The South Women’s netball team might have missed out on a podium place at the FAST5 Netball World Series in Christchurch, New Zealand, but coach Martha Mosoahle-Samm is utterly proud of her team.
South Africa lost the bronze final 30-22 to England on Sunday, 12 November 2023.
The team managed two victories in this leg of the tournament, their first coming against Jamaica on day one of the competition and the second against Malawi a day later.
“I am very proud of the girls, I really think they did well. We came here with a very young team and at the end of the day it’s not the result that matters but rather the performance.”SA Fast5 Netball Coach Martha Mosoahle-Samm
Six nations battled it out for the gold medal in Christchurch and it was Australia who sealed back-to-back wins after they beat New Zealand in the final.
The Kiwis are still the most successful FAST5 side winning seven titles.
Mosoahle-Samm’s team were silver medalists at last year’s tournament and they were hoping to follow up with another strong finish in 2023 but it wasn’t mean to be.
She says her young team has really made her proud in the competition. “Performance-wise, I am very, very proud of the girls. We will take the fourth position.”
The South African mentor says her team have already pinpointed the areas of their game they will work on after the tournament.
“We will work on the speed of the game as well as taking some fast shots, under pressure. This year was a bit hard because of the pressure so we will definitely work on the speed and ensuring we take fast shots”
Meanwhile, goal keeper Jeanie Steyn says the tournament might not have gone their way but it was one to remember thanks to the hospitable hosts.
“My friend just said that this is one of the best tournaments we have ever played in. People just cheering you on, where or not you are the team they came to watch. It’s been amazing and a shoutout to New Zealand, they have really made us feel welcome, so thank you.”
Photo caption: The South Women’s netball team might have missed out on a podium place at the FAST5 Netball World Series in Christchurch, New Zealand but coach Martha Mosoahle-Samm is utterly proud of her team. Photo: Netball SA on X