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Rhodes loses netball to University of Fort Hare

Date Released: Mon, 27 August 2012 12:00 +0200

By Buhle Nkonki

University of Fort Hare’s (UFH) netball first team outclassed Rhodes in a tough, physical game on 18 August. The game was characterised by good, swift play from the visitors and some slack defending by Rhodes.

In the opening minutes, University of Fort Hare’s centre Sinazo Peters suffered a knee injury and was replaced by Vuyo Mbatyothi. Despite this early setback, they scored a number of early goals and stormed into and early lead. This, coupled with some good defending, saw them go into half time leading 5-2.

During half time, Adrian Abrahams, UFH’s coach, said he was pleased with how his team was playing. “It’s a good game, but the score never reflects the game,” he said.

Rhodes made a comeback in the second half and scored four goals without reply, managing to get past a very good defensive team. However, when the Rhodes’ goal defender, Nomonde Gumbi injured herself and had to be replaced, UFH took the initiative and pushed hard for the win.

Rhodes’ players were blown for obstruction often, meaning the game became quite scrappy. UFH capitalised on this, and with the help of some accurate shooting, they soon opened up a five-point lead. The game ended 20-15 to UFH.

After the match, UFH’s coach Abrahams was coy in talking about his team’s prowess. “The umpires played a crucial role because there was a lot of obstruction,” he said. “It could have been anyone’s game.”

“The feeding could have improved and the girls were too tired and losing too many balls,” said Rhodes’ coach, Nomaxabiso Bill.

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