Category Archives: Netball

SPAR PROTEAS IMPRESS IN QUAD SERIES

The SPAR Netball Proteas will leave Australia proudly satisfied that they have made a strong impression on world netball. Despite the England Roses beating the SPAR Proteas 57-44 on Saturday in their final Quad Series game, South Africa have achieved what they set out to do and that is close the gap on the world’s top three netball nations. It was a shooting masterclass from England at the sold out Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne as their star shooter Jo Harten led the way in…

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SPAR Netball Proteas Continue to Rise and Impress

New Zealand, Hamilton -The SPAR Proteas continued to signal to the netball world that they are on the rise with a tenacious performance against the world No. 2 team, the Silver Ferns, in New Zealand on Wednesday. Although the final score-line was 65-46 in the New Zealanders’ favour, the SPAR Proteas displayed a new confidence and commitment to lead the Silver Ferns, by up to four goals, well into the second quarter of their Netball Quad Series clash. “We let the world know we are…

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SPAR Proteas To Take On Mighty Silver Ferns In Netball Quad Series

Before they even take the court, the SPAR Proteas have received kudos from the Silver Ferns, their next rivals in the international Netball Quad Series, as a team to respect and be wary of. The New Zealand and South African sides will square off tomorrow (Wednesday) in the North Island city of Hamilton for the second round of the inaugural competition, which will also feature the clash between Australia and England, in Adelaide. While the SPAR Proteas are smarting from a 25-goal loss to the…

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SPAR NETBALL PROTEAS IMPRESS AGAINST WORLD CHAMPIONS

The SPAR Proteas may have gone down fighting, 68-43, to world netball champions the Australian Diamonds in the opening match of the Netball Quad Series in Auckland today, but their coach Norma Plummer was “absolutely delighted” with the improvement in their performance. Although the Australians gave a clinical display of their superior speed and experience in the first match of a blockbuster doubleheader, the South African side showed tenacity and skill which earned the biggest cheers from the crowd of 4700 at Vector Arena. And…

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SPAR Proteas Ready To Take The Sparkle Out of The Aussie Diamonds on Saturday

The SPAR Proteas are under no illusions just how fierce and intense the historic first test of the inaugural Netball Quad Series against world champions the Australian Diamonds this Saturday will be. And experienced center Erin Burger can vouch for how much effort will be required to keep pace with the super-quick Australians – after tracking her exertion in a training match earlier this week. Burger – with 85 tests, the most capped player in the SPAR Proteas team preparing for Saturday’s opening international in…

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SPAR Proteas Well For Netball Quad Series

Auckland, New Zealand – The SPAR Proteas have had a strong hit out against the New Zealand A side in Auckland tonight, ahead of a blockbuster start to the international Netball Quad Series this weekend. SPAR Proteas consultant coach Norma Plummer took the opportunity to play all 12 of her touring players in their first training match on New Zealand soil, two days after arriving in the country. It was an invaluable dress rehearsal for the world No. 5 team before they play world champions,…

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Bongi Named Captain of SPAR Proteas

Netball South Africa (NSA) announced on Thursday that KwaZulu Natal captain Bongiwe Msomi will captain the SPAR Proteas on their tour of New Zealand and Australia later this month for the Quad Series. Msomi succeeds Maryka Holtzhausen, who suffered a devastating knee injury during the SPAR national championships in Durban last week. Holtzhausen underwent surgery on Wednesday and could be out of action for up to eight months. “I am very honoured to have been named captain,” said Msomi, who is a midcourt player. “I…

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Heartbreak for Holtzhausen, Joy for Lombard

Pretoria, South Africa – Netball South Africa (NSA) confirmed on Tuesday that SPAR Proteas captain Maryka Holtzhausen will miss the Quad series against Australia, New Zealand and England later this month. Holtzhausen tore a ligament in her right knee (ACL) playing for Free State in the SPAR national netball championships in Durban last week.  She will undergo surgery on Wednesday and will require up to eight months rehabilitation. NSA Director of Selectors Christine du Preez said Gauteng goal attack Lindie Lombard would replace Holtzhausen. “My…

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Spar Netball Championships: Final Results

Senior A section Western Cape 50 Free State 35 Senior B section KZN B1 44 Western Cape 43 Under 21 A section North West 52 Gauteng A1 50 Under 21 B section Gauteng 52 KZN B1 35   Final standings (Senior) A section 1 Western Cape 2 Free State 3 Gauteng One 4 North West 5 KZN A1 6 Eastern Cape 7 Gauteng A2 8 Northern Cape 9 Mpumalanga 10 Limpopo 11 KZN A2 B Section 1 KZN B1 2 Western Cape 3 Gauteng 4…

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In-Form Western Cape Win Spar National Netball Championships

Western Cape, who had been the best team throughout the tournament, finished off a golden week on Saturday to win the SPAR national netball championships at the Hoy Park Centre in Durban. They beat Free State by 50 goals to 35 in the final. Western Cape dominated the game from the start, and Free State never looked like coming back from behind. They were just three goals ahead at halftime, but then they turned up the heat and extended their lead in the next two…

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Free State and Spar Proteas Captain Injured

There was drama on the fourth day of the SPAR national netball championships at the Hoy Park sports centre in Durban on Thursday. Free State and SPAR Proteas captain Maryka Holtzhausen had to be helped off the court with a suspected torn ligament in her right knee midway through the third quarter of Free State’s crucial match against defending champions North West. The injury could keep her out of the Proteas squad for the Quad Series against Australia, New Zealand and England, starting later this…

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Western Cape Still On Track For Final

Durban,South Africa – Western Cape continued their winning ways on the third day of the SPAR national netball championships at the Hoy Park Sports Centre on Wednesday with victories over two of the top teams, Gauteng One and Free State. Western Cape’s 61-40 win over Gauteng took everyone, including Western Cape, by surprise, as the match had been expected to be much closer. The Western Cape team stamped their authority on the match from the start, finishing the first quarter 19-13 ahead.  They extended their…

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Western Cape Show Their Class At Spar Netball National Championships

On the second day of the SPAR national netball championships at the Hoy Park Sports Centre on Tuesday, Western Cape proved that they are one of the teams to beat by thumping Northern Cape 79-28, after defeating Eastern Cape 52-27 in their earlier match. Coach Annali Lucas said they had won all their matches so far and they would be satisfied with nothing less than a place in the top three. “We’re taking it day by day and match by match, but if they keep…

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Top Teams Off To A Good Start in SPAR Netball Championships

Defending champions North West got off to a winning start on the opening day of the SPAR national netball championships at the Hoy Park Sports Centre on Monday, beating Gauteng Two by 51 goals to 17. The opening day’s matches were played in windy conditions, which made goal scoring difficult for all the teams.  North West coach Julene Meyer said the gusty conditions meant that her team could not make use of their specialist long distance shooters, as the ball swirled away from the net,…

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Netball Prominent Among GSport Award Finalists

Netball featured prominently among the finalists for the SPAR gsport4girls! Awards announced at The Venue in Melrose Arch on Monday. Gauteng Under-21 coach, Dumisani Chauke, who is also assistant coach to the SPAR Baby Proteas, was named as a finalist in two categories – Coach of the Year and Woman of the Year.  In the Coach of the Year category, she is up against Free State Crinums coach, Burta de Kock. The Crinums, who have won the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League three years in…

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Floods Disrupt Preparations For Spar National Netball Championships

Durban, South Africa – Floods in Durban have disrupted preparations for the SPAR national netball championships, which get under way on Monday August 8. “We were to have played at Hoy Park Netball Centre, but the courts were flooded during the recent heavy rains,” said Netball South Africa chief executive Blanche de la Guerre. “We will be inspecting the courts on Monday, to see if we will be able to play there.  We have made contingency plans to find another venue if there has been…

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Proteas Clinic Netball Series Against Wales

Durban, South Africa – South Africa clinched the SPAR Challenge international netball series by beating Wales 64-45 in the second Test at the Durban International Convention Centre on Saturday afternoon. The SPAR Proteas won the first Test 63-43 on Friday.  The final Test will be played on Sunday. The Proteas got off to a much better start than in the first Test.  Coach Norma Plummer made some changes to the starting seven, bringing Rochelle Lawson and Izette Lubbe on in place of Precious Mthembu and…

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Erin Burger cleared to take to court

Durban, South Africa – Following a collision with team mate Zanele Vimbela during training on the Monday 30 May 2016, SPAR Protea netball star centre court player Erin Burger found herself concussed. Burger was rushed to medical experts by Netball South Africa who diagnosed a vertically orientated fracture through the left zygomatic bone with two fractures through the left zygomatic arch (fractured left cheekbone). There was doubt on whether Burger would be fit to play for the Proteas against Wales in the three test series…

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Welsh Netball Stars finally arrive in South Africa

Upbeat Welsh netball team delighted and excited to be in Durban, South Africa. Durban, South Africa – Despite it taking the Wales netball team 56 hours to get from London to Durban, on arrival at King Shaka International Airport the Welsh players were upbeat and excited to be in South Africa. Wales, ranked eighth in world netball will meet fifth ranked South African Proteas in the upcoming SPAR Challenge over three test games this weekend 17-19 June at the Durban International Convention Centre. The Welsh…

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Plummer Happy with SA Netball Team Selection

Durban, South Africa – The coach of the SPAR netball Proteas, Norma Plummer, is a happy woman after a very successful training camp in Durban last week. Plummer, who coached Australia to World Cup gold in 2007 and 2011, is preparing the team for the three-Test SPAR International Challenge against Wales this weekend at Durban’s ICC (17-19 June).  She is using the series as part of preparations for a much sterner test for the South African team – the tri-nations series against world netball powerhouses…

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South African can gauge their progress in Wales series

Durban,South Africa – The upcoming SPAR Challenge international netball test series South Africa vs Wales is an ideal opportunity for the Proteas to gauge how far they have come since the Netball World Cup in Sydney last year. The two top 10 world ranked netball nations, South Africa (ranked 5) and Wales (ranked 8) will do battle at the Durban ICC from 17-19 June 2016. This is the view of SPAR Proteas captain Maryka Holtzhausen, who said the three-Test series would also enable the team…

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Three new caps in team for Wales Netball Series

Durban, South Africa – There are three new faces in the 14-member SPAR Protea team announced by Netball South Africa for the coming SPAR Challenge international netball series against Wales in Durban later this month. North West Flames shooting partnership, the lanky Sigrid Burger and her shorter goal attack, Renske Stoltz, make their first appearance in the national team and the third newcomer is the Gauteng Jaguars goalkeeper, Jeanie Steyn. Twenty-two year old Stoltz was named player of the tournament after the final of the…

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Spar Proteas to Play Test Series against Wales

Durban, South Africa – With the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League done and dusted, the cream of South African netball will be in action again in June, when the SPAR Proteas meet Wales in the three-Test SPAR International Challenge at the ICC in Durban. It will be a real feast of netball, as the three Tests will be preceded by matches between the South African and Welsh Under 21 teams. The Proteas last played Wales in the Netball World Cup in Sydney last year, when…

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South African Netball Training Squad Announced for Test Series Against Wales

Durban, South Africa – Netball South Africa has announced a 25 member training squad ahead of the SPAR Challenge international netball test series against Wales in Durban next month. The training squad was announced after the final of the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League at the Durban Ice Arena in Ethekwini, Kwa-Zulu Natal on Saturday. The team from this squad for the SPAR Challenge will be announced on Thursday 4 June 2016. SPAR training squad: Charmaine Baard (Southern Stings), Erin Burger (Stings), Sigrid Burger (North…

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Netball and cricket included in Mandela Sport and Culture Day

Pretoria – More will be on offer in this year’s edition of the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day, as netball and cricket will be included in the mix. Delivering his Budget Vote Speech in Parliament on Tuesday, Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula said: “We will once again honour the iconic Nelson Mandela through the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day, which will take place in August. “For the first time this year, we will expand the scope of the event to include netball…

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