Crinums flying high

2015-05-27 06:00
MY BALL: Ane Botha (left), wing attacker of the Free State Crinums, gets the better of Tumi Mantjiu, the Gauteng Golden Fireballs’ wing defender, during the two teams’ Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League match at the University of Pretoria’s Sports C

MY BALL: Ane Botha (left), wing attacker of the Free State Crinums, gets the better of Tumi Mantjiu, the Gauteng Golden Fireballs’ wing defender, during the two teams’ Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League match at the University of Pretoria’s Sports C

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WITH her side now in pole position on the Brutal Fruit Netball League log, coach Burta de Kock is careful not to put the cart before the horse.

The Free State Crinums replaced the Gauteng Jaguars at the summit of the Division 1 log standings, following their comfortable 47-28 victory over the Golden Fireballs at the University of Pretoria’s Rembrandt Hall Sports Centre on Sunday (24/05).

De Kock’s girls also registered a hard-fought 48-39 victory against the North-West Flames on Friday (22/05) night.

They have won four matches on the trot since losing their second match of the season against the Jaguars three weeks ago.

“We are really excited to be on top of the log. I’m so proud of my girls – they are doing a fantastic job on the court. I’m very pleased with their work ethic, but there is room for improvement,” De Kock told Express.

The Crinums are on ten points, the Jaguars on eight and the Flames on eight with two group-stage games to go.

De Kock said she was not interested in how many points it took to win the Division 1; she just wanted the team to win.

“I’m always looking for more consistency, and we will be working on that during the week. We want to try and win all our matches, that is what is important to us.

“We are focusing on our own game. We are not focusing on what other teams are doing. If we stick to our own game plan then good results will follow.

“Our primary aim is to successfully defend our title.”

De Kock said she attributed their success in the tournament so far to their hard work and discipline.

“We have been working hard to prepare for this competition since 6 January.

Our hard work is paying dividends. We play as a unit and the girls are disciplined on the court.”

The Crinums return to Pretoria this weekend to face the Jaguars and the Southern Stings on Saturday (30/05) at 16:30 and Sunday (31/05) at 12:00 ­respectively.

“I’m positive we’ll win those matches. The mood in the camp is sky-high and the players are motivated to win the next game,” concluded De Kock.

The Free Staters will rely on Ane Botha, Danelle Willemse, Maryka Holtzhausen, Lauren-Lee Christians and Khomotso Mamburu to win these matches

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