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.

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