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Unbeaten Gauteng take on W Cape in final

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Gauteng remained unbeaten at the end of the round-robin section of the SPAR National Netball Championships in Durban on Friday with a 45-25 victory over Mpumalanga.

The match against one of the weaker teams gave Gauteng coach Jenny van Dyk the opportunity to give some of her bench players a run, and to rest critical players ahead of the final against defending champions Western Cape on Saturday.

The match was by no means a walkover, as the Mpumalanga defence was tight and the Gauteng shooters had to fight hard to score.

Van Dyk said afterwards she was pleased with the way the tournament had progressed, and Friday’s match had been a good workout ahead of the final.

‘We’ve been preparing for the final since Day One, working on our tactics and strategies,’ she said.

‘I took pages of notes during our match against Western Cape yesterday, and we will spend some time seeing where we did not execute our game plan. But it will all depend on the quality of decision-making on the court tomorrow. I can do as much as I can to prepare them, but it’s down to the players on the court.’

Western Cape breezed past Northern Cape, beating them 69-12.

‘It was a nice relaxed game, and we are going to relax today,’ said coach Annelie Lucas. ‘The girls are going to the beach this afternoon and they are not going to think about netball. They know what they have to do tomorrow.  I have a few options up my sleeve.

‘What we are going to focus on is a tight defence and the need to get the ball into the circle so that our shooters can score goals.’

North West thumped Eastern Cape 57-15 to finish the tournament in fourth position, while last year’s finalists, Free State, beat KwaZulu-Natal 50-39. They clinched the bronze medal when they beat North West 35-28 on Thursday.

Picture of Gauteng’s Shongile Hlungwana in action against Mpumalanga courtesy of Reg Caldecott

DAY FIVE RESULTS
W Cape 69 N Cape 12; North West 57 E Cape 15; Gauteng 45 Mpumalanga 25; Free State 50 KZN 39

Senior Section B
Mpumalanga 56 N Cape 19; W Cape 46 Limpopo 37; Gauteng 42 Royal Bafokeng 21;  KZN 56 SANDF 16

Under-21 Section A
Gauteng 68 Limpopo 23; KZN 63 Free State 44; North West 60 E Cape 24; W Cape 64 Limpopo 16

Under-21 Section B
Free State 55 N Cape 30; Royal Bafokeng 42 Mpumalanga 31; W Cape 46 N Cape 36;  Limpopo 70 N Cape 13; KZN 78 N Cape 23; North West 49 Mpumalanga 25; Free State 57 N Cape 8; Limpopo 47 Royal Bafokeng 27


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