Shelly Guni, Sports Reporter
ZDF Queens have revived their chances of finishing in the top three in this year’s Rainbow Amateur Netball League after thumping log leaders Correctional Services Queens 44-52 in a match played at Chikurubi Training Depot on Saturday.
ZDF became the first team to defeat Correctional Queens in two years after the latter finished last season unbeaten while also going for 30 games without a defeat this season.
Although ZDF had highlighted their desire before the start of the season to finish invincible also, they were humbled by Platinum Queens who defeated them home and away to leave the Army-side on two defeats thus far.
ZDF coach Joel was a happy man.
“I wanted to prove a point to everyone that Correctional is beatable.
“Correctional has been judging on the two losses that we have, hence today’s surprise,” Sibanda said.
Sibanda added they have been itching to defeat Correctional.
“Our main aim was to beat Correctional and show everyone that it is possible.
“My players wanted to play first round game before it was abandoned.
“So since that day we had the zeal to play them and show them that.”
“We were tactically good. Emma was shooting, while Savannah was on centre and later changed her to wing – attack. We wanted to confuse our opponents because sometimes teams plan your team for you and work with that yet we managed to change that.”
He continued: “My target still remains the same. We want to finish in the top three nothing less.”
ZDF Queens goal-defense Emma Chidziva, who played goal-shooter on Saturday, was named player of the match.
Correctional Queens assistant coach Faith Makoni was disappointed.
“The match was exciting and since it is our first defeat it gave us a wakeup call on our strengths and weaknesses.
“We are going to work hard looking at our weaknesses.
“It wasn’t our day. We don’t underestimate any teams in this league. We work accordingly and if we see that the team is strong we up our game plan.”
Makoni has, however, shifted focus to their next games.
“We are going to play Platinum Queens I can’t say we are going to win. We just need to work harder.”
Asked about the changes they made, moving goal-defense Felisitus Kwangwa to shooting role, she said:
“Felly is a utility player and we thought if we put her that side she can still play well.”
The match attracted a huge crowd and also saw the sponsor Pickglow Trading Managing director Aaron Chinhara taking time to watch the game, which happens to be his first this season.
Also present was the league’s chairperson, Melody Garikai, secretary general, Moses Gukurume and treasurer Joselyn Muchenje.
The match was officiated by Agness Chiroodza and Terrence Madziva who also got themselves US$50 each from the sponsor.
Meanwhile, the two teams were docked three points each and fined a combined total of $1 700 for causing the abandonment of their first round match in August this year.
Of the total fine, $300 handed to ZDF was effective while the other $1 000 was suspended as well as the $400 fine imposed on Correctional Services, who until the disciplinary committee’s verdict, had not lost any league match since the formation of the league last year and are still on course to retaining their title.