The SPAR Proteas launched their African Netball Championships campaign with a winning start in their match against Namibia, winning their first encounter against their sub-Saharan African neighbours 75-34 in Blantyre, Malawi, on Tuesday.
Feeling upbeat and confident going into today’s game, the SPAR Proteas used the match as a platform to test out combinations and pairings for the final, where they are likely to take on Malawi.
Despite a bit of a slow start, the South African side had doubled their opponent’s points by the end of the first quarter, and carried the lead through to the end, where they defeated the Namibian team.
“We are playing some beautiful netball,” said head coach Elize Kotze after the game. “The girls are adapting well and are strong minded. Colleen Ferreira was a stronghold in the tie, and it is a blessing to have Erin Burger back in the squad, who makes a huge difference on attack.”
Looking forward to tomorrow’s game where South Africa will take on Swaziland, Kotze is optimistic. “We will be analysing Swaziland this afternoon.
“It is difficult playing African countries, because we have nothing on the teams, but we know that they play direct netball. We are not expecting them to be stronger than Namibia.”
South Africa Pool 2 Tests at the 2013 African Netball Championships, in Blantyre, Malawi: 25 June: South Africa 75-34 Namibia Wednesday, 26 June: South Africa vs Swaziland Thursday, 27 June: South Africa vs Uganda 2013 African Netball Championships: Pool 1: Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana Pool 2: South Africa Namibia Swaziland Uganda The SPAR National Netball team for the African Championships in Malawi: Tsakane Mbewe Maryka Holtzhausen (captain) Yolandi Saalmans Bongiwe Msomi (vice-captain) Erin Burger Nokuthula Qegu Precious Mthebu Karla Mostert Adele Niemand Colleen Ferreira Vanes-Mari du Toit
(With editing by gsport)