On Thursday, 18 July, 2019, the SPAR Proteas suffered their first loss at the Vitality Netball World Cup in Liverpool, against England, with a losing score of: 47-58.
It was a bitter pill to swallow for the Norma Plummer-led side, who had been on an incredible run of form since the beginning of the world showpiece, however, the pressure from the onset, where their English opponents kept it tight and took an early lead, had the South Africans on the backfoot.
By half-time, the Proteas were lagging, with a losing score of: 20-31. The team showed a stronger defence in the latter stages of the first half but failed to hit back on the score board.
Changes Going into The Third Quarter at Wing Attack
Izette Griesel was taken off going into the third quarter, as coach Plummer opted to throw Khanyisa Chawane into the fray. The team then managed to find some ground and settled well at the start of Q3, going goal for goal and pulling England’s lead back to nine, score: 27-36.
However, In the End, SA Could Not Settle Matters on The Scoresheet
After pushing hard in the final minutes of the match, it was not meant to be as the score remained in favour of the Vitality Roses, who finished top of Group G, and march on to face New Zealand in the semi-final’s round on Saturday, 20 July.
Result of South Africa’s in their Preliminaries Stage Two, Group G Match against England on Thursday, 18 July, 2019:
Full Time: South Africa 47-58 England
Q1 South Africa 11-19 England
Q2 South Africa 20-31 England
Q3 South Africa 30-43 England
Q4 South Africa 47-58 England
Upcoming SPAR Proteas 2019 Netball World Cup Semi-Final fixture:
12h00, Sat 20 July: South Africa vs Australia (Live on SuperSport, SS10)
Sigrid Burger 11/12 (92%)
Lenize Potgieter 17/21 (81%)
Maryka Holtzhausen 19/27 (70%)
Helen Housby 24/26 (92%)
Joanne Harten 30/33 (91%)
Rachel Dunn 4/5 (80%)
South Africa starting line-up:
GS – Lenise Potgieter
GA – Maryka Holtzhausen
WA – Izette Griesel
C – Bongi Msomi
WD – Shadine vd Merwe
GD – Karla Pretorius
GK – Phumza Maweni
Photo 1 Caption: Izette Griesel of the SPAR Proteas and Serena Guthrie of England in action during the Vitality Netball World Cup match between South Africa and England at M&S Bank Arena on July 18, 2019, in Liverpool, England. Photo: Reg Caldecott
Photo 2 Caption: SPAR Proteas Captain, Bongi Msomi seen in the heat of the moment during the Vitality Netball World Cup match between South Africa and England at M&S Bank Arena on July 18, 2019, in Liverpool, England. Photo: Reg Caldecott
Photo 3 Caption: Proteas GA – Maryka Holtzhausen and Eboni Usoro-Brown of England, going toe-to-toe at M&S Bank Arena on July 18, 2019 in Liverpool, England. Photo: Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images