Erin Burger, who retired from international netball has left a huge legacy behind.
Burger (32) made her international debut at the tender age of 19 in January 2007 and in January 2018, also in England, became the first Protea to notch up 100 test appearances. Her 125 tests are the most ever by a South African.
Other milestones and accolades in her career include:
– The first and only Protea to appear at four World Cup tournaments.
– As far as it could be determined and according to former Protea coach, Norma Plummer, Burger was the first player in international netball to play with a face mask in a test match (against Wales in Durban, 2016) after fracturing her cheekbone in practice.
– The first South African to be named as the Player of the Tournament at a World Cup (in 2011).
– 2016 National Champs Centre Court Player of the Tournament
– 2016 Centre Court Player of the Series vs Wales
– 2011 National Champs Player of the Tournament
– 2010 Africa Games Player of the Tournament
– 2010 National Champs Player of the Tournament
– 2008 National Champs Centre Court Player of the Tournament
– 2008 National League Centre Court Player of the Series
Apart from the Proteas, Burger also represented several other national teams: South Africa A (2009), SA Fast5 (2010-2011), SA u20 (2006) and SA u18 (2005).
Other teams she played for was the Queensland Firebirds (2017 + 2019), Smileys (2019), Jaguars (2015 + 2018), Western Cape (2017), Southern Stings (2016), Golden Fireballs (2014), Gauteng North (2006-2014), Galaxy Blues (2011), Thunderbirds (2007-2010) and Tuks (2006-2012).
Photo 1 Caption: South African international, Erin Burger, pictured in action where she has featured in 125 tests for the SPAR Proteas. Photo: Reg Caldecott
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