Jaguars Sink Stings

The Gauteng Jaguars got revenge for their defeat last week when they beat the Southern Stings 45-33 in the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League on Friday night.  As the adage goes, it was a game of two halves – in the first period, the Jaguars looked unstoppable.  At half-time, they had a 24-12 lead.

But in the third quarter, the Stings came back strongly, outscoring the local team by 13 goals to seven.  They looked like a different team, and so did the Jaguars.  In the final quarter, the Jaguars seemed to find their rhythm again, and they won the quarter 14-7.

Both teams were strengthened by the return of their Proteas, who had been playing in the European netball championships in Belfast.  This was particularly important for the Jaguars, who had been without five of their star players.  The Stings had lost three players to the national team.

Asked what had galvanised the Stings at half-time, coach Marlene Wagner said she had made a positional change:  ‘I strengthened our defence, and that made a difference.  We turned more balls after that.’  Wagner said she was a little disappointed that her team had lost too many balls:  ‘They were making some unnecessary high passes, and not controlling their catches.  But we lost the match in the first quarter, when we only scored three goals to the 11 scored by the Jaguars.  The team found their feet after that, but there was too much to catch up.’  Jaguars coach Jenny Van Dyk was pleased her team was back to its winning ways, after losing both matches last weekend.

She also made a change in the third quarter, and she thought this was what had cost them the quarter:  ‘I brought Lindie Lombard on at goal attack, instead of Melissa Myburgh, and the team took too long to adjust to a different shooter.  They were battling to find their rhythm and this made a big difference.’  Captain Erin Burger said she felt the Jaguars timing had been off and this had contributed to their poor showing in the third quarter:  ‘We settled down in the last quarter, and played much better.’

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