Norma plan­ning ahead

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - NET­BALL RE­PORTER

LOOK­ING to build on the progress of 2016, Proteas coach Norma Plum­mer named a 26-mem­ber squad for a train­ing camp in Pre­to­ria in July.

The for­mer Aus­tralian coach will be look­ing to get a head start ahead of an in­ter­na­tional sea­son that in­cludes the Quad Se­ries, the Di­a­mond Chal­lenge, and two Tests against Fiji.

Plum­mer and her as­sis­tant Ni­cole Cu­sack watched the last two week­ends of eight-week Bru­tal Fruit Net­ball Premier League (BFNPL).

“We watched the play-off stages of the com­pe­ti­tion, and so were able to see how the play­ers per­formed un­der pres­sure,” said Plum­mer.

“We have also watched videos of the other matches, so we got a very good idea of which play­ers stood out.”

Four mem­bers of the squad – Lenize Pot­gi­eter, Bongiwe Msomi, Erin Burger and Karla Mostert – did not play in the BFNPL as they were over­seas.

Plum­mer said she had fol­lowed their per­for­mances.

“I watched Erin and Karla play­ing in Aus­tralia and I was able to watch the others by live stream­ing,” Plum­mer said. “They have all done very well. Bongi was the player of the match in the fi­nal of the su­per league in Eng­land.

“I have also been in con­tact with their coaches, so I know what they have achieved.”

Plum­mer hopes the quar­tet’s ex­pe­ri­ence in the com­pet­i­tive over­seas leagues will in­spire the rest of the squad. A team of 26 will be an­nounced at the end of the train­ing camp.

“We will be look­ing for play­ers who can push the Proteas to greater things,” Plum­mer said. “They have re­duced the goal dif­fer­ence against the top teams, and are get­ting to the stage where they can re­ally chal­lenge them.”

The Jaguars, who won the BFNPL, leave later this month for New Zealand, where they will play in an in­ter­na­tional club tour­na­ment. Plum­mer said this would be a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially for those in the na­tional train­ing squad.

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