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Proteas lose again

2012-11-01 16:33
Amanda Mynhardt (File)
Hamilton, New Zealand - The South African women's netball team failed to secure a win in all six matches of the Quad series after going down 56-30 to England in their final match of the series on Thursday.

The team had hoped for a win in this encounter after losing to the English team by only nine goals in their previous match.

"We can only learn from this," said Vice-Captain Zanele Mdodana after the game.

"Of course we are disappointed, but we did have some good moments today; there just weren't enough of them."

The Proteas faced the top three teams in the world -- Australia, New Zealand and England -- on their tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Mdodana believed playing top sides would help them better their performance as a team.

"Playing more matches at this level will help us to improve," said Mdodana.

The first quarter did not start well for the Proteas.

Five minutes into the game, England had scored five goals to South Africa's one, and this pattern continued throughout ending the first quarter with a final score of 17-5.

The Proteas played a slightly improved game in the second quarter as they showed some of the skills that they had displayed in their previous matches.

Captain Amanda Mynhardt was on top form, and was responsible for a number of intercepts against the English attack.

Maryka Holtzhausen stepped up to the plate and started to take on more work, making herself available for more opportunities to assist the heavily marked Chrisna Bootha.

Though a better quarter for the Proteas, England maintained their lead with a half-time score of 26-15.

The Proteas kept on fighting and narrowed the gap towards the end of the third quarter, ending 14 goals behind at 23-37.

The last quarter resembled the first quarter, as England started well and went on to finish with a final score of 56-30.

The Proteas will stay on in New Zealand for the Fast 5 tournament starting on November 9.

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