UP-Tuks outclass spirited Maties
First-year Chantelle Swart made her starting debut today as Proteas players Lenize Potgieter and Izette Lubbe made their returned to the Tuks team for their Round Two clash with Maties.
It was a reserved start by both sides with neither side wanting to make mistakes. Tuks had a slim 11-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. It was a strong performance by the Maties side in the second with an interesting contest between Carli Swart and Shadine vd Merwe in defence.
There was good composure showed by the goal shooter, Swart. On the opposite side, Chantelle Swart showed great composure for a debutant as she played alongside her role model, Potgieter, in a combination which worked equally well for the Pretoria side. The score was a reflection of this as it was 24-24 going into the second half.
It was a close encounter, showing the talent within both sides in the third quarter. Both teams were all square with 39 points each heading into the final quarter. The Tuks side brought in the experienced Melissa Kotze who brought about stability in the Tuks attack but a spirited Maties maintained a narrow lead until the power play was called and saw UP-Tuks draw level. From then on it was the Melissa/Lenize show as the pair showed their experience and pulled ahead from the Maties in the final two minutes, with the second power play also being dominated by Tuks. Maties ran out of steam as Pukke charged on.
The final score 65-48.
FNB Player of the Match: Shadine vd Merwe (Tuks)
UP-Tuks: Ine-Marie Venter, Melissa Kotze, Tshina Mdau, Marlize d Bruin, Shadine vd Merwe, Juzeldri Garbers, Jasmine Ziegelmeier, Shongile Hlongwane, Lenize Potgieter, Dima Mogoale, Chantelle Swart, Izette Lubbe
Maties: Juline Rossouw (Captain), Jo Prins (Vice-Captain), Charmaine Baard, Cari Swart, Somari Els, Sasha-Lee Petersen, Stephanie Brandt, Annerine Snyman, Abeline Olivier, Carla Werth, Megan Gossman, Leanne Nigrini.
NWU-Pukke vs. UJ (Result: 37-77)
Pukke dominance sees them head home with a win
NWU-Pukke continued their campaign as reigning champions after disarming the University of Johannesburg (UJ) with a 37–77 win this afternoon at the UJ Imbizo Hall, Soweto.
UJ came out strong, scoring two goals within the first few minutes of the fixture but saw their efforts reduced as Pukke started their dominance over the Johannesburg side with an eight-point lead within the first 8 minutes of the game.
UJ tried to come back into the game but had a hard time holding onto the ball as Pukke controlled possession with their fast pace and long crosses, concluding the first quarter’s score at 5-19.
As the second quarter began, Pukke continued their supremacy over UJ as they displayed their premeditated structure over the Auckland Park side, leading by 20 points in the half time break. With significant squad changes, UJ came back with a stronger defence as they fought back in their attempt to decrease the widening gap. However, The North West showed their intention to win at all costs, hitting the 50-point mark by the ninth minute of the third quarter.
Although UJ showed promise in reducing the deficit, Pukke spear-headed the final quarter, as they held onto their 40-point tip. Unfortunately, UJ saw their labours go unanswered as Pukke came out as the stronger victor, climbing the log with nine points, while the Johannesburg side remains at a stagnant position with one point.
FNB Player of the Match: Mandy Hermanus (NWU-Pukke)
UJ: Deancke Rohde, Kim-Roche Holmes, Ntombizodwa Yengwa, Nhlamulo Mhlari, Angelique Molefe, Jodie Brown, Christell Botha, Courtney Davis, Karabo Mokoena, Nompumelelo Mbonambi, Ntokozo Ramaremisa, Lebogang Malahlela
NWU-Pukke: Sigrid Burger (Sigi), Renske Stoltz, Kifiloe Tsotetsi (Fifi), Marna Claassens, Romé Dreyer, Mandolien Hermanus (Mandy), Chanté Bester, Jomarie Myburgh, Simone Rabie, Zandre Kruger, Jeanté Strydom, Monique Reyneke
KOVSIES vs. VUT (Result: 78-25)
Kovsies dominate VUT to bounce back
Kovsies managed to crush their VUT counterparts, winning 78-25 against the Vaal University of Technology on Sunday afternoon at the UJ Imbizo Hall, Soweto.
The Free State side held onto their possession as they dominated throughout the game, pulling points as they held onto a 27-point lead by the half time break. With their quick feet, strong defensive patterns and an even quicker counterattack, Kovsies pulled out their tactical preciseness as VUT fell behind and saw their weaknesses exposed up until the third quarter.
After the first quarter, Kovsies had a narrow 15-4 lead, but by halftime the Free State side led 35-8. The onslaught continued and after the third quarter it was 54-18 in favour of Kovsies.
As the fourth quarter began, VUT began to show their fighting spirit as they fought back, picking up their pace and intercepting cross-passes to score a few points. Unfortunately, Kovsies held onto to their ownership as they displayed their superiority over the Vanderbijlpark based side, walking away with a strong win.
Kovsies move up the log with their five points, as VUT drop to the bottom of the barrel with no points under their belt in 2016.
FNB Player of the Match: Jemina Nteso (VUT)
Kovsies: Gertriana Retief, Rieze Straeuli, Danelle Lochner, Lefébre Rademan, Khanyisa Chawane, Mariska Pieters, Tanya Mostert (C), Khomotso Mamburu, Alicia Puren, Rykie Venter, Frances Hurling, Chantene Borlinghaus.
VUT: Nompumelelo Sikosana, Nokwanda Khumalo, Sentle Ditedu, Slondile Mlondo, Fezeka Nsele, Jemina Nteso, Linky Mukhwanthleli, Buhle Radebe, Innocentia Tshamano, Lerato Moeko, Thokozile Masoka, Ichell Mnisi
Madibaz vs. UCT (Result: 60-29)
Madibaz come up tops on home soil against UCT
UCT and Madibaz went head-to-head in a match this evening at the NMMU Indoor Centre in Port Elizabeth. With each team already having a win in the bag, the question on everyone´s lips was which team would come up tops. The answer, was an emphatic 60-29 victory by the Madibaz side.
The game kicked off with a starting toss by UCT and an opening goal by Bianca Blom of the Madibaz side in the first few minutes, and one more following close after. The first quarter ended with an NMMU lead, with a score of 20-7.
The second quarter started with NMMU coming out guns ablaze and scoring goal after goal, that set them up with a significant lead. The UCT team goal scorers Bagula and Peters aimed to maximise attack and score goals, but the homeside closed gaps fast. The first powerplay came out during the last minutes of the second quarter with two double-point scores by the Madibaz side and one by UCT.
Overall, the first half of the game was led by the homeside, Madibaz, who made sure to dominate on home soil and keep up the attack with shorter, sharper passes and good defence. The UCT side tried their best to set up goal attacks in an attempt to try close the gaps between between them and Madibaz side, but the homeside dominated goals and took advantage of any gaps in the UCT defence, eventually leading by far.
NMMU dominated with turnovers, goal percent and ball possession and despite them being the shorter side in height, this did not stop them from playing to their fullest and emerging the first half with a score of 39-13.
After the half time break UCT attempted to maximise their play by making changes in player positions, with versatile player Bagula moving from goal scorer to centre. The third quarter started with a turnover by Madibaz and two goals in the first few seconds. UCT upped their score with a bonus point and took advantage of attacks in their favour. The second powerplay came in the last few minutes of the third quarter, with two double point goals by UCT, but with Madibaz not wanting to be beat getting two as well.
The third quarter ended with Madibaz in the lead and a score of 55-22. The fourth and last quarter of the game commenced with the UCT defence and attack not giving up and scoring three, consecutive goals in the first few minutes. The UCT side fought to up their score and tried their best to get a score of 30 in the last few minutes, but the NMMU side dominated goals and goal possession. Both teams played their hearts out on the court and did the best they could, but the Madibaz side ultimately came up victorious in front of their home crowd with an emphatic win of 60-29 against the UCT side.
The FNB player of the match Melodine Jacobs, said that she “wanted to do more” for her team, but was happy with the Madibaz performance. Madibaz captain, Arne Rust, said after her team´s victorious game, that they went out fire blazing and she is very proud of the Madibaz side, who had good team cohesion.
The UCT captain, Simone Peters said that “the game was a challenge, especially coming in as underdogs, but the team warmed up at the end and gave their best”. The UCT side hope to learn from their mistakes leading on in the competition and keep moving forward.
FNB Player of the Match: Melodine Jacobs (Madibaz)
Madibaz: Eloise Webb; Sanelise Mgijima; Arne Rust; Hlumisa Sithonga; Nandipha Jack; Hadrin Tenteni, Nolisindiso Twani; Bianca Blom; Sibubele Mandeka; Melodine Jacobs; Philene van Niekerk; Riana Buys
UCT team: Fortuna Bagula (vice-captain); Paula Macnab; Phumi Shandu; Megan McCarley; Simone Peters (captain); Micaela Peters; Robyn Adams; Yeukai Chamba; Itseng Mogorosi; Marelise Coetzer; Marisa Du Preez; Natasha Jooste; Kirstie Macnab