Tightly Contested Match Sees Spar Proteas Miss Out on Bronze Medal

by | Jan 20, 2022

New Zealand’s Silver Ferns beat Spar Proteas in a closely contested 3rd/4th playoff match, claiming a 51-50 victory on the final day of the Netball Quad Series in London, on Wednesday, 19 January 2022.

After their loss to New Zealand on Tuesday, 18 January, South Africa were looking to grab the bronze medal position in their last attempt of winning their final game at the tournament.

In the first quarter, the Proteas played goal for goal with their opposition, until New Zealand went 1 goal up in the final seconds of the quarter.

At the start of the second half, the score was 25-28 in favour of New Zealand. The Spar Proteas stepped up a gear and took the game to their opponents. Ine-Marie Venter remained clinical with a 100% shooting rate and saw her side to a 1 goal lead at the end of the championship quarter.

With everything to play for in the final quarter, both sides played their hearts out, and New Zealand managed to fight back to claim small lead. However, the South were able to keep the lead only to one goal. The Silver Ferns slowed the game down in the dying seconds of the match to claim victory.

“Excellent game from both teams. I am immensely proud of the Spar Proteas, and I believe today we played better,” said Spar Proteas coachm Dorette Badenhorst.

“The team pushed New Zealand – we came here with a young team and tried new combinations. Our errors were minimised to five per quarter compared to the thirty we started with at the beginning of the tournament.”

Meanwhile, heartbreak for England as they missed out on the gold medal in the final against Australia, where Australia claimed their 6th Gold Medal after beating the Vitality Roses, 58-46 at the Copper Box Arena in London.

 

New Zealand Starting Seven:
GS – Maia Wilson
GA – Tiana Metuarau
WA – Gina Crampton (c)
C – Claire Kersten
WD – Karin Burger
GD – Kayla Johnson
GK – Kelly Jury

Substitutes:
Grace Nweke
Sulu Fitzpatrick
Phoenix Karaka
Shannon Saunders
Sam Winders

Head Coach: Noeline Taurua

 

South Africa Starting Seven:
GS – Ine-Marí Venter
GA – Lefébre Rademan
WA – Izette Griesel
C – Bongiwe Msomi (c)
WD – Monique Reyeke
GD – Nicola Smith
GK – Phumza Maweni

Substitutes:
Elmeré van der Berg
Jessica du Plessis
Khanyisa Chawane
Tshina Mdau
Simone Rabie

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

 

Photo 1 Caption: New Zealand’s Silver Ferns beat Spar Proteas in a closely contested 3rd/4th playoff match, claiming a 51-50 victory on the final day of the Netball Quad Series in London, on Wednesday, 19 January 2022. Netball SA (Twitter)

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