Baobabs Survive Storm to Beat Tornados

The final match of the third leg of the Telkom Netball League wrapped up the weekend action with an edge of the seat performance between Baobabs and Tornados at Heartfelt Arena on Sunday, 29 May 2022. Photo: Netball SA

The final match of the third leg of the Telkom Netball League wrapped up the weekend action with an edge of the seat performance between Baobabs and Tornados at Heartfelt Arena on Sunday, 29 May 2022.

Baobabs trailed by two goals in the first quarter and turned the tables around to beat the Tornados 45-43. The match went right down to the wire in the last quarter when both teams were head-to-head in the last ninety seconds.

Baobabs captain and Goal Keeper, Nthabiseng Mothutsi was sent off after getting a caution and Tornados failed to convert the turnover due to an unforced error.  Baobabs capitalized on the Tornados’ last-minute mistakes and sneaked in two more goals to win the game.

“It was a hard game honestly; it was not easy, but I really believe that the girls put up a good fight in this game. It really showed how hungry they were even though we had minor mistakes here and there, but they were able to come back and make sure we pull through from that. At the end of the day, it was tough,” commented Baobabs coach, Emily Mathosa.

Meanwhile, Tornados coach, Danlee Mathews says there are lots of positives to take from the match: “I’m really proud of the girls I must say. They started off really well but again, it’s the focus situation for me currently. We play really well for a quarter and we lose focus the next quarter but they showed resilience today. I’m proud of the way they came back from behind and levelled the score and showed composure the latter part of the game.”

In the earlier matches, Eastern Cape Aloes coach, Sameisha Esau made seven changes against Northern Cape Diamonds, while Diamonds opted to stick with the same starting seven that played all four quarters against Tornados on Saturday.

Both teams had a plethora of erroneous passes that worked against them, but Aloes were able to utilize more of their turnovers effectively. Aloes scored the least number of goals in the third quarter which might have been affected by the five changes that were made, two in the shooting circle and three in the midcourt. The fifty-one turnovers that Aloes secured led them to a 57-42 win despite Diamonds having a higher goal percentage of seventy-two.

 

Results: Third Leg of Telkom Netball League

Friday, 27 May:

Queens 30-45 Sunbirds

Diamonds 30-58 Comets

Crinums 36-48 Jaguars

Saturday, 28 May:

Flames 49-69 Stings

Aloes 46-30 Queens

Comets 39-50 Baobabs

Tornados 46-38 Diamonds

Stars 28-49 Fireballs

Sunday, 29 May:

Diamonds 57-42 Aloes

Tornados 43-45 Baobabs

 

Photo 1 Caption: The final match of the third leg of the Telkom Netball League wrapped up the weekend action with an edge of the seat performance between Baobabs and Tornados at Heartfelt Arena on Sunday, 29 May 2022. Photo: Netball SA

With editing by gsport

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