#TuksNetball: UP-Tuks outclass spirited Maties

Posted on September 14, 2016

UP-Tuks had their round-two clash with Stellenbosch University (Maties) on Sunday, 11 September 2016. First-year Chantelle Swart made her debut at the match and Proteas players Lenize Potgieter and Izette Lubbe returned to the team.

It was a reserved start by both sides, with neither wanting to make any mistakes, and at the end of the first quarter Tuks had a slim 11–8 lead. Maties gave a strong performance in the second quarter with an interesting contest between Carli Swart and Shadine van der Merwe in defence.

Maties goal shooter Carli Swart showed good composure, as did Chantelle Swart, especially given that this was her first ever match at this level. She played alongside her role-model, Potgieter, in a combination which worked extremely well for UP-Tuks. The score reflected this, tied at 24–24 going into the second half.

The talent of both sides was on full display in the third quarter, which ended with the score again tied at 39–39. Tuks brought in experienced player Melissa Kotze, who helped to stabilise Tuks’s attack, but a spirited Maties maintained a narrow lead until a power play was called and UP-Tuks levelled the score again. Kotze and Potgieter showed their experience and pulled ahead from Maties in the final two minutes, with a second power play also being dominated by Tuks. Maties ran out of steam as Tuks charged on to win with a final score of 65–48.


FNB Player of the Match: Shadine van der Merwe (Tuks)


UP-Tuks: Ine-Marie Venter, Melissa Kotze, Tshina Mdau, Marlize de Bruin, Shadine van der Merwe, Juzeldri Garbers, Jasmine Ziegelmeier, Shongile Hlongwane, Lenize Potgieter, Dima Mogoale, Chantelle Swart, Izette Lubbe

Maties: Juline Rossouw (captain), Jo Prins (vice-captain), Charmaine Baard, Carli Swart, Somari Els, Sasha-Lee Petersen, Stephanie Brandt, Annerine Snyman, Abeline Olivier, Carla Werth, Megan Gossman, Leanne Nigrini


- Author Theriso Lethuloe

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