SPAR Proteas Finish Fourth at Vitality Netball Nations Cup

The SPAR Proteas team suffered a narrow 65-63 defeat against England in the third/fourth place playoff in the Vitality Netball Nations Cup on Sunday, 26 January 2020.

The South Africans went into the match having come off from three defeats against Jamaica, England and New Zealand and looked to redeem themselves in the last match of the international competition.

The game got off to a firing start as England were the first to get onto the scoreboard, however not long after, South Africa’s Lenize Potgieter levelled the score.

The battle continued on the court as the first quarter fell in favour of the home side, 18-15.

Going into the second quarter, head coach Dorette Badenhorst brought in Zanele Vimbela at Wing Defence and Rome Dreyer at Centre, moving Khanyisa Chawane to Wing Attack.

The Vitality Roses capitalised on the loose balls and took an eight-goal lead with 10 minutes left to play before the half-time break.

The Proteas showed intentions to fight back to close the gap on the scoreboard, however still trailed 36-29 at half-time.

In the third quarter, with Chawane back in Centre position, the team started to play faster and moved the English defence around and Potgieter showing her quality up front scoring quick goals with a great fightback to close the gap to a one goal difference.

With all to play for in the last quarter for the South African’s to claim a third spot finish, the team put their bodies on the line. The intensity of the match was high as both went goal-for-goal.

In the end, England claimed third spot with a 65-63 victory.

 

Score Breakdown:
Q1: England 18 South Africa 15
Q2: England 36 South Africa 29
Q3: England 49 South Africa 48
Q4: England 65 South Africa 63

 

South Africa Starting Seven vs England:
GS: Lenize Potgieter
GA: Lefebre Rademan
C: Khanyisa Chawane
WA: Izette Griesel
GD: Karla Pretorius
WD: Shadine van der Merwe
GK: Phumza Maweni

 

 

Photo 1 Caption: SPAR Proteas’ Goal Shooter, Lenize Potgieter, pictured in action against England at the 2020 Vitality Netball Nations Cup. Photo: @Netball_SA (Twitter)

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