In the second game of the day in Port Elizabeth, the home side Madibaz worked their way to a 63-44 win over a spirited UWC.
This Round 4 clash was seen as a must win for Madibaz in from of their home crowd. The first quarter, with the speed of eventual FNB Man of the Match and fan favourite Jami-Leigh Goeda and the height of Jody Vorster took Madibaz into a commanding lead of 15-6 to show their intent.
The second quarter was much of the same. The height advantage of the Madibaz defence, with MTN Interceptor of the match, Philene van Niekerk, forcing UWC into mostly long-range efforts from Wimpy Moment Maker Jami Vermeulen and Namibian Vendijhonga Katjaimo, meaning they were less clinical inside the ring but still sinking most of their shots. Although there were spirited efforts from UWC, it was point for point and Madibaz held onto a lead of 27-15 going into half-time.
Half-time saw Madibaz making a few changes to their side, with UWC seeing that as an opportunity to take their Powerplay immediately after, outscoring the hosts during it. It wasn’t enough, though, as Madibaz held their 12-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
It was all about pushing for the bonus point in the final quarter for Madibaz, achieving it with 10 mins left on the board.
From thereon out, it was routine for Madibaz to finish off their opponents and work on their goal difference with Kovsies looming ahead for them during the bumper weekend next up in Pretoria next.
FNB Player of the Match: Jami-Leigh Goeda (Madibaz)
Wimpy Moment Maker: Jami Vermeulen (UWC)
MTN Interceptor of the Match: Philene van Niekerk (Madibaz)
Madibaz: 2 Bianca Blom (vice-captain), 3 Jamie-Leigh Goeda, 8 Lieze Greeff, 7 Siphosethu Kilani, 10 Noluthando Maliehe, 12 Dillian Pienaar, 4 Hlumisa Sithonga, 5 Jeanie Steyn (captain), 15 Philene van Niekerk, 16 Marna Visagie, 11 Carla Viviers, 1 Jody Vorster.
Coach: Lana Krige
UWC: 12 Courtleigh Behr, 3 Wilmedine Boer, 7 Jade Carnow, 1 Amber Coraizin, 15 Aimee Cupido, 6 Gillian Fortuin, 4 Vendjihonga Katjaimo (vice-captain), 9 Heidi Kuzatjike, 13 Gailynn Potts, 14 Anuschka Snyders, 5 Keesha van Schalkwyk, 8 Jami Vermeulen.
Coach: Janine du Toit
By Shawn Marsh