Plum­mer mixes youth with ex­pe­ri­ence for up­com­ing Quad Se­ries

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - NET­BALL RE­PORTER

TWO new names have been added to the Proteas na­tional net­ball team while vet­eran cen­tre Erin Burger will make her re­turn ahead of next month’s Quad Se­ries in Aus­tralia and New Zealand as well as a two-Test se­ries in Fiji.

South African coach Norma Plum­mer named shoot­ers Danelle Lochner and Ina-Marie Ven­ter in her 12-mem­ber squad fol­low­ing a week-long train­ing camp at the Pre­to­ria Univer­sity High-Per­for­mance Cen­tre.

“Danelle came straight from the World Youth Cham­pi­onships and she al­most se­lected her­self. She is phys­i­cally pow­er­ful and she has the great ma­tu­rity for a girl of 19,” said Plum­mer.

“It is al­ways good to get a player of that cal­i­bre at such an early age.”

The Proteas will be us­ing the Quad Se­ries, which con­tin­ues in South Africa and Eng­land next year, as part of the buildup to the Com­mon­wealth Games in Aus­tralia next year.

Bongi Msomi, who has been play­ing in the United King­dom, will re­tain the cap­taincy of the team while goal defence Karla Mostert will be her deputy.

South Africa’s shooter Lenize Pot­gi­eter, who played in the New Zealand league, will add to the team’s in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It is fair to say in the past two years, since Ni­cole Cu­sack (as­sis­tant coach) and I have been work­ing with the team and through dif­fer­ent tours and se­ries we’ve had, we have been able to get im­prove­ment and lower score­line,” Plum­mer said.

“We are look­ing for­ward to that be­ing main­tained, it is about putting in the ef­fort and if we can get a lot more prepa­ra­tion we would be able to get far more favourable re­sults.”

PROTEAS SQUAD: Bongiwe Msomi (cap­tain), Karla Mostert (vice-cap­tain), Erin Burger, Maryka Holtzhausen, Danelle Lochner, Rochelle Loub­ser, Phumza Maweni, Pre­cious Mthembu, Na­dia Uys Pien­aar, Lenize Pot­gi­eter, InaMarie Ven­ter, Zanele Vim­bela.

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