SPAR Proteas unbeatable

SPAR Proteas made a clean sweep in the 2021 SPAR Challenge Tri-Nations series. Image: Netball South Africa.

Proteas prove unbeatable in SPAR Challenge Tri-Nations series

South Africa secured the SPAR Challenge Tri-Nations series trophy after claiming their third victory over Uganda 44-32 on Wednesday.

SPAR Proteas unbeatable

SPAR Proteas made a clean sweep in the 2021 SPAR Challenge Tri-Nations series. Image: Netball South Africa.

The SPAR Proteas won their sixth and final match in the SPAR Challenge Tri-Nations netball tournament at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Wednesday when they beat Uganda 44-32 to secure the trophy.

The third encounter between South Africa and Uganda was characterised with fierce action as South Africa were adamant to maintain their 100% win record in the tournament and Uganda did not want to lose all three matches against the hosts.

From the outset Uganda were on fire with high, fast passes to their shooters who did not miss a shooting opportunity and took the first quarter 10-7.

The Proteas started to fight their way back and took the second quarter 10-9 with the half-time score favouring Uganda 19-17.

The two teams drew level (22-22) five minutes into the third quarter.

Head coach Dorette Badenhorst made a few strategic changes in the second half which put the Proteas back on track as they managed to win the third quarter 28-25.

With their changed team, South Africa entered the fourth quarter with confidence and managed to win the match 44-32.

At the end of the match, Romé Joubert announced her retirement from international netball. Her first international game was at the Quad Series in 2018 and she had 22 caps before the start of this series.

Romé Joubert with head coach Dorette Badenhorst at the end of the SPAR Challenge Tri-Nations series. Image: Netball South Africa.

Although Proteas coach Dorette Badenhorst was happy with the victory, she said there was always much to work on.

“What is worrying is that our shooters’ percentages are too low. It’s no good the centre court getting the ball to the circle if the shooters don’t get the ball in the net,” she said.

Badenhorst said the SPAR Challenge series had been invaluable as the Proteas are preparing for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next year and the 2023 Netball World Cup in Cape Town.

“These were ranking matches, and because Uganda are in the top 10, we get good ranking points from beating them. It was also valuable to see the depth of talent in the next tier of players. Some of them will play at the World Cup and it is good to see how much talent we have,” she said.

Proteas captain Bongi Msomi was named most valued player and said the SPAR Challenge and the weeks of preparation preceding it, had been very important as new players were brought into the fold and took on the identity of Proteas players.

“We are very much a team and the new players have bought into that,” said Msomi.

Earlier on Wednesday, the President’s XII beat the Namibian Desert Jewels 44-32, after leading 23-16 at half-time and Jante Strydom was named the most valuable player.

Score breakdown – Namibia vs President’s XII

  • Q1: Namibia 9-9 President’s XII
  • HT: Namibia 16-23 President’s XII
  • Q3: Namibia 24-35 President’s XII
  • FT: Namibia 32-44 President’s XII

Shooting stats – Namibia

  • Anna Kaspar: 20/26 (76.9)
  • Nanguloshi Kamutushi: 3/5 (60%)
  • Rachalle Roetz: 4/7 (57.1)
  • Jatjinda Kambatuku: 5/5 (100%)

Shooting stats – President’s XII

  • Chante Louw: 14/24 (58.3%)
  • Talja Venter: 13/19 (68.4)
  • Nomfundo Mngomezulu: 16/19 (84.2%)
  • Jessica Robyn Du Plessis: 0/1 (0%)

Match shooting stats

  • Namibia: 32/43 (74.4%)
  • President’s XII: 44/64 (68.7%)

Score breakdown – South Africa vs Uganda

  • Q1: South Africa 7-10 Uganda
  • HT: South Africa 17-19 Uganda
  • Q3: South Africa 28-25 Uganda
  • FT: South Africa 44-32 Uganda

Shooting stats – South Africa

  • Sian Moore: 26/33 (78.7%)
  • Renske Stoltz: 18/26 (69.2%)

Shooting stats – Uganda

  • Shadiah Nassanga: 17/17 (100%)
  • Irene Eyaru: 15/18 (83.3%)

Match shooting stats

  • South Africa: 44/59 (74.5%)
  • Uganda: 32/35 (91.4%)

SPAR Challenge Tri-Nations award ceremony

The awards ceremony took place after the last match between South Africa and Uganda. The Proteas proved to be unbeatable and took first place followed by the Uganda She-Cranes and the Namibia Desert Jewels in third place.

Proteas Monique Reyneke was awarded as the most valued player of the series and Irene Eyaru from Uganda was named the most accurate shooter. The best centre court player honours went to South African Bongiwe Msomi and the best defender award to Joan Nampungu of Uganda.

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