Gumede stands tall in South African netball win
28 July 2002
South Africa overcome brave Barbados to run out 56-37 winners.
Gumede proved a cut above the opposition
South Africa had been matched by Barbados goal-for-goal in the early stages, but Barbados, who have got off to good starts in all their previous games, only managed to stay with South Africa for the first half, trailing by just four goals at half-time.
The third quarter proved decisive. South Africa extended their advantage to 12 goals with their defence proving impenetrable, seriously restricting the Barbados play.
Conversely, South Africa created space for themselves by using long and direct passes.
South African goal defender and captain, Mable Van Der Vyver said: “It was very tough at the beginning but we worked very hard, we put them under a lot of pressure and they couldn’t cope with that.”
“For the first time this week we could stick to our game plan, that was very important and I’m very satisfied.”
South Africa had a clear overall height advantage and - as has been the trend in this competition - 195cm goal shooter Sindisiwe Gumede proved hard to contain.
The ability of the energetic Gumede to hold her ground underneath the post and accept high lob passes has been a significant key to South Africa’s success.
Barbados have now lost each of their matches, conceding a total of 196 goals.
Goal keeper Alicia Senekal was a top contributor for South Africa while for Barbados, centre Don Small was a creative force throughout in the midcourt.
Sherry Martindale, the Barbados captain said “I’m not happy with the result because I think we could have done a whole lot better and our second half wasn’t as good as it could have been.”
“It felt really good going out there. In pool B we are definitely the underdogs to go through so we are just playing as hard as we possibly can.”
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