Kotze lands SA title in Gautengers’ net

2011-08-13 18:16

World Cup coach Elize Kotze got the better of her one-time deputy Burta de Kock in the Spar National Netball ­Championships in Cape Town yesterday.

Kotze guided Gauteng North to a successful title defence with a 37-31 victory over De Kock’s Free State Motheo side in a closely-contested final here.

With the scores locked 8-8 in the first quarter, the champions went on to lead with five goals – 18-13 – in the second half.

The third quarter saw Gauteng maintain their lead (27-22).

De Kock said: “We had lapses – we were up at one stage – but that’s all right when you’re against a team that’s used to fighting until the end.

“We definitely learned from our mistakes. I think we were ­inconsistent. We lost a lot of ball possession.

“However, we were playing a more experienced team. I ­congratulate them for winning the title again.”

Victorious mentor Kotze said: “They were brilliant and ­accurate. My defence was also very good. I am extremely ­happy.

It did not surprise me at all because we have been ­playing well.”

Gauteng’s shooting combination of Vanes-Mari du Toit and Annemarie Frost adopted a powerful stance which saw them rarely missing scoring chances.

Their mid-court dynamos Erin Burger (player of the ­tournament) and wing-attacker ­Rozanne Matthyse relished the opportunity to reveal their ­inventive feeding attributes while, defensively, veteran Des Kotze confidently snaffled ­possession and their efforts were rewarded on the ­scoreboard.

Motheo lost too many balls in the crucial stages of the game and they were punished by a clearly superior side.

Credit should also go to ­pocket-sized Free State wing-attacker, Cleo Kgopotso who won possession from formidable foes in a rarely seen toss which ­ignited the crowd.

» Meanwhile, Gauteng Central wing-attacker Nthabiseng ­Moabi’s name was not in the ­national squad that was ­announced on Friday evening.

The team will travel to Perth, Australia in October where they have been invited to play a friendly game against Malawi as a curtain-raiser to an international test between Australia and New Zealand.

The former Proteas vice-captain was dropped on the eve of the Netball World ­Championships in Singapore last month, causing a huge ­uproar in ­sporting circles.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.