Improved Spar Proteas Fall Short vs Aussie Diamonds

by | Jan 16, 2022

An improved Spar Proteas side fell short as Aussie Diamonds claimed a 60-40 victory in the second Netball Quad Series at the Copper Box Arena in London on Sunday, 16 January 2022.

The last time these two sides met was at the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool,  where the Australian’s won the tightly contested semi-final match against South Africa with just 2 goals, ending on 55-53.

Roses Comfortably See Off Proteas in Netball Quad Series Opener

On the back of a defeat against England on Saturday, a much improved South African side kept the Diamonds on their toes, not allowing them to get away with the game. By the end of the second quarter, the Aussies were able to extend their lead by only 2 goals, which gave the Proteas an opportunity to fight back in the second half.

The Aussie’s came back strong in the second half, putting defensive pressure on the Proteas, and as a result were able to extend their lead in the championship quarter by 13 goals. Despite South Africa’s efforts, the Diamonds maintained their dominance for the rest of the match.

Dorette Badenhorst attributes the improvement of her side to keeping to their game plan, and playing with much more confidence and better communication.

“Today we played better, the players played for each other and trusted each other better than they did yesterday. We had a game plan and what I saw today was the team carrying it out. The players that were called up to play really stepped up and I am happy with our performance for today.” Badenhorst said after the match.

South Africa’s Spar Proteas will take on New Zealand’s Silver Ferns while Australia face the hosts England on Tuesday evening, 18 January 2022, before the playoffs and finals on Wednesday night.

 

Australia Starting Seven:
GS – Gretel Bueta
GA – Steph Wood (c)
WA – Paige Hadly
C – Kate Moloney
WD – Ash Brazill
GD – Maddy Turner
GK – Courtney Bruce

Substitutes:
Sunday Aryang
Sophie Garbin
Sarah Klau
Cara Koenen
Jamie-Lee Price

Head Coach: Stacey Marinkovich
Assist. Coach: Nicole Richardson

 

South Africa Starting Seven:
GS – Ine-Marí Venter
GA – Lefébre Rademan
WA – Ivette Griesel
C – Bongiwe Msomi (C)
WD – Monique Reyeke
GD – Zanele Vimbela
GK – Phumza Maweni

Substitutes:
Elmeré van Der Berg
Jessica du Plessis
Khanyisa Chawane
Tshina Mdau
Nicola Smith

Head Coach: Dorette Badenhorst
Asst. Coach: Dumisani Chauke
Team Manager: Nisha Rupnarain

 

Photo 1 Caption: An improved Spar Proteas side fell short as Aussie Diamonds claimed a 60-40 victory in the second Netball Quad Series at the Copper Box Arena in London on Sunday, 16 January 2022. Photo: Supplied

Share this article:

About the Author:

<a href="https://gsport.co.za/members/refiloe_sefume/" target="_self">Refiloe Sefume</a>

Refiloe Sefume

I am a final year accounting student at the University of Johannesburg. I have a passion for sport and would like to pursue a career in the Sports Industry.

Recent Posts

Recent Comments

Categories

Related Posts

Remy Kloos Summits Everest and Lhoste in 24 Hours!
Remy Kloos Summits Everest and Lhoste in 24 Hours!

Remy Kloos, a high-altitude mountaineer adds another historic moment for South Africa after summiting Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse within 24 hours and is well on her way to completing her seventh summit quest.
#GoGirls