Jaguars pick up lessons from trip


TSHINA Mu­dau de­scribed the Gaut­eng Jaguars five-day trip to New Zealand as “an ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time”. The 23-year-old and her team­mates went to New Zealand to take part in the Su­per Club Cham­pi­onship as a prize for win­ning the Bru­tal Fruit Net­ball Pre­mier League.

“The trip was amaz­ing. It was an ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time. We learnt new skills,” said the vice-cap­tain of the Jaguars.

The in­au­gu­ral tour­na­ment con­sisted of three top New Zealand teams – South­ern Steel, North­ern Mys­tics and Cen­tral Pulse, Celtic Flames from Wales, NSW In­sti­tute of Sport of Aus­tralia, Fiji’s Marama Vou and The Univer­sity of Trinidad and Tobago and the Jaguars. The Jaguars fin­ished sev­enth out of the eight teams.

Mu­dau, who won Player of the Match against Marama Vou, said net­ball in New Zealand is very dif­fer­ent from South Africa.

“The level of stamina and skill is dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent. We are a bit slower and lack­ing in skill. They are fast and strong,” said Mu­dau.

“I’ve also re­alised that New Zealand and Aus­tralia have a sim­i­lar style of net­ball,” she added.

Mean­while, The SPAR Baby Proteas’ dreams of reach­ing the semi-fi­nals of the Net­ball World Youth Cup were thwarted yes­ter­day when they came up against de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, New Zealand, at the Cam­pus In­door Sports Arena in Gaborone. The dom­i­nant Sil­ver Ferns beat the South African Un­der-21s 69-32.

The Sil­ver Ferns dom­i­nated from the start and en­joyed a 20-9 lead at the end of the first quar­ter.

South Africa looked more set­tled in the sec­ond quar­ter, which was their best. They scored 11 goals to 16 and man­aged to turn the ball over sev­eral times.

At half-time, the Sil­ver Ferns were ahead 36-20 and they con­tin­ued their dom­i­nance for the rest of the match.

The Baby Proteas fought hard but made a num­ber of mis­takes, in­clud­ing re­sort­ing to long, loop­ing passes that the Ki­wis were able to in­ter­cept with ease. They scored just six goals in each of the last two quar­ters, while New Zealand replied with 16 and 18 to cruise to a com­fort­able vic­tory over the in­ex­pe­ri­enced South Africans.

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