Players aim higher

2015-07-01 06:05
HAPPY TIMES: Burta de Kock (left) and Karla Mostert celebrate the Free State Crinums’ victory over the Gauteng Jaquars in the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League final at the University of Pretoria Sports Complex on 7 June in Pretoria. 
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HAPPY TIMES: Burta de Kock (left) and Karla Mostert celebrate the Free State Crinums’ victory over the Gauteng Jaquars in the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League final at the University of Pretoria Sports Complex on 7 June in Pretoria. Photo: Ch

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THE success of netballers Adele Niemand and Karla Mostert continues X they represent Kovsies, the provincial Crinums, as well as the national Spar Proteas as goal-keeper and goal defender respectively.

Niemand and Mostert played for the Free State Crinums on 6 June, which overpowered the Gauteng Jaguars in the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League (NPL). This win secured the championship title for the Crinums for the second time in a row.

“Our aim was to improve with each game. We did this throughout the league. The final game against the Jaguars was definitely our best game, so we are very satisfied,” said Mostert.

“The NPL prepared us and gave us game time. I think this is great preparation for the Diamond Challenge.”

The two Kovsies represented South Africa at the Diamond Challenge in Durban from 14 to 18 June.

Prior to the event, Burta de Kock, head coach of the university’s team, said: “The Diamond Challenge in Durban will be hard, because Zambia, Uganda and Malawi want to be the best in Africa.

“But South Africa has enough brilliant players to do the trick for us, and we also have a great leader as captain.”

Niemand and Mostert form part of the national squad selected for the upcoming 2015 World Cup in Australia.

The team will compete against Malawi, Singapore and Sri Lanka from 7 to 16 August.

For the upcoming games against the world’s best in Sydney, Niemand has set a personal goal, namely to be the best by playing every game as if it’s her last. In so doing, she aims to maintain the high standard of the team.

Their coach’s words of encouragement for the World Cup are: “Just go out with passion and enjoy every second. Never forget that you are our champions!”

The Spar Proteas have indeed proven to be champions by beating Zambia by 63-38 in the opening match of the challenge at the UGU Sports Centre on 16 June.

They proceeded to overpower Uganda with a score of 56-39, thus maintaining their unbeaten run.

The Proteas managed to end in the lead, securing the tournament trophy with a 40-35 win

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