Defeat to Fireballs come as a wake up call - Martha Mosoahle-Samm

Defeat to Fireballs come as a wake up call - Martha Mosoahle-Samm

Free State Crinums coach Martha Mosoahle-Samm believes their defeat against the Golden Fireballs is a wake up call ahead of the playoffs.

The Crinums lost 49-47 to the Gauteng side at Ellis Park Arena on Thursday afternoon, suffering their first defeat in six matches as they dropped to second place on the log – behind defending champions the Gauteng Jaguars. 

Samm says, losing points against Dr Elsje Jordaan’s side was a reminder that it will take dedication to win this tournament.

"The defeat comes as  good wake-up call before the play-offs, so I feel like it was needed to also remind us that it's going to take more than just playing a match to win this tournament," said Samm.

Only two rounds of fixtures remain ahead of the TNL play-offs, and Samm says they will make every effort to collect maximum points in both matches to see them back to the summit.  

"We're focusing on the next two matches, and if we take [wins from] both of them, we will be back to our number-one spot," she added.

"I think the most important thing about the log is [where you stand] towards the end, because we're not playing the same amount of games at the same time, so the log will change every now and then.

"But we stay focussed and we take pride in the fact that this was our first defeat [in the competition], and it's definitely the last one."

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