Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
29 Aug 2015
12:56 pm

North West win netball crown

Wesley Botton

North West maintained their composure to turn the tables on Gauteng, securing the SA netball title at the Spar National Championships in Margate on Saturday.

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Last year, when teams represented districts rather than provinces, the Dr Kenneth Kaunda outfit had gone unbeaten in the round robin stage but lost to Gauteng North in the final.

They made no mistakes this time, however, and after again winning every match in the first round they romped to a 28-14 victory in the gold medal playoff.

“Thanks to Gauteng for a great game, but I think my players were excellent,” said North West coach Dorette Badenhorst.

“We set our goals for each quarter and they just played brilliantly.”

Badenhorst was relieved to make up for last year’s defeat against Jenny van Dyk’s Gauteng North side, which had lifted the national crown four times in the last five years.

“We really worked hard and sometimes as coach you just want that gold so desperately. It came at the right time,” she said.

Van Dyk, meanwhile, was disappointed with her young team, after they had shown improvement throughout the week.

Gauteng were missing five of their Proteas players but Van Dyk had felt they could give their fancied opponents a tough time in the final.

“We were exceptional on defence today. We definitely turned enough balls, but we were very poor on attack,” Van Dyk said.

“There’s a lot of work for us to do with this side going forward.”

North West won all four titles on offer at the Ugu Sports Centre this week.

Aside from the A-section, they also bagged the B-section gold medal and both divisions in the Under-21 age group.

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