Defending champions Gauteng North continued their march to the next round on the third day of the SPAR National Netball Championships at the University of Johannesburg on Wednesday, with decisive victories over Gauteng Central and Frances Baard (Griqualand West).
Gauteng North beat their neighbours 50-35, and thrashed Frances Baard 67-47. With three rounds of play to make up after play was suspended because of snow on Tuesday, play got underway early and continued until after nine o’clock on Wednesday. The top four teams in the two Section A pools will play in the quarter-finals on Thursday, with the semifinals being played on Friday and the final on Saturday.
Dr Kenneth Kaunda (North West South) had mixed fortunes, beating former netball powerhouse Boland 46-32, but losing narrowly (43-41) to Nelson Mandela Bay (Eastern Province) later in the day. With Gauteng North and Gauteng Central likely to clinch the top spots in Pool 1, NMB and Kenneth Kaunda were fighting it out for a better place in the quarterfinals, but NMB coach Reg Sharp believed his team will give any team a good run for their money in the quarters.
“It’s a fairly young team, and they are on a bit of a learning curve,” he said. “It was a bit of a blow when their coach Lana Krige and their captain Zanele Mdodana, were withdrawn because of the SPAR Proteas training camp, but they have come out fighting,” he said. “We hit the top two teams, Gauteng North and Gauteng Central, on the first day, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because we have a second chance against them in the later rounds. Both were close matches – we lost by four or five goals in each match, and in fact we were closer than the scores suggest,” said Sharp.
In Pool 2, Free State Motheo continued to dominate, with Ekurhuleni likely to end second in the pool after beating Gauteng West 53-33, and Amathole (Border) 54-25. It was a bad day at the office for Amathole, who were beaten 40-25 by Western Province. In their only match of the day, Free State Motheo thumped Gauteng West 75-30.
SPAR National Netball Championships Day 3 Results, at the University of Johannesburg in Auckland Park: A Section: Ekurhuleni 53-33 Gauteng West Dr Kenneth 46-32 Boland Bizhub Gauteng North 50-35 Gauteng Central Ekurhuleni 54-25 Amathole Nelson Mandela Bay 43-41 Dr Kenneth Kaunda Gauteng North 67-47 Frances Baard Western Province 40-25 Amathole Freestate Motheo 75-30 Gauteng West B Section: Vhembe 44-24 Joe Qgabi Western Province 59-05 Lejweleputswa SWD 30-20 Gert Sibande Gauteng North 42-35 Boland Bafokeng 39-28 Cacadu Nelson Mandela Bay 48-25 Buffalo City Cacadu 36-33 SWD; Bafokeng 77-8 Lejweleputswa Gert Sibande 37-24 Vhembe Western Province 87-14 Joe Qgabi Bojanala 38-35 Gauteng North Nelson Mandela Bay 44-31 West Coast Boland 54-34 Zululand Umgungundlovu 61-38 Buffalo City Jow Qgabi 36-26 Lejweleputswa Gert Sibande 55-26 Cacadu Umgungundlovu 58-38 Nelson Mandela Bay Buffalo City 41-37 Zululand Boland Bizhub 52-44 Bojanala C Section: Nkangala 48-20 Sisonke Uthukela 52-23 Ugu SANDF 56-15 Dr Ruth Mompati Uthungulu 52-22 Nkangala Western Province 25-20 Sekhukhune Waterberg 48-44 Ilembe SANDF 51-31 Gauteng Vaal Central Boland 41-33 Ehlanzeni Nkangala 40-20 Umzinyathi Umkhanyakude 77-44 Chris Hani Alfred Nzo 40-29 DCS NM Molema 37-21 Dr Ruth Mompati Ethkwini 48-27 OR Tambo Central Boland 65-23 Uthukela Ilembe 56-21 Alfred Nzo Gauteng Vaal 49-29 NM Molema Gauteng Central 45-29 Fezile Dabi A Section Results on Day 2 of the SPAR National Netball Championships, at the University of Johannesburg in Auckland Park (Click here for all Day 2 results): A Section: Gauteng Central 40-36 Dr. Kenneth Kaunda FS Motheo Fundco 59-59 Ekurhuleni Gauteng North 58-42 Boland Bizhub Nelson Mandela Bay 61-45 Frances Baard Amathole 52-34 Gauteng West Free State Motheo Fundco 47-33 Western Province A Section Results on Day 1 of the SPAR National Netball Championships, at the University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park (Click here for all Day 1 results): A Section: Boland Bizhub 51-42 Frances Baard Western Province 56-30 Gauteng West Gauteng North 42-37 Dr. Kenneth Kaunda Gauteng Central 45-41 Nelson Mandela Bay Free State Motheo Fundo 53-28 Amathole Western Province 42-36 Ekurhuleni Dr. Kenneth Kaunda 63-23 Frances Baard Gauteng Central 55-44 Boland Bizhub Gauteng North 51-45 Nelson Mandela Bay