Despite a slow start, the Kingdom Stars rallied to defeat the Northern Cape Diamonds 52-46 in their second round Brutal Fruit Netball Cup match at the Pretoria University Sports Centre on Sunday. The Diamonds came out with all guns blazing, and kept the Stars in check to take a 13-11 lead in the first quarter, but the Stars came back strongly in the second quarter, outscoring the Diamonds by 16 goals to 10. Both teams made a number of errors, but the Stars kept exerting pressure and the Diamonds started falling behind.
“The Diamonds made it very tough for us today. The Diamonds have been getting better throughout the tournament, and we knew they would come out strongly. We had a shaky start, which was a bit of a problem. But we came back after the first quarter, and I was very pleased that we were able to hold it together and get a positive result,” said Stars coach Marchelle Maroun.
Diamonds coach Elsje Van Der Merwe said her team had made too many unforced errors, and would have to improve their discipline on the court. “But I was pleased with the way they played. We threw everything at them, and I think the match could have gone either way. It was in the last quarter that we made too many mistakes – foot faults and things like that, and that cost us. We will have to work on those things before our next match,” said Van Der Merwe.