Best net­ball na­tions con­verge on Jo­han­nes­burg

African Times - - Sports - MOYAHABO MABEBA

THE aris­to­crats of world net­ball pre­cip­i­tate on the serene South African scenes next week, send­ing the game’s le­gion of devo­tees into un­con­fined delir­ium.

Of course, there is valid rea­son for net­ball’s fanatical fans to cel­e­brate when four of the best teams in the world con­verge in Jo­han­nes­burg for the next stage of the SPAR Quad Se­ries.

The matches, in­volv­ing world cham­pi­ons Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Eng­land and South Africa, will be played at the El­lis Park Arena, which has the ca­pac­ity to ac­com­mo­date 5000 spec­ta­tors from Jan­uary 25 to 28.

The Quad Se­ries has be­come an ex­hil­a­rat­ing fix­ture pro­gramme on the in­ter­na­tional net­ball cal­en­dar of events, bring­ing to­gether the world’s top three teams and South Africa, who are ranked fifth in the world.

The Proteas’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in the flag­ship tour­ney is aimed at im­prov­ing its rank­ing by com­pet­ing against the best in the world.

Dur­ing the Aus­tralian leg of the se­ries ear­lier last year, the SPAR Proteas proved that they were not just mak­ing up the num­bers with a thrilling 54-51 vic­tory over the Eng­land Roses in In­ver­cargill in New Zealand.

They also re­duced the goal dif­fer­ence in their matches against pow­er­houses, Aus­tralia and

New Zealand, show­ing that the ex­pe­ri­ence they gained by play­ing against the best is now bear­ing fruits.

The South African leg of the Quad Se­ries is pre­ceded by the tour of Eng­land which gets un­der­way this week­end from Fri­day un­til Mon­day, in which matches will be played in Lon­don’s Cop­per Box Arena.

South Africa will raise the cur­tain to­mor­row when they lock horns with the mighty Aus­tralia while the hosts, Eng­land cross path with New Zealand in the sec­ond match later in the af­ter­noon.

It will go down to the wire on Mon­day when Eng­land take on Aus­tralia in a match that will def­i­nitely ig­nite fire­works amid scenes of un­lim­ited frenzy.

The four teams then move to South Africa for the fi­nal leg of the 2017/18 se­ries.

South Africa will play the New Zealand Sil­ver Ferns at 19:00 on Thurs­day (Jan­uary 25).

The other matches will be played on Sun­day (Jan­uary 28).

The Aus­tralian Di­a­monds will play the Sil­ver Ferns in a mid­day fix­ture, and the Proteas will fin­ish the se­ries off with the Bat­tle of the Flow­ers when they take on the Roses at 14:30.

The SPAR Protea’s newly ap­pointed coach Dr. El­sje Jor­daan has made it clear that: “The only way South Africa can im­prove is by play­ing the best teams in the world and this Quad Se­ries will al­low our team to com­pete against the world’s best in front of their home fans.”

SPAR Group Mar­ket­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Mike Pren­tice said the com­pany was very proud of their in­volve­ment in the se­ries.

He said, “As SPAR, we are proud to be pre­sent­ing the SPAR Quad Se­ries and en­abling Net­ball South Africa to bring the world’s best net­ball teams to the coun­try. SPAR are com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the plan set up by con­sul­tant coach, Norma Plum­mer and coach El­sje Jor­daan to lay a solid foun­da­tion ahead of the next World Cup in Liver­pool next year.”

The SPAR Proteas are sched­uled to lock horns with the best net­ball na­tions in the Quad Se­ries to be staged in Lon­don and Jo­han­nes­burg.

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