Rally behind our netball Proteas
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.