Tuks Lead the Varsity Netball Log Standings

UP-TUKS defeated defending champions Maties 60-38 on day three of the second bumper weekend of the 2023 Varsity Netball Championships. Photo: Varsity Netball (X)

UP-TUKS and UJ put up big scores, while NWU and Madibaz earned close victories on day three of the second bumper weekend of the 2023 Varsity Netball Championships.

Tuks put up a show beating defending champions Maties 60-38 to place at the summit of the log standings at the UJ Imbizo Hall Soweto Campus. 

Tuks started to dominate the game in the first quarter with a score of 17-8. In the second quarter, they extended their lead to 30-18, Alice Kennon recorded 21 goals for Tuks in the first half of play. 

Maties just couldn’t keep up with the Pretoria side as they finished the third quarter 49-29.The final quarter was just about maintaining the lead for Tuks, while Maties were chasing. In the end, Tuks were able to put up a 60-goal margin, going on to upset the defending champions 60-38.  

 Player of the Match went to Phophi Nematangari of UP-Tuks.

In the other encounter, it was a Johannesburg derby between UJ and Wits, but it was the Orange Army who came out on top and claimed bragging rights. 

The game started with UJ dominating the first quarter with a score of 25-5, goal shooter Muhluri Hlatshwayo enjoyed a good few touches in the circle to put her team in the lead. Going into the second quarter, UJ added 13 more goals to their score making the score 31-15 at the end of the halftime whistle.

In the third quarter, Wits failed to defend leading to UJ’s strong attack ending the quarter in 52-25. The game ended with UJ painting Johannesburg orange with a 61-34 victory over Wits.

Boitumelo Mahloko of UJ walked away as Player of the Match.

In the other two games, NWU and Madibaz had close encounters with Kovsies and UWC, respectively.

NWU took on the ladies from Bloemfontein beating them 43-36. The Eagles ended the first quarter with a 20-6 lead over Kovsies. The second quarter saw the ladies from Bloem pick up some momentum ending the first half 27-14 with the Eagles still in the lead. 

Going into the third quarter Demi-Leigh de Jager of Kovies delivered quite an incredible performance to help uplift her team’s spirits. The quarter ended with a 10-goal difference, with the Eagles still in the lead 33-22. 

The Eagles kept their lead but the ladies from Bloem definitely fought till the end, ending the game 43-36 in favour of NWU.

Demi-Leigh de Jager was named Player of the Match for her outstanding performance in the third quarter.

While, Madibaz picked up their first victory of the campaign against the Western Cape side, UWC.

The first quarter saw a different looking Madibaz performance ending the first stanza leading 8-6. The second quarter saw UWC coming out the blocks the stronger team but the PE side kept their cool ending the 20-18 at halftime.

The third quarter saw both teams fighting with UWC outscoring Madibaz 15-14. However, the overall score remained in Madibaz’s favour at the end of the quarter. 

At the end of the final quarter, it was Madibaz walking away victorious with the score reading 50-47. UWC walked away with a bonus point after losing with less than seven goals.  

Player of the Match went to Mothira Mohammad of Madibaz.

Photo 1 Caption: UP-TUKS defeated defending champions Maties  60-38 on day three of the second bumper weekend of the 2023 Varsity Netball Championships. Photo: Varsity Netball (X) 

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