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Despite persistent cold weather in Potchefstroom on Wednesday, the on-court action was hot on the third day of the SPAR national netball championships.

Hosts Dr Kenneth Kaunda (North West South) and Boland provided the match of the day, which was action-packed and ended in the host region winning by 53 goals to 40.

Both teams played fast and adventurous netball, and Kaunda goalshooter, Chrisna Bootha ÔÇô who also plays for the SPAR national team – had a superb game, succeeding with just about every attempt at goal. Proteas teammate and Boland Counterpart, Christina Markgraaff, had a much better game than she did against Griqualand West on Tuesday, and national coach Carin Strauss, watching the girls performances in preparation for the Commonwealth Games, was beaming with pride.

Liezel Wium, Proteas captain, also had a good game, starting at centre and then moving to wing attack for the second half. Although Boland coach Mariana van Zyl conceded that her team was unlikely to make the final, she was philosophical about her team’s second defeat. ÔÇ£We still have four more matches (including the play-offs) and I was happy with the way we played today,ÔÇØ she said. ÔÇ£We played a more constructive game, and the players supported one another better than they did yesterday.ÔÇØ

Continuing with their winning streak, Gauteng North beat Western Province 61-24 in the first match of the day. With just one pool match left to play, Gauteng North seem likely to win their section and reach the final.

Although defeated in the first match of the day, Western Province coach Dalene Louw remains positive and believes that her team still has a chance of finishing second in their pool; ÔÇ£We’re not down and out yet,ÔÇØ she said. ÔÇ£We always knew Gauteng North were physically stronger than we are, and they made better use of their opportunities. But we will learn from today’s experience and do better tomorrow.ÔÇØ

It was a bad day for Gauteng West on Wednesday, who lost 47-29 to Elsje Jordaan’s young team from Gauteng East in their second match of the day. In other matches; Free State Motheo beat Gauteng Central 46-30 and defending champions Nelson Mandela Bay beat Gauteng West 47-30 to keep alive their hopes of finishing second in their pool.

Results from Day Three
Women’s A Section

Gauteng East bt Gauteng West 47-29
Freestate Motheo bt Gauteng Central 46-30
Nelson Mandela Bay bt Gauteng West 47-30
Gauteng North bt Western Province 61-24
Dr Kenneth Kaunda bt Bizhub Boland 53-40

Women’s B Section
Zululand bt Western Province 59-33
Amathole bt Capricorn 34-31
Nelson Mandela Bay bt Gauteng Vaal 26-24
Griqualand West bt EC Ukhahlamba 61-25
Gauteng North bt SWD 53-41

Women’s C Section
Gert Sibanda bt Nkangala 66-32
Gauteng Central bt Bojanala 44-37
NM Molema bt Fezile Dabie 29-23
KZN Ukhahlamba bt Cacadu 42-29
Ethekwini bt NM Molema 50-23
Midlands bt West Coast 36-28
Gert Sibanda bt OR Tambo 47-26
Bojanala bt Alfred NZO 51-27
Central Boland bt Enhlanzeni 40-29
Waterberg bt Chris Hani 47-29
Lim Sekhukhune bt KZN Ukhahlamba 63-26
Griqualand West bt NM Molema 57-27
KZN Midlands bt Bojanala 49-26
Gauteng Central bt Alfred NZO 57-36
Ethekwini bt Fezile Dabie 56-20
Waterberg bt OR Tambo 41-20
Enhlanzeni bt Cacadu 61-31

Men’s Section
Gauteng North bt Waterberg 57-28
KZN Midlands bt Freestate Motheo 46-33
NM Molema bt Capricorn 26-15
Dr Kenneth Kaunda bt Lim Sekhukhune 41-18
Ethekwini bt KZN Ukhahlamba 45-8
Zululand bt Fezile Dabie 52-23
Gauteng North bt Vhembe 46-26
Waterberg bt Gauteng Vaal 51-30
Freestate Motheo bt Bojanala 38-34
Bojanala bt Central Boland 43-29
Gauteng Vaal bt Dr Kenneth Kaunda 47-41
Vhembe bt Fezile Dabie  27-22
Ethekwini bt Capricorn 53-5
Gauteng Central bt Gauteng North 39-28


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