Rally be­hind our net­ball Proteas

Pretoria News - - OPINION -

RUGBY fans are still bask­ing in the glory of the Spring­boks’ World Cup tri­umph against Eng­land.

Now an­other South African team, the net­ball Proteas ladies, have a chance to put one over the English and bring more joy to Mzansi.

Cap­tain Bongi Msomi and her team will face off against the Roses in a three-Test se­ries at the Bel­lville Velo­drome this week­end, with the first match tonight.

The Proteas have had an out­stand­ing 2019, in which they won the African Cup, and were semi-fi­nal­ists in the World Cup – their best per­for­mance at the tour­na­ment since reach­ing the fi­nal in 1995. They were re­warded for their ef­forts with a num­ber of ti­tles at the South African Sports Awards ear­lier this month.

They were cho­sen as the Team of the Year ahead of the Spring­boks; Net­ball SA pres­i­dent Ce­cilia Molok­wane was the Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Year, and World Cup player of the tour­na­ment Karla Pre­to­rius re­ceived the Min­is­ter’s Ex­cel­lence Award.

Not only that, but Molok­wane was also voted on to the board of the SA Sports Con­fed­er­a­tion and Olympic Com­mit­tee this week.

This week­end’s se­ries against Eng­land in Cape Town per­haps marks the start of a new era for the team, as the Mother City is to host the 2023 Net­ball World Cup.

Coach Dorette Baden­horst will hope that it’s a case of third time lucky for the Proteas, as they lost twice to Eng­land in the World Cup in Liver­pool in July – in­clud­ing the bronze-medal match. That hurt the South Africans, as they lost by just two points in the semi-fi­nals to Aus­tralia. The three matches this week­end are a chance to avenge those World Cup de­feats.

Of course, there is an­other Eng­land sports team head­ing to our shores later this sum­mer – Joe Root’s crick­eters – for what will be a feast of ac­tion.

So, with the Boks hav­ing al­ready shown who rules rugby, let’s back our net­ball Proteas to fol­low suit.

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