MATIES vs. VUT (Result: 75-29)
Maties continue hunt for semi-final spot with victory over VUT
It was another bonus-point victory for the Maties as they kept themselves in the hunt for a place in the Varsity Netball semi-finals by beating VUT 75-29 at the Coetzenburg Indoor Centre, Stellenbosch.
Facing bottom team VUT meant it was never about the result, but rather the performance for coach Christine Behan and her management team. While the Maties had more freedom to express themselves, they also had to ensure that they sorted out any technical issues which they might have.
The hosts quickly led 10-1 and kept scoring at a brisk pace to lead 23-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Maties called the power play in the second quarter and extended their lead to 42-19 at half time.
VUT rallied in the third quarter and slowed down the Maties attack while also scoring a few goals of their own. The score of 59-26 at the end of the quarter meant that the Maties had wrapped up the bonus-point and could give some vital exposure to their younger players.
Credit must be given to VUT who delivered a brave performance, but unfortunately the experience of the Maties proved to be an insurmountable obstacle for the ladies form the Vaal. The final score was 75-29 and it was good to see Maties have the depth required to be successful in the competition.
FNB Player of the Match: Ichelle Mnisi (VUT)
Maties: Jo Prins (Captain); Cari Swart; Somari Els; Sasha-Lee Petersen; Nelandré Mostert; Saskia Stander; Stephanie Brandt; Annerine Snyman; Abeline Olivier; Carla Werth; Megan Gossmann; Leanne Nigrini; Alison Malgas
VUT: Buhle Radebe, Jermina Nteso, Linky Mukhwanthleli (Vice-Captain), Slondile Mlondo, Fezeka Nsele, Sentle Ditedu, Nokwanda Khumalo (Captain), Ponkie Mokhema, Innocentia Tshamano, Lerato Moeko, Thokozile Masoka, Ichelle Mnisi
UJ vs. KOVSIES (Result: 52-59)
UJ upset Kovsies in tight contest
The Kovsies suffered their third loss in the 2016 season of Varsity Netball when they went down 52-59 to the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in the Rembrand Hall in Pretoria on Monday.
This was the very first time UJ defeated the two-time champions and is their first win since 2012 over the Free State students. Both teams earned a bonus point for scoring 50 goals and the Kovsies managed a second one for losing by seven or less goals.
In an ill-littered affair where the quality and urgency was lacking quite badly, there was very little to choose between the teams with UJ’s goal shooting the big difference.
Between Deancke Rhode (FNB player of the match) and Kim-Roché Holmes, goal shooter and goal attack respectively, they managed to convert 92% of their 59 attempts.
In comparison the Kovsies shooters could only get 69% of their attempts through the net. The Kovsies had 12 more goal attempts in total.
Both sides opted to use their goal shooters to do the majority of the shooting. The first quarter ended deadlocked at 13 all, so did the second quarter at 26 apiece. Although Kovsies started like a house on fire, scoring the first five goals of the encounter and looking the stronger of the two in the third quarter leading by five goals again, they were too inconsistent and had no answer to the strong attack of UJ.
Where Leigh-Ann Smal, coach of UJ, stuck with her same team throughout, Burta de Kock of Kovsies made a couple of changes which did not bring the result she would have hoped for.
In Gertriana Retief and Danelle Lochner in the shooting circle for the last two quarters, they were simply too predictable and lacked a goal attack with quick feet to bring some creativity and variety.
The lack of experience in the Kovsie side was evident on the day and some cool heads were clearly missing.
FNB Player of the Match: Deancke Rhode (UJ)
UJ: Deancke Rohde (C), Kim-roché Holmes, Ntombizodwa Yengwa, Nhlamulo Mhlari, Angelique Molefe, Jodie Brown, Christell Botha, Courtney Davis, Karabo Mokoena, Nompumelelo Mbonambi, Ntokozo Ramaremisa, Lebogang Malahlela, Tanya Liechterkost
Kovsies: Gertriana Retief, Rieze Straeuli, Danelle Lochner, Lefébre Rademan, Khanyisa Chawane, Mariska Pieters, Khomotso Mamburu (C), Rykie Venter, Frances Hurling, Chantene Borlinghaus, Deidre Fourie, Nonhlanhla Sikhakhane.
UP-Tuks vs. MADIBAZ (Result: 64-39)
Perfect run continues for Tuks
It was an energetic start for both sides as they went tit for tat in the opening exchanges. An enthusiastic Tuks crowd turned up to support the Pretoria ladies; they did not disappoint and looked like a team in form. Both teams were relatively good at capitalising on their centre passes and it was a relatively close opening half as the University of Pretoria led 26-20.
Newbie Chantelle Swart came in, in the third quarter, as she replaced goal attack, Ine-Marie Venter. She and Melissa Kotze seemed to be combining well as crucial intercepts made by Shongile Hlungwane enabled the University of Pretoria to pull further ahead. UP-Tuks displayed the skill that has seen them unbeaten throughout the tournament in the third quarter power play, with a good effort which saw them pull ahead by over 10 points by the end of the quarter.
The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University did, however, remain positive as things were combining well between Nolinsidiso Twani and Bianca Blom in the shooting circle. The final quarter saw Tuks dominate the opposition and used the final power play to their advantage. The expected changes were made as some of the younger players were introduced as the University of Pretoria ran out 64-39 winners and maintained their winning streak in the competition.
FNB Player of the Match: Shadine van der Merwe (Tuks)
UP-Tuks: Ine-Marie Venter, Melissa Kotze, Tshina Mdau, Izette Lubbe, Shongile Hlungwane, Shadine van der Merwe (captain), Jasmine Ziegelmeier
NMMU-Madibaz: Arne Rust, Nolinsidiso Twani, Bianca Blom, Hlumisa Sithonga, Melodine Jacobs, Eloise Webb, Sanelise Mgijima, Hadrin Tenteni, Nandipha Jack