Central Serves Notice on Gauteng North

Gauteng Central’s Mampho Tsotesti battles it out against Thuli Qegu, Ekurhuleni's SPAR Protea, during their first match of the day. Photo: Reg Caldecott

Gauteng Central notched up two victories in quick succession to give notice of their intentions at the SPAR National Championships at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg, on Tuesday, 6 August, 2013.

Gauteng North’s Aneret Viljoen (a member of the SPAR Protea team) out-jumps her opponent Marilize Linde of Mangaung Metro during their first match of the day on day two of the SPAR National Championships. Photo: Reg CaldecottLast year’s losing finalists beat neighbours Ekurhuleni 44-25 in their first match, and two hours later beat Western Province 40-33. Gauteng Central dominated Ekurhuleni throughout the match, outscoring them in every quarter, but in their second match, Western Province came back strongly in the final quarter, scoring 11 goals to Gauteng Central’s three.

Gauteng Central captain, and SPAR Protea, Simnikiwe Mdaka said they were very happy with their results so far, but she felt they needed to improve their performance if they were to top their pool at the end of the round robin stage of the tournament.

“It wasn’t too bad playing two games in such quick succession,” she said. “We played hard in the first game, but in the second, we were more measured and controlled. Because we were a bit tired, we slowed things down, and that was to our advantage.

“We need to be more consistent. We have had some brilliant quarters, but in some quarters, we really haven’t played well. The team that will win the championships will be the team that plays four solid quarters,” she said.

Tsakane Mbewe, also a SPAR Protea, shoots for goal during Gauteng Central’s match played at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace. Photo: Reg CaldecottMdaka said she expected competition to get tougher as they went along. “Our last round robin match is against Dr Kenneth Kaunda (formerly North West South) and we expect that to be very hard.

“They don’t have many stars, but they are a very strong and determined young team, who work very solidly, so we’ll have to be at our best to beat them on Thursday,” she said.

Defending champions Gauteng North continued their march to the semi-finals, with convincing victories over Mangaung Metro (49-30) and Buffalo City (75-16).

Dr Kenneth Kaunda, who beat Umgungundlovu 56-40, are also still unbeaten, as are Nelson Mandela Bay, who beat Royal Bafokeng 60-29. Frances Baard (formerly Griqualand West) beat Western Province 47-43 in a hard-fought match, to record their first victory in the last match of the day.

Buffalo City, Ekurhuleni, Boland, Royal Bafokeng and Umgungundlovu have yet to win a match, while Mangaung have lost one and won one. Western Province have lost three matches and won one.


Results: Day 2 Spar National Netball Championships at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, Phokeng, in the North West, 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 at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, Phokeng, in the North West, 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)


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