Notwane edged BDF CATS 36-34 in a tightly contested final on Sunday afternoon. Earlier on the day, Gaborone Prisons also narrowly defeated Merementsi 36-35 to claim third position while the latter finished fourth.
Notwane and CATS performed exceptionally well in the preliminaries played on Saturday, winning all their games to set the stage for the final. The tournament involved six local teams and an invitational side from South Africa.
Notwane won a floating trophy and gold medals, while CATS and Prisons walked away with the second and third prizes, trophies and medals respectively.
In individual prizes, Bronia Ntshabele of CATS walked away with the Best Midcourt Player award while Tumisang Bagidi scooped the Best Shooter award.
Though their teams could not reach the final, Gosego Tsele of Prisons claimed the Best Defender award while Gosegonna Kelefetswe won the Most Disciplined Player award.
Notwane were crowned champions for the first time since its establishment two years back and CATS reached the final for the first time.
The tournament was held under the theme, “Compassion towards orphaned and vulnerable children”. Its objectives were, among others, to use sports as a platform for greater public awareness of the global epidemic and also to incorporate HIV/AIDS education in the game of netball.
Messages disseminated through various ways. There were motivational speakers from different fields to sensitise the public about life threatening diseases in the country and the Tebelopele conducted a voluntary testing and counselling for all.
Among the guests were Member of Parliament (MP) for Gaborone Central Dumelang Saleshando, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) Tuelo Serufo and Mrs Jones from Youth Against AIDS.