Thunder hit Alliance in Rainbow Paints SRNL

Alliance Capital Stars experienced the full force of a wounded Thunder Queens side at Blantyre Youth Centre  in the Rainbow Paints Southern Region Netball League , as  Thunder  rampaged Alliance 54-25 baskets  to tie points with Tigresses at Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC).

Tussling for the ball-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere
Spectators Enjoying the game- Photo by Jeromy Kadewere
Alliance Capital Stars players in total control- Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

Both teams have 42 points, but Tigresses are occupying second position because of a better baskets aggregate.

It was the fightback Alliance knew was coming but were powerless to stop.

Thunder Queens led by their fantastic captain Joana Kachilika  were brutal on defence, clinical through the midcourt and calm and composed in the shooting circle.

The result extended  Alliance  winless run against Thunder Queens.

Alliance, who roped in former Thunder Queens coach Mary Waya had high hopes of breaking their drought in front of  hundreds fans, who braced rains at BYC but could not contain Thunder Queens.

They  were unable to find the same spark they had in their previous game against Shizaela, as their attack end wilted under a ferocious defensive effort from Thunder , led by Kachilika and Martha Dambo.

At the other end, Yamikani  was once again the star of the show for Alliance , breaking her all-time highest tally for the second time this season. Incredibly, Yamikani’s  individual tally of 20  goals was higher than Thunder  collective score of 54.

Thunder Queens assistance coach Garvey   said the most disappointing aspect of her side’s performance was their failure to match  Thunder  increased physical intensity having highlighted it as an area in which they may be targeted.

“They really stepped up the pressure on us on the body and I don’t think we were able to cope with that at times,” he  said. “That takes a bit of a toll as you go through a game. I think we lost our connections on attack. You could see at times we either got on top of one another or got really isolated so there’s certainly some work to do in that area.”

In another encounter, Shizaella Queens beat Chilomoni Sisters 39-33.

Meanwhile, with the League scheduled to wrap-up on January 21, Kukoma Diamonds still lead with  48 points.

Tigresses come second and Thunder Queens lie third despite being tied on 42 points.

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