Tuks seemed to miss their regular players who are currently on their way back from their Jaguars tour to New Zealand, as the home team, Kovsies, took control from the get-go, successfully earning an early lead and ending the match on a high note and a score line of 68-43 at the Callie Human Indoor Centre in Bloemfontein.
Kovsies started their opening match with a turned and converted centre pass by their shooter and captain, Alicia Puren, who scored the first three goals of the match. On the opposite side of the court the Kovsies defence was working hard with Khomotso Mamburu making an early interception. This defensive effort continued with the home side’s mid court doing well to bring the ball down to the shooters leading them to an early 16-goal lead at the end of the first quarter, with the score standing at 20-4.
With no changes to the home team, they were the first to score in the second quarter and Tanya Mostert, on centre, showed off her talents with an early interception. Kovsies called for their powerplay with just less than 5 minutes left in the first half. With only one double pointer scored by each team, it was a low scoring powerplay ending in a 35-15 scoreline. Tuks had a better start and managed to keep the goals with the centre pass for the majority of the quarter. The half time score was 37-19.
Kovsies started the second half with changes to their attacking side, with Gertriana Retief and Lefébre Rademan taking over in the goal circle, Meagan Roux moving to wing attack and Maryke Coetzee taking over as goal keeper. It was a slower start for Kovsies, but they capitalized on the mistakes of their opponents. About halfway through the quarter, Mostert came back on for Coetzee at GK after starting the match at centre, a true show of her versatility. After interceptions by a variety of players and a minute and a half left in the quarter, Kovsies reached the 50-goal mark with the 50th goal scored by Rademan. The quarter ended 51 to 32 in favour of Kovsies.
Tuks had a promising start to the extremely physical final quarter, but it with the Kovsies defensive effort it was short-lived. Puren and Roux were back in the goal circle to see the team to the end, with Rademan moving to wing attack. With just more than 3 minutes remaining, Tuks called for their powerplay, but it only went the way of the home team with both shooters contributing, and Roux scoring an excellent long-range goal which was named the shot of the match. After a collision-filled quarter and Tuks looking tired with only one available reserve, Kovsies came out on top winning the match 68 goals to 43.
FNB Player of the Match: Khomotso Mamburu (Kovsies)
Samsung Best Shot: Meagan Roux (Kovsies)
Wimpy Moment Maker: Sikholiwe Mdletshe (Kovsies)
Kovsies: Alicia Puren (Capt), Tanya Mostert, Khomotso Mamburu, Lefébre Rademan, Sikholiwe Mdletshe, Ané Retief, Khanyisa Chawane (Vice Capt), Meagan Roux, Maryke Coetzee, Gertriana Retief, Jabu Mabina, Jana Scholtz
Tuks: Venetia Grobler, Rumandi Potgieter, Anique Grobler, Andile Tombeni, Jeanette Vermeulen, Marilyn Cilengi, Lebogang Kekana, Juzelri Garbers, Ine-Mari Venter (VC), Chantelle Swart, Tshina Mdau (c), Akosua Mensah