Vanes-Mari du Toit shares her journey from school girl athlete to the SPAR National Netball team. This proud South African is living her dream and making her mark.
Vanes-Mari du Toit
Being invited to take on world-leading netball teams Australia, New Zealand and England in October’s Quad Series, in Australia and New Zealand, is proof that Netball SA is making progress in establishing itself as a top contender for world stakes, according to national coach Elize Kotze
The Malawi Queens beat the SA SPAR Proteas 47-42 at a sold-out Heartfelt Arena on Friday night, in a tantalising preview of the international talent getting ready to shoot for gold at the inaugural Diamond Challenge netball international, at Thaba Tshwane in Pretoria at 1:25pm this afternoon, broadcast live on Supersport 7
The SPAR Proteas upset the form book to recover from a bruising loss on Friday evening to trump African netball giants, the Malawi Queens, in the inaugural Diamond Challenge final at the Heartfelt Arena on Saturday afternoon
Turnovers were the saving of the SPAR Proteas in a tougher-than-expected physical encounter with Zambia on Thursday evening, with the hosts unable to exert convincing control over the match despite winning by a hard-won 47-34 margin, to qualify for Saturday’s Diamond League final.
Coach Kotze happy with win but looks to improve focus and strategy after the SPAR Protea’s 55-26 win over Botswana on Wednesday evening, in their opening Diamond Challenge fixture at the Heartfelt Arena in Thaba Tshwane in Pretoria
Netball SA Director of Selectors, Christine du Preez, views Malawi as the SPAR Proteas’ sternest challenge in the upcoming Diamond League also featuring Botswana and Zambia, as the hosts looks to regain the world no. 5-ranked spot in the world
Gauteng North will be seeking their third consecutive SPAR National Netball championship title as the tournament featuring more than 80 teams kicks off a the University of Johannesburg this morning, but the playing field has been levelled with news that members of the SPAR Proteas national netball team will not form part of their regional teams.
The International University Sports Federation has since approved Zimbabwe’s late entry to the World University Netball Championships, in Cape Town at the Good Hope Centre from 2-7 July
Improvements evident but the Spar Protea netball team lose opening test in 3-test series against Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls on Friday night in Kingston.