Day 7: Zimbabwe Netball Shrugs Off South Africa To Win Gold

Team Zimbabwe had netball Gold added to its medal tally in AUSC Region 5 Youth Games today.

Zimbabwe came into the final licking wounds of a 40-32 defeat to South Africa in the preliminaries on Tuesday. The southern neighbours on the other hand came into the final on the back of an unbeaten streak in the tournament.

A 69-19 victory over Namibia en route to the final is all Zimbabwe could draw confidence from. It proved to be enough. The host team enjoyed a narrow 23-20 lead going into the halftime break.

Zimbabwe Netball
The Golden Girls Pic courtesy of @sportszonezw

The last quarter was particularly tense, but the home fans erupted into song, spurring the young Zimbabwean ladies to a 45-37 victory. Games mascot, Jumbo showed his true colors joining in the after-match celebrations with some slick dance moves.

Earlier at the White City Netball Courts, Botswana took the Bronze after beating Namibia 48-28.

Team Zimbabwe Netball: Ncube Junior, Chitiva Sthembile, Kwangwa Felistus, Sharon Tanyaradzwa, Ncube Sicinile, Mukwadi Mercy Felistus, Chiwenga Chido Confidence, Kakono Nyasha, Mbimba Tasuma, Makhalima Nomagugu, Chigora Monalisa and Mauladi Patricia