KZN OUT-CLASS FREE-STATE
Written by: Venal Naidu
KwaZulu-Natal downed Free-State 63-44 in their last group game of the South African Netball Championships at Durbans’ Hoy Park.
The first two quarters were closely contested as the scoring continued in a back and fourth motion to leave the score at 26-26 at half time.
After half time, KZN came out all guns blazing and scored six points on the bounce and went on to control the third quarter, as they led with a convincing lead. In the final quarter it was more of the same from KZN as they continued to dominate and they went on to win by 19 points with final score being 63-44.
Coach of the KZN team, Moqda du Plessis, was very happy that the team played well as a unit.
“I think that the most important part is that they trust each other,” said du Plessis.
Coach du Plessis was grateful to Spar for their contribution to the tournament.
“I think it’s absolutely terrific what Spar is doing for our players. Our players are really and honestly blessed and we are spoiled even as the technical team. It means a lot to the players because if they are well fed and well looked after their performance is better,” explained du Plessis.
Captain of the KZN team Sneh Mkhize, was proud of her team’s performance.
“From the start we had our team spirit united. Our aerial defence was quite strong, when we’re out on the field we put all differences aside and we gel quite nicely,” said Mkhize.
The newly announced South African Netball coach, Anneline Lewies, was in attendance to scout the next superstars on the pitch but insisted that size will be a factor when selecting a team.
“To comply with the new netball rules and to keep up with the rest of the world, we have to look at size when selecting the team. There are a lot of good players but they are a bit too small,” said Lewies.
*Caption: KZN striker puts the ball into the basket at Hoy Park in Durban.