Proteas Fuel Mangaung Win at SPAR Champs

Ane Botha of Mangaung Metro (Left) and Sameshia Esau compete for the ball in the match between Nelson Mandela Bay and Mangaung Metro during day 3 of the SPAR National Netball Championships, at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on 7 August, 2013 in Rustenburg. Photo: Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images

Nelson Mandela Bay lost their first match of the tournament, when Mangaung beat them 44-33 on day three of the SPAR National Championships at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Wednesday.

The Eastern Cape team had a slender 20-19 lead at halftime, but the Free Staters came back in the third quarter, outscoring their opponents by12 goals to nine, and then surged ahead in the final quarter, scoring 13 goals to Nelson Mandela Bay’s four.

Adele Niemand (Mangaung Metro) and Colleen Ferreira (Nelson Mandela Bay) compete for the ball in their fixture on Wednesday. Photo: Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images Head coach of the national team, Elize Kotze, was not surprised by Mangaung’s victory. “They had three very good SPAR Proteas – Maryka Holtzhausen, Adele Niemand and Karla Mostert – playing for them, and that made all the difference.

“Maryka is an outstanding shooter, and worth 10 points in any match. They also have the experience and maturity to make a difference.”

Mangaung captain Adele Niemand said her team had had a setback on Tuesday, when they were beaten by defending champions Gauteng North, but she was very proud of the way they had bounced back.

“Our confidence took a bit of a knock when we lost yesterday, but we have put that loss behind us. I think we did very well in attack, and our defence was also good.”

Nelson Mandela Bay wing defence Zanele Mdodana said a team could only win if they played consistently for the full 60 minutes.

“In a tight game like this, you have to be focused all the time. Just a few seconds’ lapse in concentration and the game slips away from you,” she said. “So it will be back to the drawing board for us, but we are confident that we can still make it through to the semi-finals on Friday.

“There are some aspects of our play we can work on, and we will be working hard to improve our shooting.”


Results: Day Three of the SPAR National Netball Championships at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, Phokeng, in the North West, on Wednesday, 7 August, 2013:
A Section:
Dr Kenneth Kaunda 60-33 Ekurhuleni
Mangaung 44-33 Nelson Mandela Bay
Gauteng Central 55-28 Frances Baard
Dr Kenneth Kaunda 53-42 Western Province
Umgungundlovu 38-29 Ekurhuleni
Gauteng North 61-19 Boland
Mangaung 76-26 Royal Bafokeng
Nelson Mandela Bay 54-34 Buffalo City
B Section:
Nelson Mandela Bay 60-26 Capricorn
Gert Sibanda 46-23 Amathole
Gauteng West 49-39 Vhembe
West Coast 45-40 Cacadu
Gauteng North 52-23 SWD
Zululand 38-35 Bojanala
Boland 58-20 Central Boland
Gauteng West 53-26 Nelson Mandela Bay
West Coast 48-35 Vhembe
Bojanala 51-34 Central Boland
Zululand 53-31 SWD
Gert Sibanda 47-25 Capricorn
Cacadu 48-38 Amathole
Gauteng North 51-40 Western Province
C Section:
SANDF 55-47 NM Molema
Waterberg 70-14 Umzinyathi
Gauteng Vaal 52-41 Ehlanzeni
Ethekwini 66-23 Uthukela
Western Province C 59-23 Alfred Nzo
Nkangala 84-15 Sekhukhune
NM Molema 57-38 Siyanda
Fezile Dabi 53-36 Royal Bafokeng
Waterberg 43-39 Ehlanzeni
Ethekwini 66-25 Chris Hani
Uthukela 34-21 Umzinyathi
Ngangala 49-36 Western Province
Uthungulu 53-25 Sisonke
Results: Day 2 Spar National Netball Championships on Tuesday, 6 August, 2013:
A Section:
Gauteng North 49-30 Mangaung
Gauteng Central 44-25 Ekurhuleni
Nelson Mandela Bay 60-29 Royal Bafokeng
Gauteng North 75-16 Buffalo City
Dr Kenneth Kaunda 56-40 Umgungundlovu
Gauteng Central 40-33 Western Province
Buffalo City 54-28 Boland
Frances Baard 47-43 Western Province
B Section:
Vhembe 59-28 Amathole
Western Province 47-39 Bojanala
Boland 36-24 Gauteng North
Nelson Mandela Bay 70-43 Cacadu
West Coast 40-29 Capricorn
Gert Sibande 40-39 Gauteng West
SWD 45-39 Central Boland
Waterberg 38-35 Gauteng Vaal
Chris Hani 48-28 Umzinyathi
Nelson Mandela Bay 58-29 West Coast
Gert Sibanda 29-24 Vhembe
Zululand 44-42 Western Province
Gauteng West 51-20 Amathole
Capricorn 49-37 Cacadu
Boland 49-32 SWD
C Section:
Ilembe 49-41 SANDF
Alfred Nzo 51-39 Sisonke
Fezile Dabi 56-42 NM Molema
Siyanda 31-27 Royal Bafokeng B
Western Province 51-47 Uthungulu
Ehlanzeni 50-23 Uthungela
Waterberg 38-35 Gauteng Vaal
Chris Hani 48-28 Umzinyathi
SANDF 48-41 Siyanda
Ilembe 58-44 Fezile Dabi
Nkangala 60-23 Alfred Nzo
Waterberg 56-19 Uthungela
Sisonke 60-22 Sekhukhune
Ethekwini 52-35 Ehlanzeni
Gauteng Vaal 43-23 Chris Hani
Results: Day 1 Spar National Netball Championships on Monday 5 August, 2013:
A Section:
Mangaung Metro 54-28 Buffalo City
Western Province 54-38 Ekurhuleni
Nelson Mandela Bay 50-40 Boland
Dr Kenneth Kaunda 71-26 Frances Baard
Gauteng North 82-18 Royal Bafokeng
Gauteng Central 47-29 Umgungundlovu
B Section:
Gauteng West 60-22 Capricorn
Gert Sibande 38-33 West Coast
SWD 46-43 Bojanala
Gauteng North 55-35 Central Boland
Nelson Mandela Bay 57-15 Amathole
Vhembe 55-39 Cacadu
Western Province 53-31 Central Boland
Boland 70-25 Zululand
C Section:
SANDF 57-47 Fezile Dabi
Waterberg 62-20 Chris Hani
Nkangala 46-30 Sisonke
Ehlanzeni 62-16 Umzinyathi
Western Province 69-21 Sekhukhune
Ilembe 60-17 Royal Bafokeng B
Ethekwini 35-25 Gauteng Vaal
Fezile Dabi 43-31 Siyanda 31
Chris Hani 30-29 Uthungela
Uthungulu 54-31 Alfred Nzo

(With editing by gsport)


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