Cape Winelands Crowned National Netball Champs

Cape Winelands beat Nelson Mandela Bay 66-54 to win the 2021 Spar National Netball Championship title in the final at Hoërskool DF Malan on Saturday, 11 December, to bring the trophy back to the Cape for the first time since 2016. Photo: Netball SA (Twitter)

Cape Winelands beat Nelson Mandela Bay 66-54 to win the 2021 Spar National Netball Championship title in the final at Hoërskool DF Malan on Saturday, 11 December, to bring the trophy back to the Cape for the first time since 2016.

Winelands’ captain, Nicole Taljaard, who was named Best Shooter of the Tournament, revealed her excitement, saying: “At last!

“I’m never taking this winner’s medal off. We’ve been in this position a few times this year, and it’s wonderful to win a title at last. We were in the finals of Varsity Netball and of the Telkom Netball League, and it’s definitely better on the winning side.”

Speaking on guiding the team to victory after taking over the coaching role in October, Marchelle Maroun, said: “Our tough semi-final against Johannesburg was an excellent preparation for the final. 

“I told the players that they couldn’t afford to start slowly, and they responded the way I wanted them to. It got a little sketchy in the third quarter, but they came back well in the end. I am very proud of the players. They took some chances but most of them came off,” she added.

“It would have been nice to have tested ourselves against Tshwane, but we couldn’t worry about the teams that weren’t here. I believe we were the best team at the tournament, and I don’t think the absence of Tshwane, Mangaung and Dr Kenneth Kaunda detracts from our victory at all,” she concluded. 

In the Under-21 final, Dr Kenneth Kaunda beat Tshwane 73-44.

 

2021 Spar National Netball Championship Final Results:
Cape Winelands 66 – Nelson Mandela Bay 54

Senior A:
Play-offs Positions 3/4
Johannesburg 46 – Cape Town 43

U21 A:
Finals
DR KK 73 – Tshwane 44

U21 A:
Play offs Positions 3/4
Ethekwini 36 – Johannesburg 52

Best Senior Players:
Shooter – Nichole Taljaard (Cape Winelands)
Centre Court Player – Siphosethu Kilani (Nelson Mandela Bay)
Defense Player – Jeante Strydom (Ethekwini)
Player of the Tournament – Jeanie Steyn (Nelson Mandela Bay)

U21:
Shooter – Elmare van der Berg (Dr Kenneth Kaunda)
Centre Court Player – Tarle Mathe (Johannesburg)
Defense Player – Mbali Ntuli (Tshwane)
Player of the Tournament – Elmare van der Berg (Dr Kenneth Kaunda)

 

Photo 1 Caption: Cape Winelands beat Nelson Mandela Bay 66-54 to win the 2021 Spar National Netball Championship title in the final at Hoërskool DF Malan on Saturday, 11 December, to bring the trophy back to the Cape for the first time since 2016. Photo: Netball SA (Twitter)

 

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