NMMU made it two wins from their first two matches when they beat Maties 51-30 in their Varsity Cup Netball encounter at NMMU Missionvale Campus yesterday.
The Eastern Cape side had worked hard for a narrow victory over UJ on the opening day of the competition on Saturday and they followed that up with a superb performance against Maties yesterday.
Their victory over UJ had been a close affair, and it looked to be the same against Maties as they held a slender 18-17 lead at half-time.
However, NMMU’s fitness and commitment came to the fore in the second half as Maties fell off the pace and they cruised to a comfortable victory in the end.
Maties goal shooter Lizanne Visser did her best to keep her side in the game, and was rewarded with the FNB Player of the match award, but it was not enough as NMMU delivered a great team effort to seal victory.
NMMU will be looking to make it a clean sweep of victories at home when they face UCT also at Missionvale Campus tonight, while Maties will be determined to bounce back in their crunch game against UJ. On Saturday, NMMU showed great character to hold off a talented UJ side.
It was a tight match throughout with the lead changing hands a number of times, but NMMU did just enough to hold on for a vital opening victory on home soil.
With the crowd right behind them NMMU took the game to the more fancied UJ and their fighting spirit was eventually rewarded with victory.
UJ were never far behind and pushed extremely hard, but it was not enough and they started their varsity netball campaign on a disappointing note.
NMMU’s Mampho Tsotetsi was named FNB Player of the Match for her hard-working display, capping off a fantastic start to the competition for her side.
In another match played in Pretoria yesterday, UFS Kovsies bounced back from their opening loss to Pukke with a hard-fought 53-46 victory over UP-Tuks.
The Bloemfontein outfit went down to their old rivals from Potchefstroom on Saturday, but made amends on yesterday by beating Tuks.
Tuks goal shooter, Elouise Annandale had another impressive outing, fighting hard for every ball in front of the home crowd, but Kovsies kept their composure well to seal victory.
Tuks battled to penetrate at the start of the match, with Kovsies goalkeeper Iselma Parkin thwarting them a few times, while UFS goal shooter Danelle Williams found her range in the second quarter to give them a 26-22 advantage at half-time. Although Tuks pushed hard right up to the final whistle, Kovsies were simply too strong, with Ane Botha claiming the Player of the Match award following an energetic performance.
Tonight’s fixtures at Missionvale Campus are: 6pm: UJ v Maties; 7.30pm: NMMU v UCT