SA lose 2nd Test to Jamaica
Kingston - Despite a strong start, the Spar
Protea Netball team battled to keep their momentum and hold a fired up
Jamaican team in the second Test played on Sunday evening in Kingston,
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The Jamaican Sunshine Girls beat the Proteas 61-46 and,
in doing so, secured a series win over the visitors after they had won
Friday's opening Test 63-48.
The third and final Test will be played on Tuesday.
South Africa to be a top four team, we have to keep up the intensity,
be disciplined and work harder at securing goals after interception"
said the disappointed South African coach, Elize Kotze.
"I am not
sure if my girls are fit enough - I just can't pin point it right now
but to be so on the ball for two quarters and then fade away indicates
to me that we have a lot of work to do in all areas."
quarter was a close encounter and went neck and neck until the last few
seconds when Jamaica intercepted a pass which resulted in a goal to give
the home team a 13-12 lead.
Jamaican coach, Oberon Pitterson-Nattie said she was impressed with the strong start by South Africa.
"Jamaica started slow and South Africa were right on us," said Pitterson-Nattie.
"I told my girls to keep their composure and once they got going, no one was going to stop them."
into the second quarter, the Jamaican coach made two changes and the
new combination gave them the edge, increasing their lead to 28-24.
Kotze again opted to keep her same starting line-up while Jamaica made one further change after half time.
The third quarter was a fiery and physical encounter, plagued by pushes and falls.
strong and tall Jamaicans got the better of the smaller South Africans
and three missed goals by Chrisna Bootha allowed Jamaica to increase
Three brilliant interceptions by the home side added
to South Africa's woes and the hosts took a ten point overall lead
(43-34) going into the final quarter.
Jamaica dominated the last quarter with Nadine Bryan playing a key role in her wing attack position.
South Africa showed clear signs of fight and improvement, the Jamaicans
moved the ball to the circle far more swiftly than their opponents,
allowing for more opportunity.
Goal shooter Shanielle Fowler
proved once again to be a key role player for the Jamaican team, with an
impressive 99 percent average.
"Fowler is the match winner for sure" said Kotze.
are very lucky to have her in the side. She is a very intimidating
player; tall, big, strong and, despite her size, a brilliant athlete
which seriously contributes to the overall success of the team."
Despite the series being lost, Kotze said her team would go all out to salvage some pride in the final test on Tuesday.
are South Africans and we fight hard. We will work hard at putting on
our best ever performance on Tuesday and aim to win the final Test and
walk away with a win."