Match ready

2017-06-07 06:01
Nontuthuko Khomo of KZN Kingdom Stars during the 2017 Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League game between Crinums and Southern Stings in Bloemfontein.Photos: Supplied

Nontuthuko Khomo of KZN Kingdom Stars during the 2017 Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League game between Crinums and Southern Stings in Bloemfontein.Photos: Supplied

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The Northern Cape Diamonds were under pressure from their opponents, Kingdom Stars, who seemed to barely raise a sweat in their demolishing 66-26 win during the Brutal Fruit Premier Netball League match at the Mangaung Indoor Area this past Saturday (03/06).

Stars, who finished in fifth position last year, have had a disappointing tournament this year, but they came out strongly against the Diamonds, who have not won a match this year.

The teams were even for the first three minutes, but then Stars, who have two Proteas in their team, started pulling away.

By half time, they were 20 points ahead (34-14) and they continued to pile on the pressure. The Diamonds fought hard, but were outclassed.

“We were a bit shaky at the start, but then we got our rhythm and started to play better,” said Stars wing defence and captain, Precious Mthembu, who was named player of the match.

Coach Madri Maritz said their combinations had worked well and their defence had been effective.

“We would like to play the Baobabs in our play-off for seventh place tomorrow. We drew with them earlier in the tournament and we have a point to prove,” said Maritz.

Maria Maiya, coach of the Diamonds, bemoaned the poor passes and unforced errors.

“We will have to focus more when we play our last match tomorrow,” she said.

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