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Maties’ revenge victory

Despite Kovsies leading for most of the match in their Callie Human Hall in Bloemfontein on Monday, Maties booked their spot in the Varsity Netball final by winning 62-60.

Maties, the visitors, got the first semi-final under way with the first centre pass and goal. Although Kovsies started with a few errors, goalkeeper Ané Retief was the first to break a Maties centre pass with a neat interception under the Maties goalpost. An unfortunate error from the home side saw Maties level the scores again.

Kovsies centre, Sikholiwe “Sne” Mdletshe, ended the first quarter with a classy interception, and the scores stood at 17-12.

The Maties side got the second quarter underway with changes in their defence. With Stephanie Brandt off, Khomotso Mamburu moved to goal keeper, Sasha-Lee Petersen moved to goal defence, and Caleigh Stuart came on at wing defence.

An early interception by Maties centre, Jo Prins, saw Maties closing the deficit to three goals, but an overthrow in their half saw Kovsies back ahead by four.

With just over six minutes left in the first half, interceptions and rebounds gathered by Retief saw the Kovsies extending their lead to eight.

Maties started the second quarter with an immediate turn of the Kovsies centre pass to take them within a goal of the home side. Three minutes into the quarter, Kovsies were forced to make their first change as Oageng Khasake replaced an injured Khanyisa Chawane, followed by Maties evening the scores at 33 goals each.

An interception by Maties goalkeeper, Smith, saw her side taking the lead for the first time in the game and quickly extending it to five goals. With Khasake finding her feet, Kovsies clawed their way back within two goals.

Shortly after, Chawane was back and classy play from the “Dream Team” saw them level the scores at 40 goals apiece.

With both Powerplays still to come, the visitors took the first centre pass of the final quarter. Three minutes into the quarter, the first of the Powerplays was called with Maties getting the upper hand to extend their lead to seven goals. This was shortly followed by a caution for Prins, and Kovsies closing the deficit to four goals.

Maties again capitalised on the home side’s errors and extended their lead to seven goals, with Kovsies’ Powerplay still to come. As if the final quarter was not tense enough, the final Powerplay was forced in the final two minutes, starting just before a Maties goal. This saw the visitors keep up the pressure, to book their spot in the final with a two-goal lead, ending the match 62-60.

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