South Africans still basking in the euphoria of the Springboks’ stunning 32-12 victory over the England Roses in the final of the Rugby World Cup in Japan have another enticing sporting encounter to look forward to – the three-test SPAR Challenge Netball Series between the SPAR Proteas and the England Roses in Cape Town at the end of the month.
The SPAR Proteas won South African hearts with their outstanding performance in the Netball World Cup in Liverpool earlier this year. It was their most successful World Cup campaign since 1995, when they won the silver medal and their dazzling exploits on the court put netball on the map in South Africa. They reached the bronze medal play-off, only to lose to the hosts and Commonwealth Games champions, the Vitality Roses.
Both Nations Have New Coaching Staff to Put to the Test
Now netball enthusiasts will be able to see the SPAR Proteas in action at home, in the city that will host the 2023 Netball World Cup. The three Tests will be played at the Bellville Velodrome on Friday November 29, Saturday November 30 and Sunday December 1. It will be an interesting encounter with both teams having new coaches, who will be put to the test in the SPAR Challenge.
England are currently ranked third in the world and South Africa are ranked fifth. The Proteas and the Roses have met 58 times in total, with England winning 44 Tests and South Africa 14. In the last six matches between the two teams, England have won four and South Africa two, but the matches have all been close, hard-fought affairs.
The players with the most caps against the Roses are captain Bongi Msomi, recently retired Maryke Holtzhausen and Karla Pretorius, who was named Player of the Tournament at the World Cup in Liverpool.
19:00 – Friday, 29 November
15h00 – Saturday, 30 November
13h00 – Sunday, 1 December
Children/Learners: R50 per day / Combo price R100 all 3 days
Adults: R100 per day / Combo price R200 all 3 days
VIP: R350 per day
Photo 1 Caption: Bongi Msomi, captain of the SPAR Proteas and Serena Guthrie, captain of England shake hands during the Vitality Netball World Cup Bronze Medal match between England and South Africa at M&S Bank Arena on 21 July 2019 in Liverpool, England. Photo: Reg Caldecott
With editing by gsport