Article by: Pearl Modise
Three of Africa’s top netball nations will be fighting it out at the SPAR Challenge Tri-nations from Thursday, 25 March 2021 – Wednesday, 31 March 2021 seeking to boost their world rankings and gain crucial international experience to qualify for netball events such as the 2022 Common Wealth Games and the 2023 Netball World Cup.
The SPAR Proteas played the Namibian Debmarine Desert Jewels in the opening match on Thursday, 25 March 2021 at 10:00AM and played the Ugandan She-Cranes at 18:00PM
SOUTH AFRICA VS NAMIBIA
With a few of the players unavailable for selection due to playing league netball in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, rising stars are given the opportunity to showcase the depth of their talents as the SPAR Proteas started the SPAR Challenge Tri-nations with a 58-30 victory over Namibia at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Thursday morning. With a combination of experience and youth, with five new caps head coach Dorette Badenhorst expressed that the Proteas played well for a first game and she is pleased with the performance of the new caps.
Namibian coach Julene Meyer expressed frustration at the number of unforced errors from her team. “I think we are still in third gear. We need more exposure to the speed and intensity of a match against one of the world’s top teams” said Meyer.
Q1: South Africa 16 – 7 Namibia
HT: South Africa 32 – 15 Namibia
Q3: South Africa 47 – 22 Namibia
FT: South Africa 58 – 30 Namibia
MATCH SHOOTING STATS
South Africa: 58/70 (83%)
Namibia: 30/36 (83%)
SPAR Proteas goalkeeper Monique Reyneke was named the player of the match.
SOUTH AFRICA VS UGANDA
In their second SPAR Challenge Tri-nations match of the day SPAR Proteas beat Uganda by 49 goals to 34. After a narrow (11-10) lead by the SPAR Proteas at the end of the first quarter, midway into the second quarter Uganda drew (17-17) and with two minutes to go to Half-time the She-Cranes took the lead for the first time (21-20). Two successive goals by the SPAR Proteas ended the first half at (22-21). Injuries from Ugandan goal shooter and wing attack in the third quarter appeared to have taken the fight out of the team, leading to South Africa’s 10 goal lead (37-27). The final quarter ended with South Africa 15 goals ahead with a 49-34 score line.
SPAR Proteas coach Dorette Badenhorst expected a tough and physical game against Uganda as they’ve played them frequently and knew what to expect.
“I brought Izette on in the third quarter because I wanted her physical strength in defence. It was a tough game for some of the new caps, who are not used to this kind of physicality” said Badenhorst.
Ugandan coach Rashid Mubiru acknowledged that his team had been affected by the two injuries and “it really upset our game plan” he expressed.
Q1: South Africa 11 – 10 Uganda
HT: South Africa 22 – 21 Uganda
Q3: South Africa 37 – 27 Uganda
FT: South Africa 49 – 34 Uganda
MATCH SHOOTING STATS
South Africa: 49/58 (84.5%)
Uganda: 34/39 (87%)
SPAR Proteas centre Izette Griesel was named the player of the match.