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Training squad named for Welsh games as Crinums win BFNPL
- Updated: May 29, 2016
Netball South Africa has announced a 25-strong training squad ahead of the SPAR Challenge international netball test series against Wales in Durban next month.
The training squad was announced after the final of the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League at the Durban Ice Arena in Ethekwini, Kwa-Zulu Natal on Saturday.
The team from this squad for the SPAR Challenge will be announced on Thursday.
The training squad is: Charmaine Baard (Southern Stings), Erin Burger (Stings), Sigrid Burger (North West Flames), Lauren-Lee Christians (Free State Crinums), Rome Dreyer (Flames), Marlize de Bruin (Golden Fireballs), Elsje Du Plessis (Kingdom Stars), Maryka Holtzhausen (Crinums), Rochelle Lawson (Stings), Lindie Lombard (Gauteng Jaguars), Izette Lubbe (Jaguars), Tshina Mdau (Jaguars), Phumza Maweni (Kingdom Stars), Palesa Mbukwana (Mpumalanga Sunbirds), Fikile Mkhuzangwe (Flames), Karla Mostert (Crinums), Bongiwe Msomi (Stars), Thulisile Nhleko (Sunbirds), Precious Mthembu (Stars), Lenize Potgieter (Jaguars), Alicia Puren (Crinums), Jeanie Steyn (Jaguars), Renske Stoltz (Flames), Nadia Uys (Flames), Zanele Vimbela (Eastern Cape Aloes)
There was no third time lucky for the Gauteng Jaguars, who were soundly beaten, 52-43, by the Free State Crinums in the final of the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League at the Olive Centre on Saturday night.
It was the third time the two teams had met in the final, and once again, the Crinums displayed their big match temperament. Unlike the finals in 2014 and 2015, there was no need for extra time, as the Crinums dominated throughout the match.
Although the teams exchanged goal for goal in the early stages of the match, seven unanswered goals for the Crinums in the middle of the first quarter set the Free State team on the path to victory, with the Jaguars unable to make up the difference.
The Crinums shooters, Gertriana Retief and Proteas and Crinums captain Maryka Holtzhausen kept their composure and shot at goal from all areas in the circle. The Jaguars goalshooter, Lenize Potgieter, recently returned from playing for Bath in the English Super League, seemed strangely diffident, and a number of balls were lost as she tried to get into a better position by passing the ball in the circle. Her Bath and Protea teammate, Crinums goal defence Karla Mostert, proved once again that she is the best defender in South Africa, as she turned over balls time and time again.
By halftime, the Crinums had a 29-21 lead, which they extended to 42-30 at the end of the third quarter.
To their credit, the Jaguars fought to the end and, in fact, won the final quarter by 13 goals to 10. Potgieter appeared to have regained her mojo and sank goal after goal, but it was too late, and the jubilant Crinums hoisted the trophy for the third time.
‘Winning is a habit,’ said Crinums coach Burta de Kock.
‘We are blessed in the Free State with a brilliant support system, brilliant players and brilliant leadership. Throughout the tournament, the players have been humble and they have never taken anything for granted.
‘They have a passion for the game and are prepared to put in the hard work. We never have disciplinary problems.’
The Jaguars coach Jenny van Dyk said her players were devastated at losing their third consecutive final.
‘We started slow, and missed a few crucial shots in the first quarter, and were never able to catch up,’ said Van Dyk.
‘Things didn’t work out for us as a team today, but I am still proud of my players for doing what it takes to reach a final.’
Earlier, the Southern Stings beat the North West Flames 56-35 to secure third place, while the Kingdom Stars beat the Golden Fireballs 40-39 in a nail-biting fifth place play-off.
Picture of the victorious Crinums courtesy of Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix