Cape Town - Proteas
netball coach Norma Plummer has once again pleaded for the introduction of a
topline professional league to enable the Proteas to compete against the top
ahead of a tough weekend for the Proteas, who will be taking on two of the
world’s top netball teams when they play England and New Zealand in the SANZEA
Quad Series in Liverpool.
are the reigning Commonwealth Games Champions and New Zealand are the World Cup
weekend, the Proteas played against the Australian Diamonds and got off to a
brilliant start, leading the Diamonds by five goals at the end of the first
quarter and forcing coach Liza Alexander to make a number of changes.
However, the experience of the world champions helped the Diamonds to
come back and to beat the Proteas 62-45.
think we played reasonably well against Australia, particularly in the first
half, where we took it right up to them,” said Plummer.
has to be understood is that Australia have a fulltime daily training
environment. South Africa don’t have this. I have just five days to
get them together, while the Australians have camp after camp with their team
also play in a fulltime professional national league. The players are
professional athletes who do not have to work. Australia are the world
champions and South Africa are ranked fifth.”
said the Proteas had reviewed the match against Australia and looked at where
they had not achieved the key performance indicators (KPIs).
be looking at ways to achieve those KPIs on Saturday and Sunday. Last
time we played England, we were within three goals of beating them,” said
and New Zealand are like Australia, with their competitions. They have 14
round, plus finals, while South Africa doesn’t have a national league to that
standard. It really has to come if they are to compete.”
South African players, including captain Bongiwe Msomi, goal defence Karla
Pretorius and goalshooter Lenize Potgieter, have gained invaluable experience
playing in the Australian, New Zealand and England leagues and efforts are
being made to get more South African players into those leagues.
Proteas play the England Roses on Saturday, after the match between perennial
rivals, the Diamonds and the New Zealand Silver Ferns. Last weekend, the Roses
beat the Ferns 54-41.
Sunday, the Proteas play the Silver Ferns after which the Roses take on the
Erin Burger, Sigrid Burger, Khanyisa Chawane, Rome Dreyer, Maryka Holtzhausen,
Phumza Maweni, Tshina Mdau, Bongiwe Msomi, (captain), Lenize Potgieter, Karla
Pretorius, Monique Reynecke, Renske Stoltz, Shadine van der Merwe, Ine-Marie
Venter, Zanele Vimbela