The Southern Stings wrapped up a weekend of ‘brutal’ netball in style when they defeated an upbeat Gauteng Jaguars side 56-50 to also keep a clean record in their Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League campaign this year.
It was a rather intense match between the two, but the ladies from the Western Cape managed to hold it down and left the Jaguars trailing throughout the match.
The Stings are now four matches unbeaten and this, according to coach Annelie Lucas, gives them enough motivation to keep pushing for more wins.
Lucas walked in the media room in the Heartfelt Arena full of confidence and that was expected of her, especially looking at the way her team played.
Lucas cautioned their oppositions to brace themeselves for more brutal action from her side because from what she has seen so far, is not yet the side she knows.
“It was a great match for us, I’m a happy coach. This obviously gives us the motivation, but we do not want to get ahead of ourselves. We have to take it one match at a time. I have seen a lot of improvement. They are not at the level I expect them to be and I even told them that they are playing averagely, they haven’t started playing real netball yet. You will still see more action from us, this is only the beginning,” she said.
The Jaguars coach Jenny van Dyk believes the loss was a learning curve for them and that it is better to be able to see their mistakes at an early stage because it gives them enough time to work on them and come out even better as the tournament progresses.
“It wasn’t a bad game for us overall, I think we had moments where we did very well, it just didn’t go our way this time. However, this gives us time now to go back to the drawing board and work on the small things we missed. This was a wake up call for us, maybe it also says that we need to move from our comfort zone. I think they are still a very good team and I think they can still do it,” she said.
They will play against Eastern Cape Aloes on Saturday while the Stings will face off against the Flames.