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 Rustenburg, North West, South Africa: As expected, Johannesburg reached the final of the 2023 SPAR National Netball Championships at Hoërskool Rustenburg with a 58-45 win over Cape Winelands in the first semifinal on Friday.

Johannesburg got off to an excellent start, winning the first quarter 16-9. They won the second quarter 18-11 to lead 34-20 at halftime.

Winelands began to fight back in the second half, losing the third quarter by just one goal and winning the final quarter 14-12.  But it was too little too late and the defending champions made sure that they could fight to retain their title on Saturday.

“I wanted a very good start so that I could give all the players a run,” said coach Elsje Jordaan.

“They have all been playing throughout the week and I wanted them all to experience playing in a semifinal.

“There was a bit of a drop in concentration towards the end, but that can happen when you have a big lead.”

She said the intense heat in Rustenburg, where the temperature has been in the mid-30s, meant she had to manage her players well.

“Not many of them have played a full game – I have tried to take them off for at least five minutes to give them a chance to recover.

“We have used ice baths, nutrition and compression to help them to rehydrate and recover after matches. I think they are surprisingly fresh after a hard week,” said Jordaan.

Mangaung got revenge for their defeat at the hands of Dr Kenneth Kaunda in the round robin section of the tournament with a decisive 53-34 victory in the second semifinal.

The two teams were neck and neck for the first half of the match and Mangaung had a slender 21-20 lead at halftime. But the Free State team started pulling away in the second half as the Dr Kenneth Kaunda shooters struggled to get the ball in the net. Mangaung scored 16 goals in the third quarter to five for the team from North West and secured the crucial 10 goal lead (36-26) that made a Dr Kenneth Kaunda victory unlikely. Mangaung then stepped up a gear, scoring 17 goals in the final quarter to eight for their opponents.

Coach Martha Mosoahle-Samm said the team had drawn strength from their draw with Johannesburg and their loss to Dr Kenneth Kaunda on Tuesday.

“You learn more from losing than from winning,” she said.

“If you win all the time, you might not see where you are going wrong, but losing helps you to identify problems.

“We knew it was going to be a tough semifinal. They are a very good team. But we also knew what we had to do to beat them today.”

She expected a hard game against Johannesburg in the final.

“But we know we have to play right up to the end, and we believe we can win,” said Mosoahle-Samm.

The final will be played at 09h15 on Saturday morning.

Tshwane won the Under-21 title, beating Mangaung 46-45 in a close fought match.

Tickets for the games will be available at the venue – R20 for adults and R10 for children.

Senior A final and play-off matches will be broadcast LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3/Channel 208 (7 October).



DAY 5: Results


Senior A: Semi-final

Johannesburg vs Cape Winelands

Q1: 16-9

Q2: 34-20

Q3: 46-31

Q4: 58-45 (FINAL SCORE)

Dr Kenneth Kaunda vs Mangaung

Q1: 9-11

Q2: 20-21

Q3: 26-36

Q4: 34-53 (FINAL SCORE)

U21 A: Semi-final

Tshwane vs Cape Winelands

Q1: 14-8

Q2: 28-14

Q3: 40-24

Q4: 54-36 (FINAL SCORE)

Mangaung vs Dr Kenneth Kaunda

Q1: 10-8

Q2: 21-17

Q3: 34-15

Q4: 46-33 (FINAL SCORE)



Tshwane vs Mangaung

Q1: 11-12

Q2: 23-24

Q3: 37-35

Q4: 46-45