Remaining unbeaten after seven matches in the tournament, the Dr Kenneth Kaunda district team from North West soared to the top of the A-division log at the Spar National Netball Championships in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.
After three days of competition, they held 14 points, taking a two-point lead over title favourites Tshwane.
The Tshwane outfit were handed their first defeat after being stunned by Mangaung, who earned a 47-35 victory to keep themselves in the hunt for the medal playoffs on Saturday.
“I’m glad the players stuck to the game plan for 60 minutes, supporting one another and pulling this one through,” said Mangaung coach Berta de Kock.
“It’s a glory moment for the team, who picked themselves up after they lost a game yesterday, and they were much more consistent on the court. That’s what we wanted today.”
Though Tshwane were just two points off the pace, they had a few teams with games in hand nipping at their heels, as five squads looked to be putting themselves in positions to challenge for a spot in the final.
Cape Winelands, who remained unbeaten alongside the Dr KK side, Mangaung and Cape Town had 10 points each, with all three sides holding at least one match in hand over the top two teams.