Format Change Upsets Netball Champs Tactics

Mandi Hermanus of Dr Kenneth Kaunda (Right) and Simnikiwe Mdaka compete for the ball in the match between Gauteng Central and Dr Kenneth Kaunda on Thursday, day 4 of the SPAR National Netball Championships at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on 8 August, 2013 in Rustenburg. Dr Kenneth Kaunda emerged surprise 54-36 winners over Gauteng Central to finish top of their pool, a result that sees them take on Boland in the tournament’s hastily-scheduled quarter-finals. Photo: Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images

There was a certain amount of confusion at the end of the round-robin section of the SPAR National Championships at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg on Thursday, when it was revealed that instead of playing semi-finals, as originally scheduled, the top four teams in each pool would play quarterfinals on Friday morning, with the winners playing the semi-finals in the afternoon.

Melissa Myburgh of Gauteng North (Left) and Zanele Vimbela compete for the ball during their fixture. Gauteng North beat Nelson Mandela Bay 74-26 to finish the tournament round-robin phase unbeaten, and top of their log to retain their title hopes as tournament favourites. (Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images)“The teams should have been told earlier,” said Netball South Africa president Mimi Mthethwa, “But I have had a meeting with all the presidents of the unions involved, and they have accepted the change.

“It was agreed that the teams coming third and fourth in their pools should have a chance to fight for a place in the semi-finals,” explained Mthethwa, “So as to balance the results of the pools.”

While defending champions Gauteng North have been the strongest team throughout the championships, Dr Kenneth Kaunda emerged surprise winners of Pool 2, when they beat the more favoured Gauteng Central 54-36 in one of the best matches of the day.

(Scroll down to see Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 results, and Quarter-Final fixtures on Women’s Day, Friday 9 August, 2013)

“They’re very young, but they succeeded because they played as a team,” said coach Dorette Badenhorst. “The majority of them are under-21 or under-19, but we have a player like former SPAR Protea Leigh-Ann Zackey to add experience,” added Mthethwa.

“Because they are young, they are very fit and have a lot of stamina, and can outrun and outlast teams with older players.”

Gauteng Central coach, former Protea Martha Mosoahle Sam, said her team played badly on Thursday, and this had cost them dearly. “Today was the real test, and they didn’t come to the party,” she said. “We fell behind in the first quarter, when they were ahead by 15 goals to five, and after that we were always playing catch-up.

“We came back strongly in the second quarter, and at one stage were just four goals behind, but Kenneth Kaunda are a good team and you can’t come back against a team like that.”

Both coaches had prepared for semi-finals, and had not expected to have to play an extra match. “It throws everything out,” said Sam.

“Yesterday, we knew that the four semi-finalists would be Gauteng North, Gauteng Central, ourselves and Mangaung,” said Badenhorst. “All that had to be decided was who would play who. Now we have to play an extra match, and to play two crucial matches on the same day.”


SPAR National Netball Championships Quarter-Final Fixtures at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, Phokeng, in the North West, on Friday, 9 August, 2013:
Dr Kenneth Kaunda vs Boland
Gauteng Central vs Nelson Mandela Bay
Gauteng North vs Western Province
Mangaung vs Francis Baard (formerly Griqualand West)
Results: Day Four of the SPAR National Netball Championships at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, Phokeng, in the North West, 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 at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, Phokeng, in the North West, 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)


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