FS has shaky start

2016-04-13 06:00
MARYKA HOLTZHAUZEN (right) of the Free State Crinums knocks the ball from Tshina Mdau of the Jaguars during the 2016 Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League match played at the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria on Friday (08/04). Photo: Supplied

MARYKA HOLTZHAUZEN (right) of the Free State Crinums knocks the ball from Tshina Mdau of the Jaguars during the 2016 Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League match played at the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria on Friday (08/04). Photo: Supplied

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THE Free State senior netball side, the Crinums, got the defense of their title off to a shaky start when they lost by 39-55 to the Gauteng Jaguars in their opening fixture of the 2016 Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League.

The opening league matches featuring ten teams that played in Pretoria over the weekend (08/04 to 10/04).

The Free State girls are attempting to build on their previous success and make history once again by winning the competition three times in a row, having won the prestigious trophy in 2014 and 2015.

Erika Calitz, programme manager, is determined that the champions will rise as the competition progresses.

She said the opening encounter against the Jaguars tested the Free State and also provided the chance for debutant players to improve in future matches.

“We had six new capped players in the team that played in the opening fixture.

“I’m confident they will find their rhythm in the competition.

“The event is not won in one game,” said Calitz.

The next fixtures will be played in Johannesburg at the Ellis Park Indoor Arena. It starts on Friday (15/04) and ends on Sunday (17/04).

The Crinums’ next opponents are the North-West Flames, who won by 68-36 against the Eastern Cape Aloe.

After Johannesburg, the action moves to the Olive Convention Centre in Durban on 29 May.

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