My niece is staying with us this week as they are playing in the National Netball Tournament She just walked through the door and not knowing what to write for tonight's post she gave me a good story without even knowing why I was so interested. By the way this will be my first and last post on netball as it is one sport I can't watch along with squash.
They lost the match, but they won pricked my ears up immediately as you can't lose and win. They won on a technicality. This is how screwed up this is as you are dealing with young girls from various age groups and race shouldn't come into play with sport. This is how the government thinks and it is backward and racist whether you like it or not.
There are 7 girls on a netball team and then they have 5 substitutes. The squad is 12 girls strong and they have to have 3 whites in the squad. On court at any one time there has to be two white girls playing out of the 7 otherwise penalties are incurred. For every white girl short they lose the equivalent of 3 goals. If the team has less blacks and more whites the same applies.
Different regions around the country have different quota systems in place. She is from Natal so it is 5 Black Girls and 2 White Girls that have to be on court. Johannesburg it is 3 white girls and 4 black girls that comprise the make up of the team. I find this ludicrous and upsetting as what are you teaching the new generation.
Netball South Africa is run by Black management and these are the Sports Ministers guide lines that they have to adhere to. It makes me sick that you can't let the best girls be chosen and forget what race they are. I knew there was a quota but had no idea it was stipulated for team selections even for netball.
We see it in Rugby and Cricket already and to be honest that is why I don't support them anymore. The national teams are weaker because of this as for sport you can't work on a quota system. I am happy when I see people like Kevin Petersen playing for an adopted country as there talent would have just been lost. He was told this when playing for the Natal second team.