The South Africa Women’s netball team finished fourth at the Christchurch Fast5 competition after losing to England, who won the bronze final in Christchurch, New Zealand on Sunday, 12th November 2023.
In the tournament final, Australia won back-to-back titles after they beat New Zealand in the final.
Having won the silver medal in the 2022 edition of the tournament South Africa would have wanted to win a podium place this time around. But it wasn’t meant to be as they went down 30-22 to England, who ended up in the third place finish for the bronze medal.
South Africa managed to keep the pressure on, as they were neck and neck at 6-all in the first quarter, but it was only in the third quarter that South Africa managed to get on top of their opponents. Match stats show that Zandre Smit shooting was only at 31%, which would have not helped matters.
“I mean we came in here with the aim of being in the finals however this wasn’t our year,” Jeanie Steyn told netballsa.co.za. “We set the standard last year and we wanted to make sure that we keep it.”
“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy because we also came with a very young team as well. This was good because we will build from here.”SA Fast5 Player, Jeanie Steyn
Earlier in the day South Africa got a 37-31 victory against fellow Southern African nation Malawi.
This match was one that brought the best out in both teams, as each team won two quarters. But it was Q4 where South Africa shone and won it 14-6. Smit’s shooting accuracy was also much better as she was at 71%.
In their first game of the day South Africa went down 41-33 to New Zealand.
Coach Martha Mosoahle-Samm, also speaking on netballsa.co.za commended her team for the way they performed at the tournament.
“I am very proud of the girls; I really think that we did well especially when you consider that we came with a very young team, and they showed up – they performed. The positives that I will take from this series is how well we performed, the growth of the game and how well we did as a team,” said Martha Mosoahle-Samm.
Australia were crowned champions of the tournament, their win sees them secure back-to-back titles as they beat home favourites New Zealand 35-23 to take the title.
The Kiwis will take the silver medal.
Main Photo caption: The South Africa Women’s netball team finished fourth at the Christchurch Fast5 competition after losing to England, who won the bronze final in Christchurch, New Zealand on Sunday, 12th November 2023. Photo: Netball SA on X