Western Cape proved they are one of the teams to beat at the SPAR National Netball Championships at the Hoy Park Sports Centre in Durban on Tuesday.
They thumped Northern Cape 79-28 after defeating Eastern Cape 52-27 in their earlier match on the second day of the tournament.
Coach Annali Lucas said they would be satisfied with nothing less than a place in the top three.
“We’re taking it day by day and match by match, but if they keep on playing like they have been, I am confident we can achieve our goals,” said Lucas.
The match of the day was undoubtedly the encounter between two top contenders, Free State and Gauteng 1.
Free State won 49-47 in a ding-dong battle between two strong teams.
Gauteng started well and were 16-13 ahead at the end of the first quarter. However, Free State came back strongly in the second quarter to lead 26-21 at halftime.
Gauteng won the third and fourth quarters 14-12 and 12-11, but the damage had been done and they were unable to make up the deficit.
They shrugged off the loss to defeat Limpopo 83-28 in their second match of the day. Limpopo also lost to Northern Cape, who beat them 48-37.
Defending champions North West remained on track for the final by beating KZN 1 50-34 and KZN 2 69-15.
KZN 2 also went down to Mpumalanga, who beat them 39-21. In their later match, Mpumalanga were beaten 41-15 by Eastern Cape.
KZN 1 came back from their earlier defeat to beat Gauteng 2 60-30.