The Protea Netball SPAR Group was announced this past weekend at the Rembrandt Hall in Pretoria before the Diamond Challenge in Polokwane. On the left are Maryka Holtzhausen, Lenize Potgieter, Sigrid Burger, Phumza Maweni, Zaanele Vimbela and Rome Dreyer. From the left are Carla Pretorius (deputy captain), Erin Burger, Hanniasa Chawan, Bong Masomi (Kept), Renske Stoltz and Shaddin van der Merou.
Photo: Reg Caldeck
Several local stars are included in the two national netball teams announced this weekend on the eve of the Diamond Challenge against four other South African countries.
South Africa will be represented by SPAR Proteas as well as the XII president who will show some of the game's stars.
After a weekly training camp, both teams were selected to take national sides from Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia for five days of Scandinavian action at the Ngoako Ramathlodi Sports Complex in Seshego, Limpopo, from November 27 to December 1.
Speaking during the statement, national coach Norma Plummer said she was extremely satisfied with the camp's standard and was able to 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 and our girls have to adapt to this style, "Plummer said when asked about the dominance of South Africa in previous tournaments.
Plummer said it was important for Presidents XII to be part of the Diamond Challenge.
"We need to develop the next round of athletes with international experience, as they are the SPAR Proteas crew and in the event of injury, President XII will give us the opportunity to replace," she explained.
Bongi Msomi of Kwazulu-Natal is named SPAR Proteas captain, while former student of Hoërskool Zwartkop at Centurion, Carla Pretorius, will be deputy captain.
"I feel confident that I'm entering the Diamond Challenge, and we have a strong and solid team, and the competition will not be easy as African countries are improving all the time and are hungry to impress SPAR Proteas," Pretorius said after being appointed deputy captain.
The protests will play their first match against the neighbors of Namibia. The games will be broadcast live on SuperSport 8.
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