Boma Sisters on Sunday retained the Gateway Netball Challenge District Championship for the third consecutive year after beating Area 30 Sisters 32-26 in the final played at Gateway Mall court in Lilongwe.
The CivoNets reserve alongside Area 30 Sisters, Olembe Queens and Don Bosco have joined seeded-teams, Blue Eagles, CivoNets, Green Sisters and Mafco for the competition’s regional level set for October 14.
Goalshooter Eliza Nyaka and Patience Pondamali inspired Boma Sisters to victory.
The first quarter ended in a tie at 10-10 before Boma Sisters took a marginal 17-15 lead in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, they stretched the lead to 25-21 and wrapped up the game 32-26 in the fourth quarter.
Boma Stars team manager ThokozaniNdalama said it was a tough match.
“They gave us a good run and we had to sweat for the victory, but I must thank the girls that we have made it,” she said.
Area 30 assistant coach Cecilia MtukuleBongwe said she was impressed with the performance of the team.
“We have just assembled this team for only two months and to reach this far is not a mean achievement,” she said.
As champions, Boma Sisters received a trophy and K350 000 while Area 30 received K250 000.
Don Bosco, who beat Olembe 32-7 in a third-place battle, received K150 000 while Olembe got K100 000.
Mpico plc financial controller Cosmas Katulukira, whose company sponsors the competition to the tune of K40 million, said he was impressed with the stiff competition.
On her part, Central Region Netball Committee general secretary John Mhanjiri said they are expecting a stiff in the round of eight as Central Region teams have improved.
Blue Eagles are the defending champions and they have won it for three years.