Match Day five saw defending champions, Spar Proteas thump Botswana 85-24 in the 2021 Africa Netball Cup in Windhoek, Namibia on Saturday, 13 November.
The South Africans went into the match extremely high in confidence after winning against Malawi on Friday and are yet to lose in the tournament.
Coach Dorette Badenhorst made a few changes to her team giving some of the players a bit of rest. Monique Reyneke and Simoné Rabie paired up at the back, while Phumza Maweni and Jamie van Wyk started on the bench.
Du Plessis and Elmeré van der Berg also played together upfront in place of Ine-Mari Venter and Lefébre Rademan.
These changes did not affect the team in any way as those that were called up did the business for the team in the first quarter. South Africa were the quickest of the two teams, leading by four points in the first three minutes of the game, ending the first quarter with an eighteen-point lead (23-5).
Spar Proteas Relentless
The second quarter was no different as the defensive pairing of Rabie and Reyneke held it together and restricted Botswana’s attack to only scoring three points in 15 minutes, however on the other end, the chemistry between du Plessis and van der Berg worked like a charm as they were able to convert their chances and took the team to a 44-8 lead.
In the third quarter, Badenhorst made some positional changes and brought in fresh pair of legs into the game. South Africa cemented their place and secured the lead and the win by finishing third quarter with a score line of 62-18.
In the last quarter, South Africa made tactical changes, further citing their intention to extend the lead.
“For our next game we have to focus on ourselves and game plan. We do not focus much on the opponents. As a team we have our own targets and KPI’s, it is particularly important that we stick to them and achieve them,” revealed assistant coach, Dumisani Chauke.
Quarter Score Breakdown:
Q1: SA 23 – 5 Botswana
Q2: SA 44 – 8 Botswana
Q3: SA 62 -18 Botswana
Q4: SA 85 – 24 Botswana
Spar Proteas Starting 7:
GS: Elmeré van der Berg
GA: Jessica du Plessis
WA: Khanyisa Chawane
C: Bongi Msomi (c)
WD: Refiloe Nketsa
GD: Monique Reyneke
GK: Simoné Rabie
Jamie van Wyk
Photo 1 Caption: Match Day five saw defending champions, Spar Proteas thump Botswana 85-24 in the 2021 Africa Netball Cup in Windhoek, Namibia on Saturday, 13 November. Photo: Netball SA (Twitter)
With editing by gsport