Log leaders North-West University extended their lead at the top of the Varsity Netball standings against the Madibaz ladies with a convincing 44-21 win in Port Elizabeth on Monday evening.
The NWU ladies were clinical in a game where they let very few chances slip. They took almost every opportunity they received with very accurate striking up front. Their clinical and precise passing and made it look easy.
NWU started off strongly and led throughout the match, although with the score still a fairly close 19-11 at half time, Madibaz would have been optimistic that it wasn’t yet out of reach.
Neither side took advantage of their power plays but the ladies from NWU didn’t need to, striking consistently throughout the second quarter.
Bianca Blom was on fire in the third quarter, helping her team move up a gear and take the match out of reach for the Madibaz. At the end of third quarter it was 15-31 to the visitors.
NWU added 13 points to the score in the final quarter as Madibaz managed just six.
The defending champions all but guaranteed their semi-final spot with one round of Varsity Netball remaining while Madibaz have some work to do going into the last round.
FNB Player of the Match: Romé Dreyer (NWU)
Samsung Best Shot Award: Bianca Blom (NMU)
Madibaz Team: Jeanie Steyn, Hlumisa Sithonga, Nobubele Phuza, Nandipha Jack(C), Carla Viviers, Nolusindiso Twani, Bianca Blom, Lindokuhle Manyisa, Philene van Niekerk, Zimasa Tshangela, Vuyiseka Ntsalu, Bridget Hart
NWU: Anja Esterhuizen, Jessica du Plessis, Caitlinn Rousseau, Romé Dreyer, Chanté Bester, Mandy Hermanus, Simoné Rabie, Ischke van den Berg, Didi Keebine, Jomarie Myburgh, Zandre Erasmus, Claudia vd Berg
By Shawn Marsh