By Lawrence Trusida
PLATINUM Queens emerged as the biggest winners from the inaugural Premier Netball League awards after scooping two accolades at a colourful event held in the capital this Saturday evening.
The Premier Netball League (PNL) was launched last year and managed to host matches in a bio-secure bubble format at different venues across the country.
The Zvishavane based Platinum Queens who won the league, grabbed the overall team of the year award while their coach Simbarashe Mlambo affectionately known as coach Sibbs grabbed the coach of the year award.
The club received US$1 200 and a trophy For its exploits, while coach Mlambo who made it two in a row after winning the same award when Platinum Queens was still playing in the Rainbow Amateur Netball League (RANL) credited the family environment for his success.
“We have a family environment at the club and that has enabled us to succeed yes as an individual I am happy but it is all because of the team we now understand what we want to do,” said Simbarashe Mlambo, Platinum Queen’s coach.
FilChrist High School was also part of the league, and they did not walk away empty-handed after being given the most disciplined team award walking away with a hamper and some prize money.
The team captain was happy with the lessons from their inaugural season.
“ We learnt a lot above all the team spirit, as a school playing with processionals it was easy but then we learnt how to handle pressure in and out of the court we also learnt how to do things and now we believe we can do anything thanks to the league,” they said.
Nicole Muzanenhamo of Green Fuel Angels was named the player of the season while Mercy Chinyama of Harare City scooped the golden hand award after having the most points in the season.
The event was attended by several officials who included the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee Chief executive officer, Stephen Mudawarima and the
Zimbabwe Netball Association president Leticia Chipandu.