Gauteng North and Mangaung reached the finals of the SPAR National Championships at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, after beating Nelson Mandela Bay and Dr Kenneth Kaunda (formerly North West South) respectively on Friday.
Gauteng North got off to a fairly slow start, leading by just 15 goals to 10 after the first quarter, but they were never in danger of breaking their unbeaten record at this year’s championships.
At halftime, Gauteng North led 27-15. They began to pile on the pressure after that, scoring 14 goals to Nelson Mandela’s eight in the third quarter, and 16 to 11 in the final 15 minutes, to take the match 57-37. Earlier in the day, they convincingly downed Western Province 57-38 in the quarterfinals, with a largely second-string team.
Mangaung also appeared to be in little trouble as they overpowered the youthful Dr Kenneth Kaunda side 50-36. They were 13-7 ahead after the first quarter, but pulled further away in each subsequent quarter, finally winning the match 50-36.
“It was a very physical match, but we were always sure that we could take it,” said captain Adele Niemand. “We nearly always manage to make the finals, and this year, we are determined to win. We’ve reached a number of finals in the 10 years I’ve been playing for Free State, so eventually we have to win.
“Gauteng North are a very strong team, with five SPAR Proteas, but we are also strong, and we have three Proteas in our side. “The winner of the final tomorrow will be the team that makes the least mistakes.”
She was not concerned that Mangaung had lost to Gauteng North (49-30) in their round robin match.
“It’s often an advantage to have played them earlier in the tournament,” she said. “We know what we did wrong then, and we won’t make the same mistakes again.”
Earlier in the day, there was heartbreak for Gauteng Central, who thought they had reached the semi-finals, only to learn on Thursday that a quarter-final round had been introduced. They lost to Nelson Mandela Bay in their quarter-final, but beat Western Province in their next match. They will play Boland in the play-off for fifth place on Saturday.
SPAR National Netball Championships Quarter- and Semi-Final results at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, Phokeng, in the North West, on Friday, 9 August, 2013: A Section: Semi-Finals: Gauteng North 57-37 Nelson Mandela Bay Mangaung 50-36 Dr Kenneth Kaunda 5-8th Place Playoffs: Gauteng Central 44-38 Western Province Boland 55-52 Frances Baard Quarter-Finals: Gauteng North 57-38 Western Province Dr Kenneth Kaunda 59-32 Boland Mangaung 66-22 Frances Baard Nelson Mandela Bay 49-31 Gauteng Central Playoffs: Ekurhuleni 35-33 Royal Bafokeng Umgungundlovu 54-44 Buffalo City B Section: Zululand 60-33 Amathole Western Province 55-42 West Coast Gert Sibande 41-38 SWD Bojanala 55-38 Vhembe Capricorn 42-34 Central Boland Gauteng North 34-28 Gauteng West Boland 59-26 Nelson Mandela Bay Zululand 65-40 Cacadu C Section: Ilembe 64-39 Ehlanzeni Ethekwini 49-47 SANDF Waterberg 52-23 Royal Bafokeng B Gauteng Vaal 34-33 Fezile Dabi Siyanda 30-28 Chris Hani NM Molema 47-30 Uthukela Umzinyathi W/O Sekhukhune Nkangala 56-33 Ehlanzeni Western Province 51-31 SANDF Uthungulu 58-47 Waterberg Gauteng Vaal 48-31 Alfred Nzo Sisonke 43-28 Siyanda NM Molema 61-34 Umzinyathi Ethekwini 51-44 SANDF Waterberg 44-36 Royal Bafokeng Alfred Nzo 47-41 Fezile Dabi Chris Hani 47-35 Siyanda Results: Day Four of the SPAR National Netball Championships on Thursday, 8 August, 2013: A Section: Mangaung 51-29 Boland Frances Baard 69-59 Umgungundlovu Buffalo City 48-42 Royal Bafokeng Gauteng North 74-26 Nelson Mandela Bay Dr Kenneth Kaunda 54-36 Gauteng Central Umgungundlovu 41-39 Western Province Boland 47-24 Royal Bafokeng Frances Baard 54-51 Ekurhuleni B Section: Nelson Mandela Bay 50-42 Vhembe Gert Sibande W/O Cacadu Gauteng North 54-41 Zululand Gauteng West 61-26 West Coast Capricorn 32-29 Amathole SWD 42 Western-41 Province Boland 53-21 Bojanala Gert Sibanda 36-31 Nelson Mandela Bay Gauteng West 52-33 Cacadu Vhembe 34-34 Capricorn Gauteng North 49-26 Bojanala Zululand 56-43 Central Boland West Coast 41-30 Amathole Boland 51-22 Western Province C Section: SANDF 56-26 Royal Bafokeng Ilembe 49-40 NM Molema Ethekwini 50-45 Waterberg Gauteng Vaal 73-25 Umzinyathi Nkangala 45-40 Uthungulu Alfred Nzo 45-29 Sekhukhune Ilembe 54-33 Siyanda Royal Bafokeng 42-41 NM Molema Gauteng Vaal 41-20 Uthukela Ethekwini 62-31 Umzinyathi Western Province 49-26 Sisonke Ehlanzeni 66-27 Chris Hani Uthungulu 61-22 Sekhukhune Results: Day Three of the SPAR National Netball Championships on Wednesday, 7 August, 2013: A Section: Dr Kenneth Kaunda 60-33 Ekurhuleni Mangaung 44-33 Nelson Mandela Bay Gauteng Central 55-28 Frances Baard Dr Kenneth Kaunda 53-42 Western Province Umgungundlovu 38-29 Ekurhuleni Gauteng North 61-19 Boland Mangaung 76-26 Royal Bafokeng Nelson Mandela Bay 54-34 Buffalo City B Section: Nelson Mandela Bay 60-26 Capricorn Gert Sibanda 46-23 Amathole Gauteng West 49-39 Vhembe West Coast 45-40 Cacadu Gauteng North 52-23 SWD Zululand 38-35 Bojanala Boland 58-20 Central Boland Gauteng West 53-26 Nelson Mandela Bay West Coast 48-35 Vhembe Bojanala 51-34 Central Boland Zululand 53-31 SWD Gert Sibanda 47-25 Capricorn Cacadu 48-38 Amathole Gauteng North 51-40 Western Province C Section: SANDF 55-47 NM Molema Waterberg 70-14 Umzinyathi Gauteng Vaal 52-41 Ehlanzeni Ethekwini 66-23 Uthukela Western Province C 59-23 Alfred Nzo Nkangala 84-15 Sekhukhune NM Molema 57-38 Siyanda Fezile Dabi 53-36 Royal Bafokeng Waterberg 43-39 Ehlanzeni Ethekwini 66-25 Chris Hani Uthukela 34-21 Umzinyathi Ngangala 49-36 Western Province Uthungulu 53-25 Sisonke Results: Day Two of the SPAR National Netball Championships on Tuesday 6 August, 2013: A Section: Gauteng North 49-30 Mangaung Gauteng Central 44-25 Ekurhuleni Nelson Mandela Bay 60-29 Royal Bafokeng Gauteng North 75-16 Buffalo City Dr Kenneth Kaunda 56-40 Umgungundlovu Gauteng Central 40-33 Western Province Buffalo City 54-28 Boland Frances Baard 47-43 Western Province B Section: Vhembe 59-28 Amathole Western Province 47-39 Bojanala Boland 36-24 Gauteng North Nelson Mandela Bay 70-43 Cacadu West Coast 40-29 Capricorn Gert Sibande 40-39 Gauteng West SWD 45-39 Central Boland Waterberg 38-35 Gauteng Vaal Chris Hani 48-28 Umzinyathi Nelson Mandela Bay 58-29 West Coast Gert Sibanda 29-24 Vhembe Zululand 44-42 Western Province Gauteng West 51-20 Amathole Capricorn 49-37 Cacadu Boland 49-32 SWD C Section: Ilembe 49-41 SANDF Alfred Nzo 51-39 Sisonke Fezile Dabi 56-42 NM Molema Siyanda 31-27 Royal Bafokeng B Western Province 51-47 Uthungulu Ehlanzeni 50-23 Uthungela Waterberg 38-35 Gauteng Vaal Chris Hani 48-28 Umzinyathi SANDF 48-41 Siyanda Ilembe 58-44 Fezile Dabi Nkangala 60-23 Alfred Nzo Waterberg 56-19 Uthungela Sisonke 60-22 Sekhukhune Ethekwini 52-35 Ehlanzeni Gauteng Vaal 43-23 Chris Hani Results: Day 1 Spar National Netball Championships on Monday 5 August, 2013: A Section: Mangaung Metro 54-28 Buffalo City Western Province 54-38 Ekurhuleni Nelson Mandela Bay 50-40 Boland Dr Kenneth Kaunda 71-26 Frances Baard Gauteng North 82-18 Royal Bafokeng Gauteng Central 47-29 Umgungundlovu B Section: Gauteng West 60-22 Capricorn Gert Sibande 38-33 West Coast SWD 46-43 Bojanala Gauteng North 55-35 Central Boland Nelson Mandela Bay 57-15 Amathole Vhembe 55-39 Cacadu Western Province 53-31 Central Boland Boland 70-25 Zululand C Section: SANDF 57-47 Fezile Dabi Waterberg 62-20 Chris Hani Nkangala 46-30 Sisonke Ehlanzeni 62-16 Umzinyathi Western Province 69-21 Sekhukhune Ilembe 60-17 Royal Bafokeng B Ethekwini 35-25 Gauteng Vaal Fezile Dabi 43-31 Siyanda 31 Chris Hani 30-29 Uthungela Uthungulu 54-31 Alfred Nzo
(With editing by gsport)