Kovsies outclass UJ in Bloem

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Erin van Wyk of UJ


Although it was far from a polished performance, the Kovsies opened their account in the Varsity Netball series with a comfortable 62-31 victory over the visiting University of Johannesburg on Monday. The quarter scores were 14-8, 27-14 and 41-23.

The Kovsies earned a bonus point for exceeding 50 goals, whilst UJ are still to earn their first log point. They suffered a 25-59 defeat to NWU on Sunday.

The Kovsies were never really challenged in front of a lively home crowd in the Callie Human Centre in Bloemfontein. They had more class players than UJ and their execution was on another level. All but two of their players were in action for their provincial team in the Premier League earlier in the year whilst only Kim-roché Holmes of UJ played in the league. She was probably her team’s best player on court and often had to attempt shots from a long range.

In comparison to the match against UP-Tuks the day before where the Kovsie coach, Burta de Kock, had to make a lot of changes during the match to counter what Tuks threw at them, she gave players the opportunity to settle in combinations against UJ.

It included a debut for Bethenie du Raan at wing defence after a long layoff with injury. Centre Khanyisa Chawane controlled matters for the winning team in the centre court and read the game well.

FNB Player of the Match: Maryke Coetzee (Kovsies)

Samsung Best Shot: Marna Claassens (Kovsies) 

UJ: Tanya Liechterkost, Kim-roché Holmes, Precious Mhlari, Angelique Molefe, Ntokozo Ramaremisa, Halala Nxumalo, Jodie Brown, Erin van Wyk, Courtenay Davis, Keabetswe Sihlangu, Kamohelo Masilo, Nompumelelo Mbonambi

Kovsies: Alicia Puren, Tanya Mostert, Khomotso Mamburu, Marna Claassens, Ané Retief, Khanyisa Chawane, Rieze Straeuli, Maryke Coetzee, Gertriana Retief, Bethenie du Raan, Meagan Roux, Sikholiwe Mdletshe

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