Valiant Spar Proteas Unable To Dim Diamonds’ Shine

The Spar Proteas lost 77-50 in the third and final clash against Australia in Hobart. Despite the loss, lots of valuable experience has been gained as South Africa prepare for England series in December. Photo: Supplied

World Champions Australia came into the third and final Test match leading the series 2-0 looking for a white-wash, while South Africa were working for a consolation win in this final tie at the MyState Bank Arena in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on Tuesday, 31 October, 2023.

Norma Plummer started the match with the same team as the last one with Australia making six changes. The combination of Ine Mari Venter and Kamogelo Maseko seems to have been working for them and they averaged 100% between the two of them. 

It was the Diamonds defensive prowess that worked for them as they took the quarter 22 -11. Norma Plummer made a change after 12 minutes with Jeante Strydom making way for Nicola Smith. Karla Pretorius took the Wing Defence position while Smith was slotted at Goal Defence.

South Africa came back into the third quarter after some tough talking from their coach and she expected better performance from them. With Australia playing their last test match of 2023, they made sure that they did it in great style. They seemed to be having fun in the middle of the court and playing their netball. They took the quarter 20 -11.

More changes by the Proteas came in during the third quarter, Refiloe Nketsa came in to replace Khanyisa Chawane and Phumza Maweni was replaced by Jamie van Wyk who is celebrating her birthday today. The Diamonds peeled off and showed off their experience, they continued to dominate the quarter and match. At the end of the quarter, it was the champions who led the match 57 -36.

Proteas came into the last quarter a different and better team, they seemed determined and wanted to turn the game around however it wasn’t to be as Diamonds were equal to the task, stood their ground and clinched the match 77 – 50.

“We were very patchy in some part of the game, and I think it was the tired legs that we had. We did the best that we could. Secondly, it was important for us to give the young ones a good run, series is over, and we are already preparing for England. I am pleased with Nicola Smith’s performance tonight. I think she has stepped up very well,” said Proteas Head Coach Norma Plummer.

South Africa will be making their way back to the country to prepare for the England series scheduled for December 2023.

2023 Spar Proteas Tour of Australia

Wed 25 October: Australia 62 – 43 South Africa 
Sun 29 October: Australia 67 – 52 South Africa
Tue 31 October: Australia 77-50 South Africa

Third Test Score Breakdown

Q1 – Australia 22 – 11 South Africa
Q2 – Australia 42 – 22 South Africa
Q3 – Australia 57 – 36 South Africa
Q4 – Australia 77 – 50 South Africa

Spar Proteas Starting VII 

Ine Mari Venter – GS
Kamogelo Maseko – GA
Bongiwe Msomi – C
Khanyisa Chawane – WA
Karla Pretorius – GD
Jeante Strydom – WD
Phumza Maweni – GK


Photo Caption: The Spar Proteas lost 77-50 in the third and final clash against Australia in Hobart.  Despite the loss, lots of valuable experience has been gained as South Africa prepare for England series in December. Photo: Supplied

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