Nottingham - The opening match of the Netball Nations Cup on Sunday saw South Africa take on Jamaica, which saw the Proteas lose 59-54.
Both teams are
ranked 4th and 5th respectively on the International
Netball Federation (INF) world rankings.
Coach Dorette Badenhorst went with a
formidable starting seven and you could see that her plan was to go broke and
win her opening match against the Sunshine Girls. It was Jamaica that drew first
blood and scored two points in as many minutes. South Africa seemed to be
patient in their build up and scored three points within the first four minutes
to level the score.
The Sunshine Girls were intentional and
dominated the quarter however it was the Proteas that pushed them reduced
the lead by five points and ended the quarter 12-17.
At the start of the second quarter,
Dorette Badenhorst subbed Izette Griesel at Centre for Rome Dreyer who was
facing Jamaica for the first time in Proteas colours. The Proteas were
first off the mark and scored first however Jamaica wasn't sitting back and
took the game back to South Africa. The introduction of Dreyer in the centre of
the court was making a difference for the team.
Phumza Maweni had to be substituted due
to injury and was replaced by Zanele Vimbela who just signed for Strathclyde
Sirens. Phumza made her way back onto the field as soon as she possibly could
and took her place at the back. It is the defence of Jamaica that seemed to be
standing solid and making it rather difficult for the attacking duo of
Potgieter and Venter.
Lefebre Rademan made her debut against
Jamaica at the 35th minutes and replaced Ine Marie Venter, this sub
saw Potgieter move to Goal Shooter and Rademan taking the goal shooter
position. Again, the Jamaican defence came to the fore as they intercepted a
lot of South Africa's attack and making sure that they convert on the other
end. Sunshine Girls extended and maintained a 10 point lead for most of the
Jamaica continued where they left off at
the end of the third quarter and scored as soon as the whistle went off. The
introduction of Rademan to the game seems to have yielded positive results.
Over time, she has proven to be a clever player who reads the game very well.
South Africa kept pushing and took the game to Jamaica and reduced the Sunshine
Girls lead to just five points.
It was Jamaica that won the match 59-54
against South Africa. This is their 13th win against the Proteas in 16 encounters. Play of the match for the game is Nicole Dixon from
Jamaica. South Africa will look to shrug this loss off and get ready to face
England on Wednesday 22 January 2020.
"I think we need to trust ourselves more
especially on the third quarter. We could have done better tonight however we
take lessons from here. We have a lot to work through during the week at
training and I am certain we will bounce back. It is not too late, who knows,
we may just be playing in the finals come Sunday," said Proteas Head Coach
Q1 SA 12 - JAMAICA 17
Q2 SA 28 - JAMAICA 33
Q3 SA 37 - JAMAICA 49
Q4 SA 54 - JAMAICA 59
South Africa starting seven:
Ine-Marie Venter (GS); Lenize Potgieter
(GA); Bongiwe Msomi (WA); Izette Griesel (C); Shadine vd Merwe (WD); Karla
Pretorius (GD); Phumza Maweni (GK)
- Netball South Africa