Gaborone — The North West and Central Netball game that kick-started the 'Botswana Games' on Thursday ended with a 33 all draw.
Central had control of the game until the last quarter, when North West closed the gap leading to a draw.
The Botswana Games Netball Convener, Ms Kelebogile Maplanka said in an interview that the first games were rough and tense as the girls were gauging each other's capabilities.
She observed that many times, teams come back on the third or last quarter as they spend the first two quarters strategising on how to beat their opponents.
Ms Maplanka noted that all the teams started off on a very low pace, but gained momentum after the first two quarters.
Northwest Coach, Olebogeng Kuriwa said most of their girls had only played on traditional fields back home, adding that the team found it difficult to catch up after its trusted goal attack sustained an injury.
"It is unfortunate that we lost, our aim was to stick to our plan, which was to play disciplined netball and attack," she said.
The team's captain, Patience Kebatenne said they were distracted by the noise from the stands, which made them lose focus and doubt themselves as they were only used to friendly supporters back home.
She said the noise made them lose balls at goal point, leading to many errors.
Kebatenne said her team started camping for the competitions late, only a week before the games, hence failure to train to their full capabilities.
The Central team coach, Maureen Basaako said she had a lot of faith in her team and had hoped that they would win their first match, given that their team came second at the regional competitions.
The second match pitted Gaborone against Lobatse, which ended with a 45-33 win for Gaborone. BOPA
Source : BOPA