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
‘Biggest Challenge’ Quad Series featuring @SPARProteasNetballTeam vs hosts New Zealand and Australia and also including England to be televised on pay-channel Supersport
World numbers 1, 2 and 3 on the cards as the Proteas prepare to depart for their toughest assignment of 2012, the Quad Series in Australia and New Zealand also featuring England
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
Subscribers to the national pay-channel are in for a treat, with the announcement that Supersport will broadcast the inaugural Diamond Challenge international four-nations tournament featuring hosts South Africa, Malawi, Botswana and Zambia live.
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