Gauteng North won the SPAR National Netball Championship for the fourth time in five years with a clinical 63-37 victory over Dr Kenneth Kaunda (North West South) in the final at the Bellville Velodrome on Saturday.
(Scroll down for Days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and Finals Results at the 2014 SPAR National Championships, or click here to read the Day 5 tournament wrap)
Dr. Kenneth Kaunda were undefeated during the round robin phase of the tournament, but Dorette Badenhorst’s young team were no match for Jenny van Dyk’s experienced Gauteng North team, which boasts six former and current Proteas.
— Wesley Botton (@wesbotton) August 16, 2014
The combination of goalkeeper Vanes-Mari du Toit and goal attack Amanda Mynhardt proved too much for the North West goalshooter, Chante Steyn, who had been virtually impregnable during the tournament.
“Gauteng North are very experienced and they are particularly strong on the flying defence,” said Badenhorst. “We had the wrong game plan for them and their experience was what counted. You don’t beat a team like Gauteng North twice in one week.”
Van Dyk said she was very proud of her players. “They put in a solid performance today and what pleased me was the way the senior players supported the youngsters, like Lenize Potgieter and Tshina Mdau, and enabled them to play as we wanted them to,” said Van Dyk.
“Lenize is a world class shooter, whose shooting average was over 90% but she is only 19. When she was under pressure, Lindie Lombard stepped up to take the pressure off her.”
Although Dr. Kenneth Kaunda took the early lead, Gauteng North soon showed their dominance and led for the rest of the match. At halftime, they led 27-19, and they were 41-26 ahead after the third quarter. The Pretoria side stepped up another gear in the final quarter, outscoring the Potchefstroom side by 22 goals to 11.
Great game from Gauteng North. Loving the WA. She is awesome. Awesome action from lindie. #SSNETBALL
— Kwandile Sithole (@Sbosh_Cthole) August 16, 2014
Boland finished third on the table, followed by last year’s champions, Mangaung Metro (Free State).
Boland B won the B section, beating Gauteng North B 44-38. Western Province were third, followed by Gert Sibande, from Mpumalanga.
The C-section was won by Uthungulu, from Richards Bay, who beat KwaZulu Natal rivals Ethekwini. The Uthungulu players shrieked and danced with joy when they won their final, as if to prove that the SPAR National Championships are not just about the elite players.
Lenize Potgieter was named player of the tournament and most accurate shooter, Zandre Kruger of Kenneth Kaunda won the best defender award, and Faith Mantjiu of Gauteng North was named best centre court player.
— Zee (@magwaza_zintle) August 16, 2014
A 31-member national training squad was named after the tournament, as Netball South Africa gears up for the world championships in Sydney, Australia, in 2015.
SPAR National Squad: Mari-Lena Joubert (Boland) Juline Rossouw (Boland) Sashe-Lee Petersen (Boland) Nosi Goda (Buffalo City) Elsje du Plessis (Dr Kenneth Kaunda) Bhongeletu Nqubeni (Dr Kenneth Kaunda) Lensa Motau (Dr Kenneth Kaunda) Zandre Kruger (Dr Kenneth Kaunda) Kifiloe Tsotetsi (Dr Kenneth Kaunda) Nadia Uys (Dr Kenneth Kaunda) Chante Steyn (Dr Kenneth Kaunda) Lenize Potgieter (Gauteng North) Melissa Myburgh (Gauteng North) Lindie Lombard (Gauteng North) Faith Mantjiu (Gauteng North) Erin Burger (Gauteng North) Shadine van der Merwe (Gauteng North) Amanda Mynhardt (Gauteng North) Vanes-Mari du Toit (Gauteng North) Tshina Mdau (Gauteng North) Lauren-Lee Christians (Mangaung Metro) Karla Mostert (Mangaung Metro) Adele Niemand (Mangaung Metro) Maryke Holtzhausen (Mangaung Metro) Zanele Vimbela (Nelson Mandela Bay) Zanele Mdodana (Nelson Mandela Bay) Bongiwe Msomi (Umgungundlovu) Precious Mthembu (Umgungundlovu) Rochelle Lawson (Western Province) Phumza Maweni (Western Province) Thuli Qegu (Ekurhuleni) Results from Day Six of the SPAR National Netball Championships played at the Velodrome Bellville on Saturday, 16 August 2014: A Section Finals: Gauteng North 63 Dr Kenneth Kaunda 37 B Section: Boland B 44 Gauteng North B 38 C Section: Uthungulu 48 Ethekwini 42 Play-Offs for 3 & 4 Positions: A Section: 3rd Position – Boland A 4th Position – Mangaung Metro B Section: 3rd Position – Western Province B 4th PositionGert Sibande C Section: 3rd Position – SAPS Accupol 4th Position – Ehlanzeni Results from Day Five of the SPAR National Netball Championships played at the Velodrome Bellville on Friday, 15 August 2014: A Section: Mangaung Metro 38 Dr Kenneth Kaunda 61 Gauteng West 38 Western Province A 51 Gauteng North A 57 Buffalo City 32 Nelson Mandela Bay 53 Frances Baard 43 Boland A 66 Umgungundlovu 39 Dr Kenneth Kaunda 39 Western Province A 27 Gauteng North A 75 Frances Baard 27 Gauteng West 39 Buffalo City 50 Nelson Mandela Bay 29 Boland A 49 Mangaung Metro 60 Umgungundlovu 38 B Section: Gauteng North B 77 Gert Sibande 33 Western Province B 33 Boland B 48 Zululand 36 Eden 49 Vhembe 46 Central Boland 48 Ilembe 31 Capricorn 43 West Coast A 38 Nkangala 37 Bojanala 36 Royal Bafokeng 56 C Section: Amajuba 53 UGU 22 West Coast B 24 Western Province C 30 Uthungulu 57 Ehlanzeni 33 SAPS 47 Ethekwini 52 SANDF 36 Waterberg 35 Alfred Nzo 38 Siyanda 48 NM Molema 29 Sisonke 39 Amajuba 28 OR Tambo 42 Ehlanzeni 34 SAPS 50 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: Champions of the 2014 edition of the SPAR National Netball Championships Gauteng North (Back row) Riana Bezuidenhout (Manager), Faith Tumelo Mantjiu, Jeanie Steyn, Erin Burger, Melissa Myburgh, Shadine van der Merwe, Nthabiseng Mothutsi, Vanes-Mari du Toit, Jenny van Dyk (Coach), (front row) Lenize Potgieter, Amanda Maynardt (Captain), Tshina Mdau, Mampho Tsotetsi and Lindie Lombaard, after beating Dr Kenneth Kaunda in the final on Day 6 of the national interprovincial tournament, at the Bellville Velodrome, on 16 August, 2014 in Cape Town. Photo: Reg Caldecott
Photo 2 caption: Lenize Potgieter of Gauteng North and Zandre Kruger of Dr Kenneth Kaunda compete for the ball in the tournament final of the SPAR National Netball Champs. Photo: Reg Caldecott
Photo 3 caption: Lenize Potgieter of Gauteng North gets the award for “Best Shooter of the Tournament” from Mimi Mthetwa, President of Netball South Africa. Potgieter also won the “Player of the Tournament”, while Zandre Kruger of Kenneth Kaunda won the “Best Defender” award, and Faith Mantjiu of Gauteng North was unveiled as the tournament’s “Best Centre Court Player”. Photo: Reg Caldecott
(With editing by gsport)