The ladies from Port Elizabeth were first to score and after the first quarter they had a handy five-goal lead at 10-5. UJ kept within touching distance until they called the power play, but unfortunately for them it was Madibaz who capitalized on the opportunity, scoring twice and creating a bit of a gap in the score.
The halftime hooter saw Madibaz lead 20-11 and UJ coach Roeline Mars must have had some stern words for her charges, as they were first to score after the break. This however spurred Madibaz on and they quickly went into a massive 15-goal lead, again using the power play well. UJ managed to grab three goals in succession and the quarter ended 32-21 to Madibaz.
UJ again scored first but Madibaz put their foot down and raced out to another 15-goal lead, and at 41-25 they scored to make the margin an insurmountable 16 goals for UJ to chase. Whenever UJ scored at one end, Madibaz did the same at the other end. When the final whistle went Madibaz had showed that their impressive start was no fluke and that they are strong contenders for a place in the semi-finals of 2018 Varsity Netball. UJ stayed rooted to the bottom of the table and know that they need to regroup quickly.
UJ now face Maties on Monday night while Madibaz face perennial challengers Tuks, with both teams wanting a victory for different reasons. Whatever your allegiances, make sure you don’t miss out on what promises to be a quality set of matches!
FNB Player of the Match: Jodie Brown (UJ)
Samsung Shot of the Match: Bianca Blom (Madibaz)
Wimpy Moment Maker: Jeanie Steyn (Madibaz)
Madibaz: Nolusindiso Twani (Lucy) – VC, Bianca Blom, Jody Vorster, Carla Viviers, Arne Rust, Zimasa Tshangela, Siyasanga Poyo (Palesa), Mihlali Mahlangeni, Renskie Steyn (Jeanie) – Capt, Hlumisa Sithonga (Chippy), Yoliswa Gusha, Eloise Webb
UJ: Thuledu Nxumalo, Jodie Brown, Intando Gumede, Twanette Thoms, Kim-Roche Holmes (VC), Beverely Moyake, Nompumelelo Mbonambi, Halala Nxumalo (C), Erin van Wyk, Lizandi Schoeman, Marilee Van Der Walt, Naledi Peters