Sunday, January 29, 2023

Vixen Radipotsane leads Cats to a rout over Crystals

Tebogo Radipotsane may not be as agile as she once was, but the legendary goal shooter is still as lethal as ever.

On Saturday, the 35-year-old showed she still has what it takes as she led BDF Cats to a 55 – 10 routing of UB Crystals during the ongoing Lucara Netball league.

Playing alongside national team goal attacker Hildah Binang, the duo showed no mercy as they bullied the youthful and inexperienced Crystal’s defenders.

Though not as quick as before, Radipotsane rarely missed the net as Cats stormed to a good start, winning the first and second quarters 18 – 4 and 16 – 0 respectively to go to break with a nearly unassailable 34 – 4 lead.

With the work all but done, it came as no surprise that Radipotsane stayed on the bench when the two teams returned from recess.

There was however to be no reprieve as Cats continued where they left off, winning the 3rd and 4th quarter 9 – 2 and 12 – 4 respectively to pocket 2 points with a 55 – 10 aggregate score.

Cats have now registered two wins in two outings, sending a strong signal to opponents that the felines are on the prowl and are serious contenders for the netball league title.

In another game, an impressively assembled Botswana Police Netball team routed Notwane 61 – 41 to underline their credentials as the title favourites alongside BDF Cats.

Boasting in their ranks the likes of Cheludo David, Fatimah Dino, Kgomotso Matibini, Letang Mogotlhwane, Pearl Maribe and Barati Phesodi, who made their names in the 2017 Dinaletsana team, the Jungle Queens were always going to be the favourites and they proved as much.

After a tightly contested first quarter which they won 15 – 12, the Jungle Queens bared their claws in the second quarter to record an 18 – 9 win in the second quarter, thus taking a healthy 33 – 21 win to recess.

While the third quarter was a close affair which they won 11 – 8, the Jungle Queens once again roared in the last quarter, winning it 17 – 12 for a 61 – 41 aggregate win.

In another game, after losing to Cats in their first outing a fortnight ago, Vipers got their title chase back on track with a closely fought 47 – 44 win over a determined Prisons Ladies netball club.

Bidding to show their credentials, Vipers got off to a strong start as they won the first and second quarter 19 – 11 and 12 – 11 respectively to go to recess leading 31 – 22.

From recess however, Vipers had to dig deep to keep Prisons at bay. While they lost the third and fourth quarter 6 – 9 and 10 – 13 respectively, Vipers held on for dear life and eventually triumphed 47 – 44.

In other results, Notwane beat Jwaneng 46 – 19, while Notwane men’s netball team bet their Prisons counterparts 36 – 26. In the northern zone, Tasc showed they are the team to beat with two convincing wins over the weekend. Tasc beat Nico United and Tafic 54 – 25 and 47 – 25 respectively.

Other results are as follows; Tafic 47 – 43 Thunderbolts, Nico United 62 – 11 Boteti River Giants, Thunderbolts 68 – 18 Boteti River Giants.

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