Unbeaten Dr Kenneth Kaunda Surprise Giants

by | Aug 13, 2014

The youngsters from Dr Kenneth Kaunda (North West South) brought star-studded Gauteng North up short on Wednesday when they beat the tournament favourites 56-45 at the SPAR National Championships at the Bellville Velodrome.

(Scroll down for Days 1, 2 and 3 Results at the 2014 SPAR National Championships, or click here to read the Day 2 tournament wrap)

Ruzel Vorster in action for Dr Kenneth Kaunda, the tournament’s only unbeaten team in the 2014 edition of the national inter-provincial tournament, in action against Gauteng West on Wednesday. The North West beat the Highveld team 72-28. Photo: Reg Caldecott The North West side is now the only unbeaten team in the A division.

Dr Kenneth Kaunda took the lead from the start and never relinquished it. Chante Steyn had an outstanding game as goal-shooter, and was the rock around which the team built its success, while at the other end, Kifiloe “Fifi” Tsotetsi gave her Protea teammates, Melissa Myburgh and Lenize Potgieter a hard time.

At halftime, Dr Kenneth Kaunda were 27-22 ahead, but in the third quarter, they stretched the lead to as much as 11 goals.

Gauteng North, boasting six current and former Proteas in their line-up, fought hard to come back, reducing the deficit to four goals at one stage, but the young players kept their composure, and in the final quarter they raced ahead of the more experienced team.

Lentsa Motau of Dr Kenneth Kaunda (right) and Bibalwa Sizani of Gauteng West compete for the ball during day 3 of the Spar National Netball Championships at Bellville Velodrome on August 13, 2014 in Cape Town.“It was all about the team and the team effort,” said Kenneth Kaunda coach Dorette Badenhorst. “Our shooting was excellent and we were able to control possession. We knew Gauteng North were an excellent team, but we put them under pressure and we capitalised on their errors.

“Having Chante under the posts gave our goal attack, Elsunet du Plessis, the confidence to shoot knowing that Chante was there for the rebound.

“My team are there for each other, and to make each other look good on court,” said Badenhorst.

Gauteng North coach Jenny van Dyk was philosophical about the defeat. “It was a good wake-up call for us,” she said. “Rather lose now than in the final.”

“They wanted it more and we lacked energy and intensity. If we had played the way we played this morning, when we played Boland, we would have beaten them.”

In their earlier match, Gauteng North beat Boland, who on Tuesday upset defending champions Mangaung Metro (Free State) 62-39, while Kenneth Kaunda beat Gauteng West 72-28.

Mangaung beat Western Province 47-38, and Nelson Mandela Bay 51-38, but looked far from the all-conquering side they were a year ago. Nelson Mandela Bay also lost to their neighbours, Buffalo City, who beat them 38-36. They have yet to win a match.

Umgungundlovu beat Frances Baard (Griqualand West) 51-59, and Gauteng West, also winless so far, 50-43.   In the last two matches of the day, Boland beat Frances Baard 57-43, while Western Province beat Buffalo City 34-28.

 

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: Nelson Mandela Bay are yet to record a win in the 2014 SPAR National Netball Championship, losing 51-38 to Mangaung Metro (pictured) in their second fixture on Wednesday at the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town, on August 13, 2014. Photo: Reg Caldecott

Photo 2 caption: Ruzel Vorster in action for Dr Kenneth Kaunda, the tournament’s only unbeaten team in the 2014 edition of the national inter-provincial tournament, in action against Gauteng West on Wednesday. The North West beat the Highveld team 72-28. Photo: Reg Caldecott

Photo 3 caption: Lentsa Motau of Dr Kenneth Kaunda (right) and Bibalwa Sizani of Gauteng West compete for the ball during day 3 of the Spar National Netball Championships at Bellville Velodrome on August 13, 2014 in Cape Town.

 

(With editing by gsport)

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