Spar Proteas Look Forward to 3rd/4th Playoff

by | Jan 19, 2022

World Champions, New Zealand’s Silver Ferns recorded their first victory in the Netball Quad Series against South Africa’s Spar Proteas, winning 54-43 in London on Tuesday, 18 January 2022.

Both teams went into this game, looking for their first win of the series, having suffered defeats at the hands of England’s Vitality Roses and Aussie Diamonds on Day 1 and 2.

A slow start to the first quarter as both sides struggled to settle into the game. South Africa continued committing errors but Ine-Mari Venter assisted in closing the gap to keep South Africa in the game, only trailing by 6 goals at the end of the first quarter.

New Zealand went on to increase their lead to go into the half-time break leading 31-19.

The Silvers Ferns’ defensive wall throughout the full-court made it difficult for the Proteas to get the ball to their shooters, which forced them to play back a couple of times.

However, South Africa came back strong in the final quarter, having applied defensive pressure and capitalizing on a few turnovers. Despite having won the final quarter, the Spar Proteas were unable to chase down the lead.

Captain of the Spar Proteas, Bongi Msomi, said that her team played well and was pleased that they were able to win the final quarter of the match, however, believes that there’s still a lot of work to be done by her side.

In the final day of the Quad Series, South Africa will face the Silvers Ferns in the 3rd/4th position playoffs, while England battle it out for championship position in the finals, on Wednesday night, 19 January 2022.

 

New Zealand Starting Seven:

GS – Grace Nweke

GA – Maia Wilson

WA – Gina Crampton (c)

C – Shannon Saunders

WD – Karin Burger

GD – Phoenix Karaka

GK – Sulu Fitzpatrick

 

Substitutes:

Mila Reuelu-Bachanan

Tiana Metuarau

Kelly Jury

Sam Winders

Claire Kersten

Head Coach: Noeline Taurua

 

South Africa Starting Seven:

GS – Ine-Marí Venter

GA – Lefébre Rademan

WA – Ivette Griesel

C – Bongiwe Msomi (c)

WD – Monique Reyeke

GD – Zanele Vimbela

GK – Phumza Maweni

 

Substitutes:

Elmeré van Der Berg

Sigrid Burger

Khanyisa Chawane

Tshina Mdau

Nicola Smith

 

Head Coach: Dorette Badenhorst
Asst. Coach: Dumisani Chauke
Team Manager: Nisha Rupnarain

 

Photo 1 Caption: World Champions, New Zealand record their first victory in the Quad Series against the South Africa, winning 54-43, in London on 18 January 2022. Photo: Vitality Netball Superleague (Twitter)

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