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Western Cape teams turn on the heat at Spar Netball Champs

FILE - A netball flies towards the hoop. Photo: Supplied

FILE - A netball flies towards the hoop. Photo: Supplied

Published Dec 8, 2021


Cape Town — Western Cape overshadowed Eastern Province teams on Day 3 of the Spar National Netball Championships at the DF Academy, in Bellville, on Wednesday.

The unbeaten Cape Winelands A who have emerged as favourites for the title in the absence of champions Tshwane defeated the strong Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) outfit 60-48 in the A-Section pipe-opener on Wednesday.

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The Winelands side were off to a cracking and dictated the course of play from the opening quarter in which they secured a seven-goal (15-8) lead. From that point onwards, Winelands stepped up the intensity, and with each passing quarter, except the final quarter, widened the margin for a 46-33 lead ahead of the final stanza.

NMB closed the final set strongly, but the Winelands had built up an unassailable lead before signing off 60-48 to secure their position as the A-Section log-leaders.

Later in the day, NMB regained their winning form against KZN coastal rivals eThekwini A who they defeated 45-34.

The next Western Cape side to prevail was the Cape Town A, who scraped home in a come-from-behind 46 -43 win against a determined Buffalo City outfit.

City started like a house on fire as the Capetonians were slow out of the blocks, and by the time the first quarter ended, the Eastern Cape visitors had opened a 14-9 lead.

That was the cue for the Capetonians to up the ante, and in a dashing display stormed ahead 27-20 after two quarters. It was a tremendous performance considering the energy-sapping steamy summer conditions.

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City outscored Cape Town in the final two quarters, but the earlier 27-20 lead proved too great, and eventually, they went down by three goals (46-43).

The happiest at the nationals on Wednesday was the Johannesburg A coach Professor Chipeya who steered his charges to a deserving 52-46 win over struggling eThekwini A.

His team suffered a few reverses earlier in the week, but he was always positive that his side was on the way to securing a playoff berth later in the week. On Wednesday, they took a step in the right direction with a hard-fought win, and in his post-match speech, he vowed his side is growing in stature with each game.

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eThekwini stamped their authority on the match in the opening quarter, but Johannesburg bounced back strongly in the next with a 14-goal burst to the lead, which they never relinquished again. Johannesburg signed off with another 14-goal burst, in the final stanza.

Wednesday's A Section results to hand:

Cape Winelands A 60 Nelson Mandela Bay 48

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Johannesburg A 52 eThekwini A 46

Cape Town A 46 Buffalo City 43

eThekwini A 34 Nelson Mandela Bay 45


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