Thursday, February 9, 2023

Crystals too bright for Vipers

Youthful UB Crystals bounced back from their chastening loss against BDF Cats a week ago to win their first match of the season in the ongoing Lucara Netball League.

Coach Abednico Chetelo’s young ones bounced back in style as they shone bright in the day to beat Vipers 34 – 29 in a closely contested match this past Saturday morning.

Following a slow start that saw them trail Vipers 10 – 11 at the end of the first quarter, Crystals rallied back to take the second quarter 7 – 6 and scored level at 17 – 17 by recess.

From recess, it was all about Chetelo’s Crystals as they came back a better side of the two. They all but won the match in the third quarter which they won 11 – 3. This gave them a 28 – 20 aggregate lead going into the fourth and last set.

Crystals’ charge was also helped by the profligacy of Vipers in front of the net. While Crystals young ones took all their chances, it was the opposite at the other end where Vipers failed to net their numerous chances.

Even the switching of the prolific Boikanyo Selogetso from the defence to Goal Shooter in the last quarter did not help Vipers course. Despite her efforts helping Vipers win the last quarter, it was too little to late as Crystals held on for a much-needed win.

In another closely contested encounter, BDF Cats made it three consecutive wins as they beat Notwane 56 – 51 to continue their stay at the top of the league log.

The hugely entertaining encounter showed it will be a game of narrow margins from the first whistle and it was no surprise as Cats trailed Notwane 13 – 14 by the end of the first quarter.

Things however got more entertaining in the second quarter as Cats reasserted themselves to win it 15 – 13 and lead with an aggregate 28 – 27 at recess. Both teams went toe to toe in the third quarter which they ended locked at 15 – 15 and BDF leading Notwane 43 – 42 in aggregate.

Cats however upped the ante in the last quarter and were rewarded beautifully as they won it 13 – 9 and 56 – 53 on aggregate when the final whistle sounded. The win left Cats still perched at the top of the Southern Zone league log with 3 wins from 3 games.

In another game, Botswana Police Netball Club proved they are still a team to beat this season as they beat Prisons Netball Club 60 – 31 in a one sided encounter to make it two wins in two matches.

As expected, it was the Jungle Queens who started well against their Warders counterparts, winning the four quarters 13 – 7, 13 – 7, 17 – 8 and 17 – 9 for a chastening 60 – 31 win. Police is now sat behind Cats in the league log on four points and with a game to play.

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