Australia reclaimed the Netball World Cup after defeating England 61-45 in the final at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Sunday. That saw the Diamonds lifting the trophy for a record-extending 12th time. It was presented by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Having lost out to New Zealand by just one goal in the last Netball World Cup final four years ago, Australia ensured there would be no repeat scenario.  

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England were playing in their first-ever Netball World Cup final. They qualified after beating defending champions New Zealand in the semifinal while the Australians were contesting their ninth consecutive gold-medal match. They have never finished lower than second in the tournament’s 60-year history.

Netball World Cup final takes center stage
Australia reclaimed the Netball World Cup

Earlier, Jamaica defeated New Zealand for the second time in a matter of days to secure their first podium place since 2007.

SOUTH AFRICA BEATEN BY UGANDA ON FINAL DAY

Hosts South Africa played Uganda in an all-African showdown for fifth place. ‘She Cranes’ dethroned the South Africans as the top side in Africa. They secured the fifth spot with a 49-47 victory.

The Spar Proteas eased to a 69-28 victory in their Netball World Cup Group C match against Trinidad & Tobago on Monday.

The Spar Proteas came into the match after a 67-49 loss to Jamaica on Sunday. They also came from a devastating blow with goal shooter Lenize Potgieter ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to injury.

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She was replaced by Owethu Ngubane who also travelled with the team to Cape Town as one of the reserves.

Potgieter had an operation on her right knee in July last year and underwent intense rehabilitation. She also missed the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham where South Africa had to settle for sixth position.

Spar Proteas against Trinidad & Tobago

Coach Norma Plummer stuck with the same seven for the first two-quarters of the game as the Proteas took a commanding 33-15 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, Nichole Taljaard moved from goal attack to goal shooter while Elmeré van der Bergh came on as goal attack.

With seven minutes to go, Ngubane earned only her second cap for South Africa when she replaced Taljaard. She scored her first goal at a World Cup in the last 30 seconds of the match.

SPAR PROTEAS EASE TO VICTORY 

Most Valuable Player: Nichole Taljaard
Goal Shooting Percentage: 82.1 per cent / 90.3 per cent
Penalty Count (Contact and Obstruction): South Africa 47 / Trinidad & Tobago 55
Quarter scores: 18-12 / 33-15 / 51-21 / 69-28

The Spar Proteas are back in action against New Zealand on Wednesday. 

The Spar Proteas kept up their dominant performance at the 2023 Netball World Cup, securing a commanding 87-32 victory over Sri Lanka at the CTICC on Saturday afternoon.  

Norma Plummer implemented four changes to the starting seven for this match, but their seamless integration on the court would have escaped your notice. The players fit together like a glove, complementing each other perfectly.  

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From the very first center pass, South Africa presented a formidable challenge for the Indian side, who struggled to score, managing only five goals in the opening ten minutes. The home team took charge and dominated the first quarter, securing a 24-9 lead.  

SRI LANKA OUTCLASSED BY SOUTH AFRICA

Meanwhile, in the second quarter, Sri Lanka came alive a bit, attempting to put up a good fight. However, the Spar Proteas maintained a comfortable lead, making even their errors go unnoticed. In the final five minutes of the quarter, the home team displayed excellent gameplay, much to the delight of their supporters who cheered from the stands. They went into the halftime break with a 27-goal lead.  

The third quarter saw Khanyisa Chawane make her way onto the court, along with Karla Pretorius, who celebrated her milestone of 100 caps. Pretorius made her presence felt in the Sri Lanka shooting circle, causing a significant impact. Nevertheless, the away team struggled once again, managing to score only six goals in this quarter.  

Spar Proteas outclass Sri Lanka
Spar Proteas in action against Sri Lanka

In the final quarter, Ine-Mari Venter entered the game as a goal shooter, prompting Elmeré van der Berg to shift to goal attack, and Nicholé Taljaard made her way out. Meanwhile, Phumza Maweni took over as goalkeeper, with Nicola Smith moving to goal defense, and Shadine van der Merwe assuming the wing defense position. With these changes, the South African side left no stone unturned as they clinched their second victory.  

The home side will return for a much-anticipated match as they take on Jamaica on Sunday at 18:00.

LINE-UP

SOUTH AFRICA: GS Elmeré van der Berg, GA Nicholé Taljaard, WA Bongiwe Msomi (c). Izette Griesel, WD Jeanté Strydom, GD Shadine van der Merwe & GK Nicola Smith

BENCH: Potgieter, Venter, Chawane, Pretorius & Maweni

SRI LANKA: GS Algama, GA Alwis, WA Wannithilake C Amarawansa (c), WD Kaludewa, GD Dissanayeke & GK Jayasooriya

BENCH: Salivangam, Lathpandurage, Hettirachchi, Wijesiri & Kandage.

By Sinolwetu Tompela 

The Spar Proteas got off to a perfect start in the 2023 Netball World Cup as they secured their 20th victory against Wales in the opening match at Cape Town International Convention Center on Friday evening.

The South African side made their intentions clear from the first whistle: they were determined to walk away victorious in this exhilarating encounter.

Right from the opening quarter, the Spar Proteas took the lead, even though they encountered some challenges in connecting with each other during the first five minutes.

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They entered the second quarter fueled with energy, maintaining their momentum and taking Wales by storm. The defense ran a tight ship, causing frustration for Wales in the shooting circle, with Karla Pretorius consistently winning the ball. Meanwhile, the mid-court enjoyed a fantastic partnership between Khanyisa Chawane and the captain, Bongi Msomi, who supplied the attacking line with superb passes. Ine-Marie Venter displayed her experience by converting opportunities with an impressive 91.5% accuracy overall. The halftime scoreline stood at 32-24.

Perfect start for Spar Proteas in Netball World Cup opener
Spar Proteas against Wales 

The Warriors continued their dominance, and in the third quarter, coach Norma Plummer made some changes. Jeanté Strydom made her debut at wing defense, and Nicholé Taljaard stepped in as the goal attack.

The closing quarter proved to be highly exciting as Wales gave their all. But without any surprises, the hosts maintained their lead and emerged victorious with a score of 61-50. In the end, Venter received the well-deserved player of the match accolade.

PERFECT START FOR SOUTH AFRICA IN NETBALL WORLD CUP OPENER

The home side will return to action tomorrow against Sri Lanka at 16:00 SA time.

LINE-UPS

SOUTH AFRICA: GS Ine-Mari Venter, GA Elmere van der Berg, WA Bongi Msomi (c), C Khanyisa Chawane, WD Shadine van der Merwe, GD Karla Pretorious & GK Phumza Maweni

BENCH: Potgieter, Taljaard, Griesel, Strydom & Smith

WALES: GS Geoegia Rowe, GA Phillipa Yarranton, WA Bethan Dyke, C Clare Jones ©, GD Ella Powell-Davies & GK Christina Shaw

BENCH: Howells, Kuti, Matthewman, O’dwyer& Watkins

By Sinolwetu Tompela

The much anticipated 2023 Netball World Cup, set to be held in South Africa, will not be affected by load-shedding, Netball South Africa CEO Blanche de la Guerre has confirmed.

The tournament will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in the Western Cape Province. A total of 16 teams from various countries will be in action from Friday, 28 until Sunday, 06 Aug 2023.

This will be the first-ever netball global competition to be hosted on African soil. With African countries consisting of Malawi, Zimbabwe and Uganda as well as the host, South Africa.

Netball South Africa has confirmed that there won't be load-shedding during the Netball World Cup
The City of Cape Town raising the Netball World Cup trophy

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According to the public broadcaster, SABC Sport, de la Guerre said that measures to ensure that the world’s Netball tournament is exempted from load-shedding, will be implemented in the area.

NETBALL SOUTH AFRICA CONFIRMS NO LOAD-SHEDDING

While many continue to bear the brunt of load shedding, an area where the world cup will be hosted, will be spared the never-ending power outages plaguing the nation. That is, per the Netball South Africa CEO, de la Guerre.

“We engaged in extensive discussions with the match venue organizers and the City of Cape Town. They devised a robust strategy to ensure no load shedding during the event,” De la Guerre said as quoted by SABC Sport.

“They have given us their assurance that measures will be diligently implemented to avert any potential disruptions. As we cannot afford even a simple moment of power outage.

“With international TV crews in attendance, any outage would incur significant costs for us. Additionally, there will be no load shedding at any hotels hosting our international guests.

“When asked about load shedding, we confidently assure that the tournament will remain entirely unaffected. Load shedding is not even a concern.”

By Clifton Mabasa

The Netball World Cup trophy is making round across all five districts in Limpopo after touching down on Thursday from Mpumalanga. The trophy was handed over to the province by MEC for sports in Mpumalanga, Thandi Shongwe in Maruleng Local Municipality. She was accompanied by Netball SA president Cecilia Molokwane who also spent a few days in Mpumalanga on the same tour.

The trophy was also received in Hoedspruit by local Mayor Tsheko Musolwa together with officials from the Limpopo Department of Sports and the Limpopo Sports Confederation.

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The tour across all provinces is part of the build-up to the first-ever Netball World Cup on African soil. It will tour all five Limpopo districts until Tuesday, 13 Jun3 2023. The trophy has so far visited Provinces such as Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal. 

“It has been a wonderful trip in Mpumalanga, I don’t want to lie,” Molokwane told the media those who came to witness the special occasion.

Netball World Cup trophy tour continues in Limpopo
MEC Thandi Shongwe arrives with Cecilia Molokwane

“This is the first MEC that woke up with me at 03:00 am and slept at the same time as me at 11 pm. I was well taken care of and I am grateful.”

Molokwane also showed gratitude to all those involved since the tour started two weeks ago. 

NETBALL WORLD CUP TROPHY TOUR SCHEDULE 

Friday, 9 June 

The tour started at Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality and then proceed to Greater Giyani Municipality Masingita Mall.

Saturday, 10 June 

The entourage will proceed to Vhembe District and Thulamela Municipal Chambers, respectively. They will then proceed to Azwifarwi Secondary.

Sunday, 11 June 

The trophy tour will take place in Molemole Municipality-Botlokwa Special School. It will be followed by Jack Botes Park in Polokwane then proceed to Lebowakgomo Mall in the Lepelle-Nkumpi Municipality.

Netball World Cup trophy tour continues in Limpopo
Mayor Tsheko Musolwa and Cecilia Molokwane

Monday, 12 June 

The Sekhukhune District Trophy tour will start at Fetakgomo Tubatse. Followed by Makhuduthamaga, proceed to Ephraim Mogale, Ndlovu Sports Centre then continue to Sekhukhune District Municipal Chamber.

Tuesday, 13 June 

The Limpopo tour will conclude in Waterberg District. It will start with Mokopane Comprehensive School in Mogalakwena Municipality and then continue to Bela- Bela Mall.

The Spar Proteas final 15-squad that will represent South Africa in the Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 was announced on Friday evening at the SuperSport studios in Randburg, Gauteng.

South Africa will be hosting the World Cup in Cape Town from 28 July to 6 of August 2023. The Mzansi side is seeded in Pool C alongside Jamaica, Wales, and Sri Lanka.

RARING FOR THE NETBALL WORLD CUP

The Spar Proteas captain Bongi Msomi explained that she thinks with this kind of squad selection they stand a better chance to go far in the competition. The inclusion of experienced players, those who play abroad, and the ones who are participating in the TNL is definitely a great foundation.

“We’ve got a couple of players who have been in the 2019 world cup. Experience every now and then counts and I think at this stage it looks like almost all players are on form. And that’s what I think will probably take us through,” said Msomi.

“We know there are players who are still overseas, playing for their clubs that side that were not here today. So, I think with that and the blend of Telkom Netball League going well and competition is tight this year. Also, knowing that the girls are coming overseas on form – will give us the edge.

Spar Proteas Netball World Cup squad
Spar Proteas Netball World Cup squad

“Also knowing the squad players have been working together with coach Norma [Plummer] before doesn’t feel like this is all new but just picking up from where we left before,” she added.

Msomi went on to encourage the selected players and emphasised how the team is prepared to start working together.

“There’s also a lot of work ahead of us and there’s a lot of work that we have done this far. But we know the journey that we are embarking on is going to be a tough and exciting one. Putting on the work from day one. Yes it’s also going to be challenging. But we are ready and we are going to take it on as we go.

“We are looking forward to getting together as the squad that was called today,” She concluded.

SPAR PROTEAS SQUAD

SQUAD – Bongiwe Msomi (c), Karla Pretorius (vc) Khanyisa Chawane, Izette Griesel, Owethu Ngubane. Refiloe Nketsa, Phumza Maweni, Lenize Potgieter, Lefebre Rademan, Nicola Smith. Jeante Strydom, Nichole Taljaard, Elmere van der Berg, Shadine van der Merwe & Ine-Mari Venter.

By Sinolwetu Tompela

PUMA and Netball South Africa today unveiled the new kit that the SPAR Proteas team will wear during the 2023 season. The Spar Proteas will also wear the kit during the Vitality Netball World Cup in Cape Town in July.

South Africa will host the prestigious event with 16 nations participating in the competition from the 28th of July. Puma and Netball SA took to their social media pages on Wednesday afternoon to make the announcement.

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“We will be seeing the girls showcasing and taking on the World in a beautiful kit that has meaning,” said NSA President Cecilia Molokwane.

“It all says that we’re United Warriors. This kit talks about our diversity in the country, the code of arms, how united we are as a country, and what sports can do in this country,” she added. 

The Spar Proteas players with Netball SA President Cecilia Molokwane.
The Spar Proteas players with Netball SA President Cecilia Molokwane

PUMA SA LAUNCHES NEW SPAR PROTEAS KIT 

Brett Bellinger Director of Marketing from PUMA also further explained the insight behind this kind of design.  

“I think over the past seasons we’ve been involved with Netball South Africa. We have always been inspired by the Protea on the kit and we have done graphic references to that.

The new Spar Proteas Kit for the Netball World Cup designed by PUMA
The new Spar Proteas Kit for the Netball World Cup designed by PUMA

“We thought we can’t do the same kind of thing for the world cup and for this kit. For us this is the most important piece that we’ve done for the team,” he said.

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“And we wanted to evolve our story telling a bit, be able to tell a narrative that moves beyond just the team by the kit. It needs to say something unifying South Africa, what the team stands for as well and to inspire them and the public to get behind the team,” he added.

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