Proteas bounced back from their loss to Malawi on Friday with a crushing 69-21
victory over Singapore at the Netball World Cup in Olympic Park in Sydney on
The match was played
at the Netball Central Arena rather than the much bigger Allphones Arena, and
the players appeared to respond well to the more intimate setting.
Coach Norma Plummer
gave players who were not involved in the first match a run, with Rochelle
Lawson replacing Karla Mostert at goal defence, Elsje du Plessis replacing Maryke
Holtzhausen at goal attack, and Izette Lubbe coming in for Erin Burger at
“You can run your top
seven and run them into the ground, or you can use your bench in the early
stages and then you’ve got fresh legs when it really counts,” she said.
“As far as I’m
concerned, that’s the smart way to go.”
South Africa started
slowly, but gathered momentum as the match continued. By the end of the first
quarter, they were 15-8 ahead.
Lawson and goalkeeper Phumza Maweni did a
good job in defence, preventing Singapore from scoring, and making good use of
Du Plessis appeared nervous at first, and missed a number of
shots at goal, but she improved as the game wore on.
At half-time, South
Africa led 32-13 and it became clear that they had the match well under
Singapore scored just
six goals in the third quarter, and in the final quarter, when Plummer brought
on her first choice players, the Proteas closed Singapore down completely, and
they were only able to net two goals.
South Africa showed remarkable
consistency in scoring, with 18 goals each in the last three quarters.
with positional changes, putting Mostert into wing defence instead of her
normal goal defence, and then later playing Lawson at wing defence.
“I always think the
two positions are part of the same thing,” said Lawson.
“I was happy to play
there and let the coach see what I could do.”
Lawson, was one of
several players making her World Cup debut in the match, said she was thrilled
to have had some time on court.
“This is what you
dream about, playing in a World Cup,” she said.
“I’m so happy that I
got my chance.”
Plummer said she was
happy with the team’s performance.
“We worked on some
things this morning, and they put them into practice tonight,” she said.
The two coaches,
Plummer and Singapore’s Ruth Aitken, are old rivals - their last World Cup
encounter was the final of the 2011 championships in Singapore, with Plummer
coaching Australia and Aitken New Zealand. Australia beat New Zealand in the
South Africa’s final round robin match is on Monday when they take on