the champions, first and second runner up. We are also going to give individual awards to those who were outstanding throughout the season.
“The league will also be rewarding The Player of the Year, Golden Hand, Coach of the Year, Most Consistent Umpire, Most Disciplined Team as well as the Players’ Player of the Year. Also our five regional champions will also be recognized at the same occasion,” he said.
Gukurume however, highlighted that the package for each award will be availed soon.
Ngezi Platinum Queens pair of goal-attackers Tafadzwa Matura and Brenda Ncube are some of the players who are being tipped for the top gong following impressive season which saw their side finish at a respectable position.
Last year, Platinum Queens’ Progress Moyo won Player of the Year with Correctional Queens and Platinum Queens being named team with the most defence and the Most disciplined team in the league.
Despite some of the executive glitches and economic challenges the league faced this year, Gukurume is however happy with the progress they have made since its inception two years ago.
“As RANL we are very happy to see the curtain coming down on the 2019 Season. It was a very exciting and challenging season to administrators, teams and even the sponsor.
“The competition in this season was very tough and there were no small teams that saw those teams tagged as underdogs posting very surprising results.
“We also saw girls from our league forming the bigger number to represent the country in Liverpool. The experience they got brought a lot of excitement especially in the second half of the season.”
“The season had its fair share of challenges most of them being attributed to the economic environment in the country.
“Some of our teams failed to travel to their games and in some cases arriving late. The situation was further compound by the fuel shortages which made confirmation of games a challenge.”