All-time winners Jubilee Hall were infuriated when they were beaten for the first time 14-11 by Medics at the Wits Netball Internal League (INL) finals on August 27.
In an intense game, Jubilee Hall and Medics maximised their opportunities for shots. The ladies from Medical School maintained their accurate shooting record, and were leading by two points at halftime with a score of 8-6.
The Jubilites displayed impressive teamwork and staged a comeback in the third quarter, when both teams scored two goals each. But the two points that Medics won earlier gave them the lead.
Jubes failed to come back fully from behind and the Medics finally won the game 14-11.
Medics walked away with a trophy and title; the champions of the Wits Internal Netball. Jubilees were awarded silver medals as runners-up.
The Medics victory took not only Jubilee by surprise as they have never lost in all the league games and to the Medics team.
Medics coach and player Namene Amwele said they were “super excited” as they had lost to the same team in their first game.
“We do not get much time to practise because of the nature of our medical course but we try to meet once a week or every two weeks,” she said.
“We make the most of the time we get.”
Amwele received the player of the season award and Medics’s Tess Blignaut was awarded the most promising player along with Webster’s Tumi Kgosi and Khanyisile Khanyile from Barnato.
Olwethu Twalo, who plays for Jubilee, received the players’ player award.
Neighbouring teams David Webster and Barnato Hall played off for the third place position, and Webster won 14-10. They received bronze medals.
Barnato Hall walked away with the team of the season trophy.