Much Improved South Africa Lose Second Test to Australian Diamonds

A much-improved South Africa have lost their second Test on the road by a 67-52 margin to the Netball World Champions, at the MyState Bank Arena in Hobart, Tasmania in Australia, on Sunday, 29 October. Photo: Supplied

A much-improved South Africa have lost their second Test on the road by a 67-52 margin to the Netball World Champions, at the MyState Bank Arena in Hobart, Tasmania in Australia, on Sunday, 29 October, 2023.

The Spar Proteas came into match day two against Australia with two changes from the team that started the game last time the two sides met, when Coach Norma Plummer started with Kamogelo Maseko at Goal Attack and Jeanté Strydom in Wing Defence.

After a great display of netball today, Kamogelo Maseko was named Player of the Match, and this was no surprise. She left everything on that court. 

“I am grateful for the opportunity to play and represent my country, it is a blessing that we get to do this, and winning player of the match is a cherry on top. I think I am one of the most creative players out there so I will always look at opportunities to do better every time I take to court.”

Player of the Match South Africa’s Goal Attack, Kamogelo Maseko 

South Africa wanted to make sure that they redeem themselves and dust off the defeat from the previous match. A shaky and nervous start by the Proteas allowed them to concede unforced errors and this worked well in the Aussies’ favour.

The attacking duo of Maseko and Venter seemed to have been working for South Africa as they ended the first quarter with a 100 percent shooting average. Proteas gained confidence as the first quarter progressed and took the game to Australia. At the end of the first quarter, it was world champs leading 18 – 13.

South Africa stepped into the second quarter high in confidence, the talk by the coach seems to have done the trick. They took the match to Australia and dominated the quarter and just lost it right at the end. Australia took the quarter 14 -12 and led the game 32 -25.

Coach Plummer was forced to make a change at half time, Phumza Maweni made way for Nicola Smith at Goal Keeper position. The Diamonds peeled off during the championship quarter and showed their class, they took the game back to South Africa and took the quarter 18 -15. Maseko who is playing only her fourth test match seems to be having fun on court and comfortably sitting on 16/16.

Two more changes by South Africa at the start of the last quarter saw Refiloe Nketsa assuming the Centre position and Rolene Streutker paired up with Masego upfront. Streutker settled in very quickly into the game and convert all her chances. At the end of the match, it was Australia that continued with their unbeaten run against South Africa, winning the match 67-52.

2023 Spar Proteas Tour of Australia

Wed 25 October: Australia 62 – 43 South Africa 
Sun 29 October: Australia 67 – 52 South Africa
Tue 31 October (11:30 CAT): Game 3: Australia vs South Africa (MyState Bank Arena, Hobart)

Score Breakdown

Q1 – Australia 18 – 13 South Africa
Q2 – Australia 32 – 25 South Africa
Q3 – Australia 50 – 38 South Africa
Q4 – Australia 67 – 52 South Africa

Proteas Starting VII

Ine Mari Venter – GS
Kamogelo Maseko – GA
Bongiwe Msomi – C
Khanyisa Chawane – WA
Karla Pretorius – GD
Jeante Strydom – WD
Phumza Maweni – GK

Spar Proteas Squad for the 3-Test Tour of Australia from 26-31 October, 2023

Khanyisa Chawane
Boitumelo Mahloko
Kamogelo Maseko
Phumza Maweni
Bongiwe Msomi (C)
Rolene Streutker
Refiloe Nketsa
Karla Pretorius
Lefébre Rademan
Jeanté Strydom
Nicola Smith
Jamie van Wyk
Elmeré van der Berg
Ine-Marí Venter
Nicholé Taljaard


Main Photo Caption: A much-improved South Africa have lost their second Test on the road by a 67-52 margin to the Netball World Champions, at the MyState Bank Arena in Hobart, Tasmania in Australia, on Sunday, 29 October. Photo: Supplied

Photo 2 Caption: Goal keeper Phumza Maweni looks on as Goal Defence Karla Pretorius gives thanks following an improved South African performance in Tasmania on Sunday morning.  Photo: Supplied

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