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FANCY FOOTWORK. Mampho Tsotetsi of Gauteng Central, left, and Ekhurhuleni's Thuli Qequ compete for the ball during day two of the Spar National Netball Championships at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Phokeng yesterday. Picture: Gallo Images

FANCY FOOTWORK. Mampho Tsotetsi of Gauteng Central, left, and Ekhurhuleni's Thuli Qequ compete for the ball during day two of the Spar National Netball Championships at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Phokeng yesterday. Picture: Gallo Images

Gauteng Central captain Simnikiwe Mdaka has warned her team to sharpen up over the next couple of days if they hope to challenge for the gold medal at the Spar National Netball Championships.

Mdaka’s side remained unbeaten yesterday, after playing three matches in two days, as they charged to the top of Pool 2 at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace.

She admitted, however, that they would need to eliminate a few errors to find their best form.

“We’re happy with the results, but not the performances,” said Mdaka, who plays as a centre for the Proteas.

“In some quarters we’ve been brilliant and in other quarters we’ve dipped.

“So we haven’t been consistent, and the team that wins this tournament will be the team that plays well in every quarter.

“But it’s only day two, so we have time to polish up over the next couple of days.”

The Gauteng Central team secured a 44-25 win over neighbours Ekurhuleni on day two of the annual tournament, before edging Western Province 40-33.

They will face Northern Cape minnows Frances Baard today before squaring up against North West district outfit Dr Kenneth Kaunda in their final pool match tomorrow.

“In our pool I think Dr Kenneth Kaunda will be our strongest opposition,” Mdaka said.

“They’re a strong team and they don’t play flashy netball, so that should be a tough game.”

While they were also unbeaten, after bagging a 56-40 win over KwaZulu-Natal inland side Umgungundlovu, Dr Kenneth Kaunda had played only two matches and were three points behind the group leaders with a game in hand.

Meanwhile, Frances Baard stunned Western Province 47-43 in the last Pool 2 match of the day.

Elsewhere, in Pool 1, title holders Gauteng North continued their rampant charge as they cemented their place at the top of the group.

Northerns defeated Mangaung Metro 49-30 before crushing Buffalo City 75-16.

Nelson Mandela Bay coasted to a 60-29 victory over hosts Royal Bafokeng, but had played only two matches, leaving them in second position in the group with a game in hand.

Buffalo City grabbed their first win of the tournament with a comfortable 54-28 victory over Boland.

 

 

 

 

 

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