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Netball side Baobabs embark on a points-donating spree

  • by Piet Rampedi
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Baobabs' Wonga Mthombeni challenges Zanele Vimbela of the Aloes during the 2016 Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League match at Olive Convention Centre, Durban in Kwa-Zulu Natal. ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Baobabs’ Wonga Mthombeni challenges Zanele Vimbela of the Aloes during the 2016 Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League match at Olive Convention Centre, Durban in Kwa-Zulu Natal. ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

MOYAHABO MABEBA

THE Limpopo provincial netball side, the Baobabs continued to endure the full brunt of assault in the fiercely contested Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League when they lost all their three matches at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban over the weekend.

On Friday, it was a night of humiliation in the hands of second from the bottom-placed Mpumalanga Sunbirds who handed them a 48-29 defeat.

The following day, their assault continued in the hands of Northern Cape Diamonds who thrashed them 46-36.

And as if the trouncing was not enough, Eastern Cape Aloes rubbed salt onto their excruciating wounds with a massive 60-23 score line.

The Baobabs have been a willing donor of points for teams in the national league, condemned to the basement of the log standings after losing all their matches thus far.

It was mission accomplished for Aloes after overpowering the Baobabs in their final playoff game to secure seventh spot with unmatched resilience.

Still struggling without their star shooter, Rahab Ngobeni, who missed this weekend’s matches, the Baobabs were simply outplayed by a strong Aloes side intent on winning by as big a margin as possible.

That they did, with a massive cheer from the team bench when the 60th goal sailed through the net just seconds before the final whistle.

Not only were the shooters on target but the defence did a phenomenal job of preventing the Baobabs from getting the ball into the circle.

The Limpopo team could only manage to score three goals in the third quarter and four in the fourth.

Aloes reserve goalkeeper Zukelwa Cwaba was eventually named the player of the match.

While losing by a 37-goal margin is never fun, both Baobabs coach and captain praised their team’s attitude.

“The girls put in a fight this weekend. I’m happy that some of the commentators were saying that the girls were fighting from the first whistle to the last whistle,” said coach Cecilia Molokwane, pointing out that more training time is needed if the team are to become real contenders.

Captain Vasta Nchefu added. “This week was really a week for us to improve and I’m really happy as a captain that we were able to pick each other up.”

 

 

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