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Netball's fallen star honoured

By unknown | Jun 13, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Netballers around Rustenburg, North West, will celebrate Youth Day on Monday with a series of netball matches to pay tribute to the late national player, Yvonne Phiri.

The matches are the brainchild of the executive committee of Netball South Africa (NSA).

The event, which is known as The Late Yvonne Phiri Youth Day Celebrations, is also backed by Rustenburg and Bojanala municipalities and the local department of sports arts and culture.

Phiri, the former national under-21 netball player, died in a car accident in November 2006.

She was returning home to Lethabong in Rustenburg from a training camp for the Proteas, the senior national squad, in Pretoria.

She had just been drafted into the senior squad for the World Championships in New Zealand.

Portia Dimu, NSA's events and development manager, said the event on Monday would cater for developmental clubs in and around Lethabong.

"Yvonne was young but was passionate about netball development," Dimu said "We are going to have 12 clubs and four of them are from Yvonne's hometown. Sixty-eight clubs wanted to be part of the games but we had to settle for 12 because it would have been impossible for us to accommodate all of them in one day.

"We are going to give winning teams netball kit, balls, cones, whistles and other training material to encourage them to play netball actively," she said.

The matches will be played at Iketleetso High School where Phiri's netball talent was nurtured.


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