THE annual SPAR Netball national championship once again produced a high level of competitiveness having various teams competing for top laurels.
The championship was held from August 5 to 10 at the University of Johannesburg ( UJ) netball courts hosting the provincials’ u-21 and senior teams. The finals were played at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) sport halls on Saturday.
Tshwane enjoyed a fruitful week keeping a clean sheet when they beat Dr Kenneth Kaunda in both the u-21 and senior finals.
In the senior competition, defending champions Tshwane made it two in a row when they beat Dr Kenneth Kaunda 52-48.
It was a match in which neither side had the upper hand until the second period of extra time, when Tshwane outplayed the North West side.
Tshwane took the early lead and were four goals ahead before Dr Kenneth Kaunda caught up and then passed them in the second quarter. At the end of the first quarter, Tshwane were 14-11 ahead, but Dr Kenneth Kaunda won the second quarter 13-9 to lead 24-23 at half time. Tshwane won the third quarter 7-6, and Dr Kenneth Kaunda the fourth 10-9.
Dr Kenneth Kaunda appeared to be heading for victory until the final minutes of the last quarter when Tshwane once again closed in on them to draw level on 40-all, scoring the crucial equaliser in the last 30 seconds of regular play.
The lead changed hands constantly throughout the match and the teams were never more than five goals apart. Dr Kenneth Kaunda’s defensive team