Brutal Fruit Netball league starts on a high note

Nana Khomo of the Kingdom Stars challenged by Sunelle Barnard of the Southern Stings during the 2017 Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League match between Southern Stings and Kingdom Stars at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa on 30 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

The Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League defending champions, Crinums, suffered their second successive defeat when they were comprehensively beaten, 53-34, by the Golden Fireballs.

The Fireballs were in control of the match throughout, leading 21-13 at halftime.

The Crinums fought back in the third quarter and reduced the goal deficit to three goals before the Fireballs pulled away again.

The third quarter was the closest of the match, with the Crinums scoring 1l goals to 12 for the Fireballs.

In the final quarter, it was one-way traffic, with the Fireballs outscoring the Crinums 20-10. The match was very competitive, with the defence in both circles making life difficult for the shooters.

Fireballs coach Elsje Jordaan was justifiably happy with her team’s performance. “I was pleased that the senior players stepped up today.

“The win will give the team confidence going further into the tournament,” she said.

“It’s not nice to lose, but I am not at all negative,” said the Crinums coach, Burta de Kock.

“I have a younger team and they are not used to the pressure, but this will help them to cope with it.

“We will go back and do some fine-tuning and work on our combinations.”

In the earlier match, the Jaguars mauled the Mpumalanga Sunbirds, beating them by 63 goals to 20.

The Sunbirds once again struggled to score goals and the Jaguars were 10 goals to the good by the time the Sunbirds put their first ball through the net.

The Jaguars defence was fierce and goal defence, Shadine van der Merwe, and goalkeeper Jasmine Ziegelmeier did an outstanding job of turning over balls in the Sunbirds’ circle.

“It has been a valuable first week for us,” said Jaguars coach Jenny van Dyk.

“I was able to give everybody a chance to show what they could do, and I also saw very effective combinations that I hadn’t thought of.”

Sunbirds coach, Marlie Nel thought her team had performed better than in their first match, against the Baobabs.

“We didn’t make all those silly mistakes and I was proud that they fought hard right to the end,” said Nel.

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