Thursday , February 25 2021

South African Netball sides have been named before the Diamond Challenge

The SPAR Protea netball team was announced last weekend at Rembrandt Hall in Pretoria before the Diamond Challenge progressed in Polokwane At the back, from the left, is Maryka Holtzhausen, Lenize Potgieter, Sigrid Burger, Phumza Maweni , Zaanele Vimbela to Rome Dreyer. The front, from the left, is Karla Pretorius (Lieutenant), Erin Burger, Khanyisa Chawane, Bongiwe Msomi (Capt), Renske Stoltz and Shadine van der Merwe.
Photo: Reg Caldecott

There are a number of local stars included in the two national netball teams announced this weekend before the Challenge Diamond tournament evening against four other countries in South Africa.

South Africa will be represented by SPAS Proteas as well as President XII, who will show up some of the stars of the game.

Following a week's training camp, both teams were chosen to take on national sides of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia over five days of wildlife in the Ngoako Rampitting Sports Zone in Seshego, Limpopo between November 27 and December 1.

Speaking in the announcement, Norma Plummer's national coach said she was very happy with the standard of players in the camp and she could choose the strongest SPAR Protea Team.

"We will respect all the teams we play in the Diamond Challenge and we will work hard to win these games confidently. African teams play a unique style of netball net and I have to & Girls have adapted to that style, "said Plummer when asked about South African domination in previous tournaments.

Plummer said it was important that the Presidents XII were part of the Diamond Challenge.

"We need to develop the next layer of athletes with international experience because SPAS Proteas is the feeder team and, in the case of injuries, Presidents XII will give us new options," he explained.

Named Bongi of Kwazulu-Natal was named as captain of Proteas SPAR's side, while a former pupil Hoërskool Zwartkop in Centurion, Karla Pretorius, will be a lieutenant.

"I feel confident about going into the Diamond Challenge. We have a strong and strong team. The competition will not be easy because African countries are recovering by time and is incredible to impress against SPAR Proteas, "said Pretorius after being appointed Lieutenant.

The Proteas will play their first game against Namibia neighbors. Games will be broadcast live on SuperSport 8.

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