Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League
The Limpopo Baobabs gave the North West Flames a run for their money in their Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League match at the Bellville Velodrome on Friday night. Although the Flames won the match by 49 goals to 28, the Baobabs kept pace with them for the first three quarters, and it was only through the Flames’ superior fitness and experience that they pulled through to victory.
The first quarter saw both teams displaying a solid start and great defensive strategies, ending with a 12 – 7 lead for the Flames. The turning point in the game came in the third quarter, when the Flames introduced Marike Maree and Melandi Pretorious in the circle. The duo managed to score 16 goals sending the Flames to a 38 – 22 lead.
“I’m immensely proud of the girls,” said Baobabs coach Dumisani Chauke. “It was good to see them fight right to the end. Same game last year we lost 79 – 28 and this has been a great improvement by the squad. I didn’t make any changes because I thought they all deserved to stay on the court.”
Flames coach Dorette Badenhorst said the match was not the greatest display for her team, but gave her the opportunity to try out various new combinations and afford all players game time. “A few players are still struggling to get into game form, but I was pleasantly surprised by some of the new combinations that I tried. The team battled to keep position and made elementary mistakes.”
Great job done by Chauke and her team, the Baobabs played an exceptional match today.