TuksNetball bounce back at Varsity Netball

CHAD JOHNSTON

UP’s Rembrandt hall hosted the fourth and fifth round of the Varsity Netball competition on 10 and 11 September respectively. UP Tuks Netball started round four against Maties Netball and then blitzed past UJ Netball to a comfortable win i n round five of the competition.

Despite a shaky start to the competition, TuksNetball showed exactly why they made it to the final of the competition last year. The ladies started the competition well, with a 53-43 victory over UFS Kovsies Netball, but were outplayed by last year’s champions NWU Netball by 40 points to 34 in the second round.

In round four, Maties asserted their dominance early in the game and lead by 3 points or more by the end of each of the first three quarters. Maties were ahead by six points when the fourth quarter began, but TuksNetball managed to take charge of the game by improving their shooting skills and capitalising on their power plays. They showed strong character by squeezing out a 48-48 draw. However, a special meeting was held after the game and it was discovered that a scorer had mistakenly added an extra two points to the Maties score which meant that UP had actually won the game 48-46. The FNB player of the match award went to Maties’ Charmaine Baard while Nichole Taljaard, also from Maties, won the award for the best shot of the match.

TuksNetball secured their fourth win following an annihilation of UJ in their next game. They looked fresher and more confident compared to their game against Maties and managed to lead each quarter by 15 points or more. The UP ladies seemed to have rectified their questionable shooting skil ls which may have disappointed them in the Maties game. From the beginning, UP took an early lead and showed how big of a threat they’re going to be in this year ’s competition. UJ never caught up despite an improved second half of the game. UP’ s control of the first two quarters allowed them to make numerous substitutions and position changes. When the final whistle blew, UP had raced to an astounding 72-30 victory. TuksNetball’s Anique Grobler won FNB player of the match while Rumandi Potgieter, also from TuksNetball, won shot of the match.

The two wins mean UP is positioned securely in third place on the log with 19 points, only behind UFS Kovsies Netball by a point. NWU-Pukke Netball is still the team to beat, having no t lost one of their first five games.

UP’s next game is on 18 September at the Rembrandt hall where they will be taking on VUT Netball ,who are bottom of the log.

 

Photo: Stefan Stander

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