Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
10 Jun 2014
6:00 am

Maryke blooms for Crinums

Wesley Botton

Free State Crinums captain Maryke Holtzhausen was lauded by coach Burta de Kock after she led her team to a narrow win over the Gauteng Jaguars in a nail-biting inaugural Brutal Fruit Netball Cup final on Sunday.

Maryka Holtzhausen, captain of the Crinums with the trophy after they won the first division final against the Jaguars at the Brutal Fruit Netball Cup 08 June 2014. Tuks Rembrandt Hall, Pretoria South Africa. Photo by: Reg Caldecott/SASPA

Holtzhausen scored with 17 seconds left on the clock to equalise at the end of regular time (31-31), and the Crinums drew clear in the second half of extra-time to secure a 40-36 victory.

“Nothing stopped her. She was in complete control of the attack and the whole court,” De Kock said of the talisman skipper.

Holtzhausen was delighted to lift the trophy after putting up a persistent fight against the Jaguars.

“We were just so happy to get an opportunity to equalise for the extra 14 minutes, and I’m glad my team pulled through,” she said.

Jaguars coach Jenny van Dyk was satisfied with the performance of her young squad.

“They showed so much character today and they just kept going till the end,” Van Dyk said after the match.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, who played a key role in launching the continent’s first semi-professional netball league, confirmed the competition would be expanded next season.

While all games in the inaugural five-week championship were played at the University of Pretoria’s Rembrandt Hall, Mbalula said teams would play home and away next year and the length of the campaign would be extended.

“Next season I want us to play in our different provinces,” he said. “We must go up and down, and we will prolong the season.”