Student Digs B netball team ended Tuesday night’s match with a win against Sunnyside.
Student Digs B beat Sunnyside 35-14 in a fast paced Wits internal netball league match at the Bozzoli Sports Pavilion on Tuesday, August 13.
Sunnyside started out strong in the first quarter of the match and scored four goals in less than five minutes, leaving the opposing team stunned.
Student Digs B were playing at a disadvantage, down one player after Mbalenhle Ndwenye fell ill and had to retire. The reduced team numbers led to needless mistakes of overstepping and short passes, taking the score to 4-2 to Sunnyside.
Student Digs B’s caught up to their rivals after introducing goal attack Jackie Manzunzu who helped the team score five more goals to reach a give Student Digs B a 7-4 advantage.
The second quarter opened with renewed aggression from Student Digs B who had three failed goal attempts but enough to increase the pressure on the opposition.
Students Digs B coach, Thami Martins became uneasy during the 3rd quarter as the pressure mounted on his team after Ndwenye suddenly vomited on the court and was unable to continue playing.
Pressed for time, the referee called for play to resume in the 4th quarter and with only six players on the court, Student Digs B made up for lost time at the very last minute of the match securing victory.
Speaking to Wits Vuvuzela, Martins attributed his team’s win to the strategy he had devised.
“Our game plan was to play quick so that the opponents would chase the game. Our plan worked as we never lost any quarter and our shooters came prepared and converted 85%,” he said.
Manzunzu said, “It was actually a good game, it was quite challenging at the beginning but with team work it works well.”
Nondumiso Mabuza, Sunnyside’s coach, described the game as difficult, “considering the fact that our opponents are 2nd on the log.
“It was a high intensity game with a lot of physicality and unfortunately the outcome wasn’t a favourable one for us but we took positive points from it,” said Mabuza.
Student Digs B take on Jubilee in their next match at Digs Field on August 15.
FEATURED IMAGE: Student Digs B goes head to head with Sunnyside in Wits’ Internal Netball League. Photo: Masechaba Kganyapa
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