Harare City Queens were crowned the 2017 champions after dismissing ZDF 27-7 in a pre season Netball Open Tournament played at Stoddard Hall in Harare recently.
Speaking after the tournament, Zimbabwe National Super League fixture secretary Agnes Chiroodza said she was impressed by the high quality of competition among the participants.
"We held our pre-season tournament last weekend and all the expected teams came. I was impressed with the high levels of competition exhibited by all the teams which took part. We hope to have a fruitful 2017 season.
"New teams that gained promotion include Platinum Queens from Zvishavane, ZRP Tomlinson, Flow Angels and Dolphins all from Harare. The tournament acted as an induction for the new teams," said Chiroodza.
Chiroodza said that no team was relegated from the national league.
All the matches were played on a round robin basis where eight teams progressed to the quarter finals with ZDF dismissing the Dennis Dauya – guided Beta Queens 15-9. The Correctional Services team lost to Harare City 14 - 23.
Ruwa were trashed 9-19 by 'new girls' Platinum Queens. Zimplats beat Tomlinson 25-4. In the semi-finals, Platinum Queens suffered a 21-7 humiliation at the hands of ZDF. Harare City dismissed Zimplats 14-10 to book a place in the finals.
Harare City then edged ZDF 27-7 in the finals to be crowned champions.
Paida Pedzisai of Zimplats was voted best shooter while Stembile Chitova of Harare City was voted best defender. Estla Ndlovu of Harare City was voted Player of the Tournament.
Meanwhile Mutare's only representative in the National Super League, City Queens will be looking to finish in a better position this year after finishing at seventh position last season.sport