Who Will Be the Varsity Netball Champions of 2014?

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Thu, 09/10/2014 - 13:47
  • Varsity Netball 2014
    Pukke vs Tuks

There have been a lot of surprises and upsets in this year’s tournament and we are surely up for mind blowing semifinals.

Last year Kovsies and NWU-Pukke sealed the tournament with a breathtaking final. It wasn’t easy to tell who would take the title. This year they meet in the semifinal and Kovsies will have the pleasure of having their home crowd cheering them on.

Last year Kovsies and NWU-Pukke sealed the tournament with a breathtaking final

I am dying to see how this match will pan out especially since their match in the fourth round when the match ended in a draw.

The Free State based side led most of the game only to drop the ball in the last quarter where Dorette Badenhorst’s girls were able to dig deep and pull of through to register the only draw in Varsity Netball.
I think we should expect an intensive and nailbiting netball between the two. NWU-Pukke have a score to settle with Kovsies while the Free State-based team will not allow visitors to humiliate them at home.

I think we should expect an intensive and nailbiting netball between the two

In the second semifinal, UP-Tuks are the team that everyone will have their eyes on. The Pretoria-based side had an incredible netball tournament so far. They are the only team to have scored 98 goals in a single match in the competition.

 They are the only team to have scored 98 goals in a single match in the competition.

They will host the Maties at the UP-Tuks Rembrandt Hall on Monday and their coach, Jenny van Dyk said it was their aim to win the round seven game in order to get gain home advantage.

They will be under a lot of pressure to keep their up their winning streak. With the way things have been going on, it seems they don’t miss their sharp shooter, Lindie Lombard that much after she sustained a serious knee injury in their match against UJ.

They will be under a lot of pressure to keep their up their winning streak.

UP-Tuks big squad could be their secret to success this year. Van Dyk uses different combinations in almost every match but all these players are able continue with the same level of intensity.

Lastly, Maties have been the surprise package this year. Their performance in their first two matches against NWU-Pukke and UP-Tuks respectively, would have had people write them out of the competition.

But their match against NMMU was the much turn around they needed to move up on the log.  They have shown resilience which will take them through when they meet UP-Tuks on Monday.

The great thing about this year’s semifinals is that there will be no out right finalists after the final whistle.

The great thing about this year’s semifinals is that there will be no out right finalists after the final whistle. It will also be interesting to know how these teams will do without some of their players who will be taking part in the International Series taking place from 12 to 18 September at the Kopanelo Hall in Potchefstroom. I am looking forward to intensive and thrilling matches.

Let the games begin.

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