By Maties Sport Media and Communication Unit
The disappointment of last year’s final loss looked a thing of the past, as Maties began their 2022 Varsity Netball campaign in dominant fashion.
The Maroon Machine defeated the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) 86-21 at the University of Pretoria’s Rembrandt Hall, racking up one of the biggest margins of victory in the competition’s history in the process.
Maties’ captain Sian Moore was awarded the player of the match award, with the shooter making the most of her chances in the goal circle.
“It was the first time for five of our players taking to the court in Varsity Netball, so it was absolutely great for the depth of our team. It was inspiring, they did what they were supposed to do, they stepped up and I’m really proud,” said Moore.
As it happened
Maties got off to a strong start, taking a 16-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, while TUT stayed within touching distance.
However, the USSA champions turned up the heat in the second quarter as they surged 39-15 ahead, with Protea goalkeeper Nicola Smith not giving TUT’s shooters much space.
Maties picked up where they left off after the halftime break, adding a mammoth 26 goals to their tally in the third quarter to take the score to 65-20 heading into the final 15 minutes of the match.
While the goals kept flowing for the Maroon Machine, their defence was rock solid to match – as they conceded just one goal in the final quarter to round off a resounding 86-21 victory.
First quarter: Maties 16-8 TUT
Second quarter: Maties 39-15 TUT
Third quarter: Maties 65-20 TUT
Final score: Maties 86-21 TUT
Maties 95%, TUT 61%
Maties 20, TUT 3
Maties 56, TUT 43