SPAR Proteas rue missed opportunities against World Champions
SPAR Proteas began their international series post the Netball World Cup this morning with a match against current World Champs Australia. The last time these two met was earlier in the year (2023) during the Quad Series in Cape Town.
It was South Africa that converted their two chances as quickly as possible to gain the lead and confidence that was much needed for this game– however Diamonds were not sitting back, as they fought their way back into the match clinching the quarter 17 – 9. A few defensive errors by South Africa cost them the quarter. Ine Mari Venter was on song in that shooting circle, converting six of the seven chances created.
Coach Plummer made two changes coming into the second quarter with Nicola Smith making way for Karla Pretorius at Goal keeper and Jeante Strydom stepping in at Wing Defence. Msomi and Chawane swapped positions between Centre and Wing Attack.
Diamonds started the second quarter the same way they ended first quarter, however the changes by SPAR Proteas seemed to have started yielding results with Maweni and Pretorius connecting very well at the back. Australia continued to pile up goals and taking the quarter 14 – 12. At the end of the quarter, Diamonds enjoyed a 10-point lead, half time score 31 -21 to Australia.
Lefebre Rademan took to court at the start of the third quarter replacing Nichole Taljaard. The World Champs were not holding back and continued to apply pressure on the SPAR Proteas to extend their lead. Towards the end of the third quarter, Coach Plummer introduced Rolene Streutker for her maiden cap in place of Ine Mari Venter. She immediately gelled in with the rest of the team and settled in very well, securing a 92% conversion rate.
“I think we did very well, considering that we did not have any games since World Cup. The players stepped up and did exceptionally well. I am not disappointed at all; I am impressed with how everyone stepped up and raised their hands. For the remaining two tests, we will keep building and coming strong. We have a bunch of great players who just need to be properly coached and exposed to what is out there,” said SPAR Proteas Head Coach Norma Plummer.
Q1 – Diamonds 17 – 9 SPAR Proteas
Q2 – Diamonds 14 – 12 SPAR Proteas
Q3 – Diamonds 15 – 11 SPAR Proteas
Q4 – Diamonds 16 – 11 SPAR Proteas
SPAR Proteas starting VII
Ine Mari Venter – GS
Nicole Taljaard – GA
Bongiwe Msomi – WA
Khanyisa Chawane – C
Karla Pretorius – WD
Nicola Smith – GD
Phumza Maweni – GK
29 October 2023 07:00 (CAT)
31 October 2023 10:30 (CAT)
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