Gauteng North, Dr KK Likely Netball IPT Finalists

by | Aug 14, 2014

Gauteng North picked themselves up after their shock defeat to Dr Kenneth Kaunda (North West South) with two decisive victories on the fourth day of the SPAR National Netball Championships, at the Bellville Velodrome on Thursday.

(Scroll down for Days 1, 2, 3 and 4 Results at the 2014 SPAR National Championships, or click here to read the Day 3 tournament wrap)

They thumped Umgungundlovu 75-26 in the morning, and then handed defending champions Mangaung Metro (Free State) their second defeat, beating them 74-44, to continue their march to the final on Saturday.

Barring major upsets, the final is likely to be between Gauteng North and Kenneth Kaunda.

Melissa Myburgh of Gauteng North in action against Umgungundlovu, which ended 75-26 in favour of the likely finalists. Gauteng North’s earlier 74-44 win against Mangaung Metro made it a perfect 2-0 on the day. Photo: Reg Caldecott“We didn’t want to feel like we did after losing yesterday,” said captain Amanda Mynhardt. “We talked long and hard about where we went wrong, and we knew that we had to bring extra energy to the court today.”

“We’ve got our campaign back on track again,” said coach Jenny van Dyk. “I told the players that playing in the final is not a right but a privilege that has to be earned. I was happy with the way they played today, but we still have two games to go and we can’t lose focus now.”

“It looks as if we will play Kenneth Kaunda in the final, and that would suit us, because we have a score to settle.”

Gauteng North were dominant throughout the match, with speed, accuracy, slick passes and good understanding among the players.

Zante Campher of Dr Kenneth Kaunda in action against Frances Baard on Day 4. The team formerly known as North West South also racked up double wins on the day for the uncontested title of the sole remaining undefeated team at this year’s competition, setting themselves up as strong candidates to contest the final against Gauteng North. Photo: Reg CaldecottThe Free State shooters were generally accurate, but were not given enough ball in the circle. At halftime, Gauteng North led 32-20, and stretched their lead still further in the third quarter.

In the final quarter, Van Dyk made a number of changes and the Free State players fought back hard, losing the quarter by just three goals. But it was too little, too late and the champions now face the probability of not reaching the final.

“We’re very disappointed, but bad decision-making cost us the game,” said Mangaung Metro captain Lauren-Lee Christians. “We don’t have much chance of making the final, so now we have to set new goals and focus on finishing third.”

Mangaung won their other match, beating Buffalo City 61-36.

Kenneth Kaunda retained their unbeaten record, beating Frances Baard (Griqualand West) 63-28 and Buffalo City 53-25. They play Mangaung Metro and Western Province in their final games, and on current form should have no difficulty disposing of them.

Nelson Mandela Bay notched up two wins, beating Western Province 38-30 and Umgungundlovu 42-39, while Gauteng West got their first win with a narrow 59-57 victory over Frances Baard. In a provincial derby, Boland beat neighbours Western Cape 33-28.

Earlier, they defeated Gauteng West by 67 goals to 21.

 

Results from Day Four of the SPAR National Netball Championships played at the Velodrome Bellville on Thursday, 14 August 2014:
A Section:
Mangaung Metro 61 Buffalo City 36
Dr Kenneth Kaunda 63 Frances Baard 28
Gauteng North A 75 Umgungundlovu 26
Nelson Mandela Bay 38 Western Province A 30
Boland A 67 Gauteng West 21
Mangaung Metro 44 Gauteng North 74
Dr Kenneth Kaunda 53 Buffalo City 25
Boland A 33 vs Western Province A 28
Nelson Mandela Bay 42 vs Ungungundlovu 39
Gauteng West 59 vs Frances Baard 57
B Section:
Nkangala 54 Capricorn 34
Boland B 65 Central Boland 29
Eden 45 Royal Bafokeng 41
West Coast A 75 Ilembe 26
Gauteng North B 57 Vhembe 29
Bojanala 37 Zululand 53
Nkangala 47 Eden 36
Gert Sibande 66 Central Boland 46
Boland B 69 Capricorn 29
Vhembe 44 Ilembe 28
Western Province B 63 vs West Coast A 42
Gauteng North B 77 vs Bojanala 35
C Section:
Waterberg 28 Sisonke 37
Ethekwini 28 OR Tambo 33
Western Province C 56 UGU 17
Ehlanzeni 48 Siyanda 45
West Coast B 34 NM Molema 42
Alfred Nzo 35 Amajuba 30
Uthungulu 49 SANDF 25
Ehlanzeni 41 Waterberg 37
Western Province C 28 Ethekwini 58
Siyanda 48 OR Tambo 39
Sisonke 49 UGU 13
Uthungulu 53 vs Alfred Nzo 23
SANDF 30 vs SAPS 44
 
Results from Day Three of the SPAR National Netball Championships played at the Velodrome Bellville on Wednesday, 13 August 2014:
A Section:
Dr Kenneth Kauda 72 Gauteng West 28
Nelson Mandela Bay 36 Baffalo City 38
Mangaung Metro 47 Western Province A 38
Frances Baard 51 Umgungundlovu 59
Gauteng North A 62 Boland A 39
Mangaung Metro 51 Nelson Mandela Bay 38
Gauteng North A 45 Dr Kenneth Kauda 56
Gauteng West 43 Umgungundlovu 50
Boland A vs Frances Baard
Western Province A vs Buffalo City
B Section:
Eden 60 Central Boland 52
Ehlanzeni 44 Sisonke 39
West Coast B 17 SANDF 39
Nkangala 44 Royal Bafokeng 32
Gauteng North B 56 Western Province B 50
Vhembe 31 Zululand 48
Gert Sibande 48 Capricorn 19
Bojanala 43 Ilembe 39
Boland B 55 Eden 31
Western Province B 62 Vhembe 33
C Section:
Amajuba 39 NM Molema 39
Waterberg 44 OR Tambo 38
Western Province C 34 Siyanda 39
Uthungulu 46 SAPS 45
SANDF 46 Amajuba 29
Alfred Nzo 42 NM Molema 38
Ehlanzeni 44 Western Province C 27
 
Results from Day Two of the SPAR National Netball Championships played at the Velodrome Bellville on Tuesday, 12 August 2014:
A Section:
Mangaung Metro 65 Gauteng West 44
Dr Kenneth Kauda 56 Umgungundlovu 35
Gauteng North A 71 Nelson Mandela Bay 31
Western Province A 53 Frances Baard 27
Boland A 54 Buffalo City 41
Gauteng North A 89 vs Gauteng West 16
Dr Kenneth Kauda 43 vs Nelson Mandela Bay 28
Western Province A 36 vs Umgungundlovu 30
Mangaung Metro 37 Boland A 41.
B Section:
Western Province B 61 Ilembe 26
Bojanala 39 Vhembe 37
West Coast A 32 Zululand 45
Eden 38 Gert Sibande 40
Capricorn 29 Royal Bafokeng 51
Boland B 50 vs Nkangala 33
Zululand 52 vs Ilembe 20
Gauteng North B 69 vs West Coast A 35
Gert Sibande 34 vs Royal bafokeng 37
Western Province B 61 vs Bojanala 39
Capricorn 30 vs Central Boland 52
C Section:
Ehlanzeni 59 UGU 15
Western Province 31 OR Tambo 31
Waterberg 58 Siyanda 32
Ethekwini 50 Sisonke 28
Uthungulu 48 Amajuba 47
SANDF 31 NM Molema 30
West Coast B 16 vs SAPS 51
Sisonke 31 vs OR Tambo 29
Siyada 66 vs UGU 23
Western Province C 28 vs Waterburg 54
Ehlanzeni 37 vs Ethekwini 68
Alfred Nzo 22 vs SAPS 65
West Coast B 18 vs Uthungulu 49
 
Results from Day One of the SPAR National Netball Championships played at the Velodrome Bellville on Monday, 11 August 2014:
A Section:
Frances Baard 48 Buffalo City 48
Nelson Mandela Bay 41 Gauteng West 21
Mangaung Metro 61 Frances Baard 32
Gauteng North A 48 Western Province 31
Dr Kenneth Kaunda 54 Boland A 44
Umgungundlovu 46 Buffalo City 35
B Section:
West Coast A 41 Vhembe 24
Nkangala 35 Gert Sibande 39
Boland B 38 Royal Bafokeng 32
Gauteng North B 73 Ilembe 14
Eden 70 Capricorn 26
Western Province B 41 Zululand 30
Nkangala 55 Central Boland 45
West Coast A 50 Bojanala 27
C Section:
NM Molema 27 SAPS 50
OR Tambo 51 UGU 14
Ethekwini 56 Waterberg 32
Ehlanzeni 38 OR Tambo 34
Ethekwini 49 Siyanda 20
Amajuba 26 SAPS 48
Boland 27 Gert Sibande 23
Waterberg 74 UGU 20
Uthungulu 40 NM Molema 21
SANDF 47 Alfred Nzo 23
 

Photo 1 caption: Tshina Mdau of Gauteng North in action against Umgungundlovu during day 4 of the Spar National Netball Championships at Bellville Velodrome on August 14, 2014 in Cape Town. Photo: Reg Caldecott

Photo 2 caption: Melissa Myburgh of Gauteng North in action against Umgungundlovu, which ended 75-26 in favour of the likely finalists. Gauteng North’s earlier 74-44 win against Mangaung Metro made it a perfect 2-0 on the day. Photo: Reg Caldecott

Photo 3 caption: Zante Campher of Dr Kenneth Kaunda in action against Frances Baard on Day 4. The team formerly known as North West South also racked up double wins on the day for the uncontested title of the sole remaining undefeated team at this year’s competition, setting themselves up as strong candidates to contest the final against Gauteng North. Photo: Reg Caldecott

 

(With editing by gsport)

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