15 September 2016


Everyone knows that playing sport is good for you physically. It gets you out of the house and away from the screen-based activities –TVs, computers and video games.
But the immediate health benefits, while significant, might almost be outweighed by the long-term benefits playing a team sport like netball can have.
“A recent research summary report by the Women’s Sports Foundation, an American organisation, and others” says NSW Swifts physiotherapist Sean Mungovan, “highlights that girls who are physically active, including those who play team sports have a reduced risk of obesity, diabetes, depression and low self-esteem.
Significantly, in the long term being physically active can reduce the risk of developing health problems further down the track including osteoporosis, breast cancer and heart disease.”
If that wasn’t enough food for thought, people who play netball also tend to do better academically, are more likely to graduate from high school and have greater career success.
Netball teaches people so much more than the sport itself. Being a member of a netball team teaches skills that the people take with them into their wider worlds of school and work. Beyond the obvious team work, people also learn to deal with adversity through loses or injuries, how to problem-solve more effectively, as well as how to push themselves to improve their skills. These skills are eagerly sought in the workplace, with many employers keen to hire people who have participated in team sports (making netball good for your bank balance too, if it helps you get that job!).
So, just in case you were wondering: Netball really is good for you.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and join in – your body and mind will thank you for it later.

-Adapted from the Internet by Dikopo Megan Moeng

Netball under 16….the best team,TK Queens!

8 August 2016

If you don’t see yourself as a winner, you cannot perform as a winner. But it is all about team work because no player can do it by himself!
Hockey and netball was and still are team games. When they are played well, they require their players to be quick, strong, smart and brave, to be part of the team.
You can be part of some hockey and netball magic’s by:
 Working with each other, you and your team mates can be better together than you might be as an individual player. In netball and hockey, the best team beats the best individual player.
Hockey and netball can be beautiful games, but as in all sports, people can get hurt. There are some hints/procedures to follow so that you can experience the beautiful parts of hockey and netball, and reduce the risk of getting hurt.
It seems like since we have opened, we haven’t had any matches so far but practices are taking place. When I talk to the players, they say that there are many ways to the top and the training method you choose is just the one that suits the team best. They also say that “The most important thing is the attitude of the player.  Just that desire to get there to the top is very good motivation.”
I am glad that our teams see themselves as winners! And I believe that they really can perform as the champions they are at heart. We are the tigers and we are fierce! We could ourselves be kings and queens of the jungle!

Interview with Netball Coach Mrs. Sanet Botha

Have you always enjoyed netball?
Yes, since Grade 2.

Who inspired you in netball?
My Grade 2 teacher, Miss Trighard.

What advice would you give to your netball players?
Teamwork and discipline is the key.

Do you think the time you spend with your players is enough?
Not at all! We need 4 hours a week.

What are your goals for this term?
For term 3, Fitness levels must go up.

What was the best / motivational advices given and that are still with you today?
Never be a sheep. Be a lion in everything you do. AND Normal is boring.


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