Unbeaten Tuks Seal Spot in Varsity Netball Final

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Tue, 14/10/2014 - 15:10
  • Tuks vs Maties: Varsity Netball 2014 Semi-Final
    Tuks vs Maties: Varsity Netball 2014 Semi-Final

The Pretoria side will face defending champions Kovsies in the final next week after cruising to another comfortable victory.

Both teams were determined to grab the early initiative

Both teams were determined to grab the early initiative, but the class of UP-Tuks on attack saw them build up a healthy lead.

Maties fought hard and covered a lot of ground, but UP-Tuks were ruthlessly accurate and established a 15-10 lead by the end of the first quarter.

The Pretoria outfit were able to steal a few crucial centre passes, and made them count with some great finishing in front of goal.

Maties came out swinging as they tried desperately to keep UP-Tuks within striking distance

Maties came out swinging as they tried desperately to keep UP-Tuks within striking distance, but the home side took their powerplay and managed to maintain their advantage as they took a 32-21 lead into the half-time break.

It was more of the same in the second half as Maties battled away only to be thwarted by the disciplined UP-Tuks outfit.

The hosts were ruthless in the third period and showed impressive defensive discipline to hold out against the desperate Cape side.

Maties took the powerplay in a bid to work their way back into the match,

Maties took the powerplay in a bid to work their way back into the match, but they could not stop UP-Tuks from bringing up their half-century and by the final break the lead was 54-34.

As hard as they fought, there was no way back for Maties as UP-Tuks continued their unbeaten march in the competition with just one hurdle left.

FNB Player of the match: Shadine van der Merwe

UP-Tuks: Melissa Myburgh (GS/GA), Elouise Annandale (GS/GA), Cleopatra Kgopotsu (WA/C), Rome Dreyer (C), Izette Lubbe (C/WA), Tshina Mdau (WA), Gizelle Lemmer (WD/GD), Shadine van der Merwe (GD/GK/WD), Jeanie Steyn (GK), Vanes-Marie du Toit (GK/GD).

Maties: Charmaine Baard (GS), Haike Brink (GA), Melandi Pretorius (GA), Abeline Olivier (WA), Sune Claassens (C), Jo Prins (WD), Sasha-Lee Petersen (WD), Megan Gossmann (GK), Nandi Pretorius (WD), Juline Rossouw (GD), Akile Khoza (GK), Tilida Maas (GK).

 

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