NETBALL clubs will this weekend descend on Harare for the National Super League tournament to mark the beginning of the 2016 season at Stodart Hall in Mbare.
Twenty-one clubs will take part in the tournament following the promotion of four clubs into the national league after play-offs held last week.
Black Rhinos, Yadah, City of Harare and Nehanda made it into the Super League after shrugging off stiff competition from more than 28 clubs that took part in the play-offs.
Zimbabwe Netball Association president Lettitia Chipandu said the tournament will also be used to initiate new clubs into the league.
“The new clubs will get to test the waters and experience the level of competition in the Super League.
This will also act as an induction for them,” said Chipandu.
She expressed concern at the low number of clubs from the southern region in the Super League, saying this derailed their plans of dividing the league into two, the northern region and southern region.
“Our dream is to see more teams from the southern region because at the moment the league has many teams from the northern region. If we get many teams from the region, we will create two super leagues, with one in the southern region and the other in the northern region.
“Such a move will also drastically reduce travelling and other related costs since we don’t have sponsorship,” she said.
Midlands’ representatives Glow Petroleum Queens and ConGold are some of the clubs from the southern region in the Super League. ZRP Bulawayo, Khami Prisons and ZPC Hwange are the other representatives from the region.