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Western Cape’s Wagner on the way forward at netball champs

It was another day of mixed fortunes for Western Cape A1 at the SPAR National Netball Championships in Margate on Wednesday, but coach Marlene Wagner was not despondent about the results.
Western Cape A1 played three matches, easily beating Limpopo 42-15 in their early match, before going down to high-flying Gauteng, who beat them 30-19.
‘It’s a work in progress with a young, developing team,’ explained Wagner. ‘We battled to get possession against Gauteng, and once we got possession, we lost it again. Our shooting was also not as accurate as it could have been and some of these youngsters are not quite ready, mentally, to take on some of these stronger teams.’
‘But it is a building process and we are bringing in the youngsters under the new structure, where teams play for provinces rather than regions. Maybe in a year or two or three we will be at the top again,’ she said.
Wagner said although players in her team were largely from Stellenbosch and Cape Town, they also came from as far afield as Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn, which made training very difficult.
‘We were also badly affected when Maties (Stellenbosch University) withdrew most of their players, because they want to save them for the Varsity Cup,’ she said.
Wagner said many of the bigger provinces had similar problems, but the new format was in its early stages and improvements would almost certainly be made over the next few years.
In their final match of the day, they squeaked home against Western Province A2 26-25.
North West also played three matches on Wednesday, and maintained their unbeaten record, with victories over KwaZulu-Natal A1, (50-27), Northern Cape (55-16) and Mpumalanga (48-26). Gauteng also continued to do well, beating KwaZulu-Natal A2 62-18 and Western Cape A1, while Free State beat Eastern Cape 47-18 and Limpopo 37-20.
Western Cape A2 also had a busy day, beating Mpumalanga 34-29 before losing to KwaZulu-Natal A1 (41-28) and Western Province A1.  Eastern Cape beat KwaZulu-Natal A2 48-14, while KwaZulu-Natal A1 beat Northern Cape 37-29.
North West are on top of the log, with 16 points, followed by Free State and Gauteng with 14 each.  Western Cape A1 are in fourth position, on 11 points. KwaZulu Natal A2 and Northern Cape have no points so far.

A Section
North West 50 KwaZulu-Natal (A1) 27, Gauteng 62 KwaZulu-Natal (A2) 18, Eastern Cape 18 Free State 47, Western Cape (A2) 34 Mpumalanga 29, Western Cape (A1) 42 Limpopo 15, KwaZulu-Natal (A1) 41 Western Cape (A2) 28,  Gauteng 30 Western Cape (A1) 19, North West 55 Northern Cape 16, Free State 37 Limpopo 20, Eastern Cape 48 KwaZulu-Natal (A2) 14, North West 48 Mpumalanga 26, KwaZulu-Natal (A1) 37 Northern Cape 29, Western Cape (A1) 26 Western Cape (A2) 25.

B Section
Gauteng 48 KwaZulu-Natal (B1) 46, Mpumalanga 28 Western Cape (B2) 25, Eastern Cape 25 Western Cape (B1) 23, Royal Bafokeng 23 Limpopo 18, Free State 32 KwaZulu-Natal (B2) 9, North West 38 Northern Cape 25.

Under 21 A Section
Eastern Cape 38 KwaZulu-Natal (A2) 20, Gauteng (A2) 33 Free State 30, KwaZulu-Natal (A1) 46 Northern Cape 22, North West 37 Western Cape 22, Gauteng (A1) 39 Limpopo 17, Free State 48 Northern Cape 19, Eastern Cape 29 KwaZulu-Natal (A1) 19, Gauteng (A1) 27 Gauteng (A2) 18, North West 38 KwaZulu-Natal (A2) 18, Western Cape 47 Limpopo 25.

Under 21 B Section
Western Cape 36 KwaZulu-Natal (B2) 32, Gauteng 45 Northern Cape 21, North West 38 Eastern Cape 23, Royal Bafokeng 33 Limpopo 22, Free State 35 KwaZulu-Natal (B1) 29, Gauteng 34 KwaZulu-Natal (B2) 22, North West 45 Western Cape 19, Northern Cape 26 Royal Bafokeng 26, Eastern Cape 34 KwaZulu-Natal (B1) 14, Free State 29 Limpopo 23.

In the picture above, Yolande du Preez of Gauteng shoots for goal with Phumza Maweni of Western Cape A1 defending during day three of the SPAR National Netball Championship. Picture courtesy of Reg Caldecott.