Highlights of super netball matches

Phumza Maweni of the Southern Stings is challenged by Leandri Husselmann of the Diamonds Northern Cape during the 2017 Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League match on 13 May. Photo: Chris Ricco of BackpagePix

 

The Jaguars followed up their narrow victory over the Southern Stings on 12 May with a thumping 64–38 win over the Eastern Cape Aloes in their Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League match at the Bellville Velodrome on the afternoon of 13 May.

The Aloes started with a bang and the first quarter ended with the sides level on 14 all, but they seemed to lose momentum after that as the Jaguars stepped up the pressure.

At halftime, the Gauteng side was 31–20 ahead. Coach Jenny van Dyk tried a number of different combinations and experimented with positions, for instance, putting goal shooter Ina-Marie Venter at goal attack to Chrisna van Zyl’s goal shooter.

“I wasn’t surprised that we were level after the first quarter,” she said. “The Aloes always have a good first quarter, but they can’t always maintain it,” said Van Dyk who mentioned that she’s been very pleased with her young players, particularly Shongile Hlungwane, who came on at wing defence.

Des Neville, the Aloes coach, said she was pleased with the way the team had started. “We had flashes of very good play, but we have to learn to maintain them for four quarters. I was very pleased with Qumisa Jonas, who had a very good game as goal shooter.”

Earlier, the Stings recovered from their agonising 46–42 defeat to completely overpower the Northern Cape Diamonds, 73–17, on 13 May.

The Diamonds fared best in the second quarter when they scored eight goals, but they looked better than they had a week ago when the Golden Fireballs beat them by a record 80 goals.

The Stings started off looking a bit flat but picked up as the match progressed. “It was a good chance after last night’s disappointment to let the girls focus,” said Stings coach Annelie Lucas.

“I tried out two different shooting combinations and was very happy with both of them. Diamonds coach Maria Maiya thought her team had played better than a week ago. Especially in the last two quarters, we were more focused and I was proud of the way they played. My big problem

is a lack of a reliable shooter – my best shooter is injured and so we had a bit of a battle.

“We also need to work on our centre court play but we are building a team and that takes time,” said Maiya.

After their record-breaking match last Sunday, the Fireballs had a tougher match against the Mpumalanga Sunbirds, beating them 62–38.

Although it was a drubbing, the Sunbirds fought hard. They started strongly and kept pace with the Fireballs until just before the end of the first quarter when the Gauteng team started pulling away.

They were four goals ahead at the end of the first quarter, but by halftime, they led 30–23 and extended their lead with each quarter.

“I think it was a question of fitness,” said Sunbirds coach Marlie Nel. “They were very down after losing heavily to the North West Flames last week, but they were determined to show that they are no pushovers so they started very strongly, but I think they lost focus as they tired.”

Fireballs coach Elsje Jordaan said she was pleased her team had had to work for their win. “I think they were a bit complacent after last week, so when the Sunbirds came at them so hard, they were a bit taken aback. But that’s a good thing.”

Edited by Beryl Knipe

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