The SPAR Proteas ended their Vitality Netball World Cup with a defeat to hosts, England, in the third/fourth-place play-off on Sunday, 21 July, 2019, at the M & S Bank Arena, in Liverpool.
Going into the match, the two sides were no strangers, as they had met in the Preliminaries Stage Two, Group G, round. The hosts had the upper hand, winning the match with a score of: 58-47, and this time the Proteas were looking for revenge.
In the first quarter, Lenize Potgieter got the action going for the South Africans, opening the scoring and Maryka Holtzhausen going onto to double their efforts. However, the lead did not last long when their opponents, struck back twice to level the score. There was some great defending by the Proteas, and both sides were going goal-for-goal, showing off some accelerating pace on the court.
With six minutes left on the clock in the opening quarter, the English side took the lead for the first time in the match, with the scoreboard sitting at: 8-7, in favour of the hosts. As pressure started to mount, the ladies from Mzansi, fumbled with an unfortunate pass that resulted in a three-goal lead. By the end of the quarter, England led with a score of: 14-12.
The Second Quarter Saw No Changes Being Made to Either Squad
As the second quarter commenced, both head coaches stuck to their original starting line-ups, and the action heated up on the court. Despite the determination and fighting spirit that was being shown out by Norma Plummer’s side, the English players pounced on every opportunity and won the second quarter, with a winning score of: 29-22.
Going into the third quarter, Shadine van der Merwe came on for Khanyisa Chawane at Wing Defence, but the pressure did not lessen for the Proteas, as their opponents continued to run in their stride, winning the second to last quarter with a winning score of: 46-32
It was all systems go in the last quarter of the match as all eyes were on the South Africans to see if they would be able to pull off a victory in the last fifteen minutes. Unfortunately, England continued to build on their lead, leaving the court at the end of the match with a winning score of 58 – 42.
Result of South Africa’s Bronze Medal Match against England on Sunday, 21 July, 2019:
Full Time: England 58 – 42 South Africa
Q1 England 14 v South Africa 12
Q2 England 29 v South Africa 22
Q3 England 46 v South Africa 32
Q4 England 58 v South Africa 42
Sigi Burger 2/2 (100%)
Lenize Potgieter 28/32 (88%)
Maryka Holtzhausen 12/20 (60%)
Helen Housby 29/29 (100%)
Joanne Harten 29/34 (85%)
Rachel Dunn 0/1 (0%)
South Africa Starting Line-Up:
GS – Lenize Potgieter
GA – Maryka Holtzhausen
WA – Bongi Msomi
C – Erin Burger
WD – Khanyisa Chawane
GD – Karla Pretorius
GK – Phumza Maweni
Photo 1 Caption: South Africa have lost 58 – 42 to England to claim fourth place in the bronze medal match of the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool, and exit the court with heads held high in what has to be regarded as the best world cup finish by a national team in 2019, at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England, on Sunday, 21 July, 2019. Photo: Reg Caldecott
Photo 2 Caption: The SPAR Proteas acknowledge the crowd after their loss against world no. 1-ranked Australia, in the semi-finals of the Netball World Cup played at the M&S Bank Arena, in Liverpool, England, on Saturday, 20 July, 2019. Photo: Reg Caldecott