Underdogs North-West University have beaten home side Maties to win the 2015 Varsity Netball Championship
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in July firmly in focus as the SPAR Proteas Netball Team are put through their paces in camp at Potchefstroom ahead of their Quad Series tournament in Dubai in April
The SPAR Netball SA Proteas performed above expectations to win the FAST 5 World Netball Series 2012 bronze medal, beating Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls in Auckland, New Zealand, on Sunday.
The SPAR Proteas lived up to their dark horse tag as they advanced to the semi-finals of the Fast 5 World Netball Series. SA beat World Champs Australia 28-27 and traditional rivals Malawi 48-34 to secure their place in Sunday’s Semis.
The SPAR Proteas improved throughout the Quad Series but still finished without a win after hard losses to World number one, two and three – Australia, New Zealand and England.
The SPAR SA Netball Proteas lost their second test 24-63 to world no. 2 New Zealand in Tauranga on Sunday. After being sideswept by a rampant Silver Ferns team in the opening 10 minutes, the Proteas regrouped and played a positive match to hold their heads high
SPAR Proteas Coach Elize Kotze says that her team has analysed videos of their first match against the Australian Diamonds in the Quad Series, and believe that defence will be key in making progress against the world’s best.
The SPAR Proteas have shown a lot improvement in their first three matches in the Quad Series. In their final test on Australian soil, they went down 62-53 to world no. 3-ranked England in a closely contested match, after leading at half-time.
A fighting SPAR Proteas team have lost their third match in the Quad Series, to world number-three England, by a margin of 62-53. This is by far the SA team’s best performance in the series, after big losses to both Australia and New Zealand.
Former Protea player Irene Van Dyk proves too strong for South Africa’s Adele Niemand, in the SPAR Proteas first match of the Quad Series on Sunday. Photo: Courtesy Netball Australia