SPAR Proteas triumph

Bongi Msomi, the SPAR Proteas Captain, in action at the 2021 SPAR Challenge Tri-Nations. Image: Netball South Africa.

Proteas triumph once again over Namibia on Day 3 of SPAR Challenge

South Africa strengthened their dominance over Namibia in their second match at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Saturday, 27 March.

SPAR Proteas triumph

Bongi Msomi, the SPAR Proteas Captain, in action at the 2021 SPAR Challenge Tri-Nations. Image: Netball South Africa.

The second and final match on Saturday, 27 March took place between the SPAR Proteas and Namibia.

It was the second time the Proteas and the Namibian Desert Jewels met each other this week with the Proteas winning the match 66-31.

From the outset South Africa dominated and by half-time the score was 39-15 in their favour.

The Namibians are yet to taste victory in the SPAR Challenge Tri-Nations series.

Proteas head coach Dorette Badenhorst started the match with a different set of players than the first two games.

Nosipho Ntshangase replaced Khanyisa Chawane in wing defence, Izette Griesel started in place of Romé Joubert in the centre and Sian Moore replaced Nonsikelelo Mazibuko.

Badenhorst also made a number of changes at the start of the third quarter introducing all the subs into the game without affecting the performance of the team as they continued to dominate the match, claiming their 12th victory over Namibia.

Proteas assistant coach Dumisani Chauke said her team showcased the depth of talent in South Africa.

“The absence of some of our top players, who were unavailable because they are in Australia and the United Kingdom, has given us an opportunity to assess the second and third tier players and we are very happy with the way they have performed. There is a good pool of players coming through and there is fierce competition for places in the national teams. We have also been excited by what we have seen in the matches between the SPAR Baby Proteas and the President’s XII,” Chauke said.

The player of the match honours were awarded to Nozipho Ntshangase.

Nozipho Ntshangase: Player of the match. Image: Netball South Africa.

Score breakdown

  • Q1: South Africa 19-6 Namibia
  • HT: South Africa 39-15 Namibia
  • Q3: South Africa 51-24 Namibia
  • FT: South Africa 66-31 Namibia

Shooting stats – South Africa

  • Nonsikelelo Mazibuko: 16/17 (94%)
  • Renske Stoltz: 13/15 (86.7%)
  • Sian Moore: 26/29 (89.7%)
  • Chantelle Swart: 11/14 (78.6%)

Shooting stats – Namibia

  • Anna Kaspar: 14/15 (93.3%)
  • Nanguloshi Kamutushi: 2/2 (100%)

Spar Baby Proteas versus Uganda She-Cranes

Earlier on Saturday, the SPAR Baby Proteas met the Uganda She-Cranes.

South Africa started strong as they gained a three-point lead within the first two minutes of the game.

At the end of the first quarter the Baby Proteas remained in control and led the game 14-12.

The Uganda She-Cranes started the second quarter with a revised team as they battled to reduce the lead enjoyed by the Baby Proteas.

With a more experienced team combination, Uganda took control of the game in the second quarter and ended the quarter with a 32-23 lead.

Although Uganda enjoyed aerial dominance in the match winning almost every high ball, the South Africans continued to fight courageously.

The final score was 59-45 in favour of Uganda.

SPAR Baby Proteas and Uganda She-Cranes fighting it out on the netball court. Image: Netball South Africa.

Baby Proteas head coach Elsje Jordaan said,

“I am very proud of my young team for putting up such a good fight. I think they coped well with the intensity and physicality of Uganda.”

Score breakdown

  • Q1: South Africa U21 14-12 Uganda
  • HT: South Africa U21 23-32 Uganda
  • Q3: South Africa U21 35 -44 Uganda
  • FT: South Africa U21 45-59 Uganda

No spectators are allowed at the matches, but you can watch the games LIVE on SuperSport Variety 4 in South Africa.

Check the full fixtures here.