Crinums Rub Salt Into Jaguars’ Wound With A Dominant Finish

The Free State Crinums disgruntled the Gauteng Jaguars after snatching a 58-52 win this afternoon in Polokwane. This was a highly-anticipated match, given that the Jaguars had won the competition five times and the Crinums had won it on three occasions. The Crinums shifted into gear faster, taking an 18-12 lead in the first quarter. Three game-changing intercepts saw the Jaguars pull off what they are notorious for and level matters at half-time.

Crinums’ Shooting pair Lefébre Rademan and Rolene Streukter struggled to find fluidity in the circle which led to numerous missed shots; credit to Jamie Van Wyk and Jasmine Ziegelmeier’s fierce defence. Nonsikelelo Mazibuko also did a stellar job in converting the turnover balls. However, the Crinums practiced discipline in the latter stages of the championship quarter to salvage a draw.

Khanyisa Chawane called for time in the early stages of the fourth quarter and was replaced by Refiloe Nketsa on Centre. Chawane was instrumental with her sublime defensive contribution that resulted in a four-goal lead for the Crinums with just three minutes to go. The Jaguars’ attempt to close the gap grounded to a halt as the Crinums refused to back down right until the final whistle. Chawane was named Player of the Match and coach Martha Mosoahle- Samm confirmed after the game that it was just a cramp and that Khanyisa is fine.

‘’She is doing well. That is our plan for the year; we are going to play it game by game, and I think she gave it her all. I am happy that she got Player of the Match; that was well deserved. She fought, even though I was hesitant to put her in the middle because I know she can do a good job on Wing Attack.’’

The match between the Fireballs and the Flames wrapped up the day. It has been a tough start for the North West side, who were beaten 32-56. With this second successive defeat, it means that the Flames have now conceded one hundred and seven goals in just two games, which is certainly an area of concern for coach Elsunet Du Plessis. Meanwhile, the Fireballs will look to use the little time they have to rest ahead of their next game against an unpredictable Kingdom Stars side first thing tomorrow morning.

The games were also officially declared open in a heart-warming opening ceremony at the Ngoako Ramatlhodi Sports Complex in Polokwane. Several dignitaries were in attendance, including Netball South Africa President Cecilia Molokwane, the NSA Executive Members, Deputy Minister of Sports, Arts, and Culture Nocawe Noncebo Mafu, and Martha Nkwashu from Telkom, to name a few.

Saturday fixtures: 28/04/2023

8:00- Fireballs vs Kingdom Stars

10:00- Comets vs Tornados

12:00- Stings vs Aloes

14:00- Queens vs Diamonds

16:00- Baobabs vs Sonoblomo

18:00- Crinums vs Flames

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