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Netball making good progress

Carin Strauss, the head coach of the Proteas netball team, is pleased with the crop of players she has to work with after holding a quality training camp at the High Performance Centre at the University of Potchefstroom.

ÔÇ£There were a lot of positives to take out and one of those is the improvement in our attacking department. As the technical team we are not entirely satisfied with the fitness level of some players but that is an issue we are addressing with the players as well as their clubs and regions they represent, said Strauss.

ÔÇ£We focused on attack and I must say our playing performance is gradually improvingÔÇØ.

The Proteas’ next training camp will focus on athlete power. ÔÇ£We need to be physically prepared to deal with teams such as Fiji and Jamaica which is why our focal point for the next camp is on power play. We need to shape up our strength if we are to do well against physical oppositionÔÇØ, emphasised Strauss.

The past weekend’s training camp was assistant coach Cecilia Molokwane’s first involvement with the set-up. She praised Strauss. ÔÇ£Carin is a visionary coach, she has a plan and I am grateful to be a part of her team. We have a very good relationship and we work well together. I am here to learn and also contribute to the team’s success and the dream is to get back to the top five ranked team in the worldÔÇØ, Molokwane said.

Lynn Gunson, former New Zealand national coach and member of the International Coaches Committee, will attend the next training camp at Netball South Africa’s invitation. The Kiwi trainer will assist the technical coaching team prepare for the upcoming Tri-Nations series.

The Souyth African team is: 

Liezel Wium (Boland), Precious Mthembu (Ethekwini), Maryka Holtzhausen (Free State), Doretha Joubert (Free State), Adele Niemand (Free State), Zanele Mdodana (NMMU) Dumisani Chauke (NMMU), Mampho Tsotetsi (NMMU), Claudia Basson (Griqualand), Chrisna Botha (NW South), Tsakane Mbewe (Gauteng Central), Mary Ngwenya (Gauteng Central), Refiloe Mochaka (Gauteng Central), Elzet Engelbrecht (Free State), Zukelwa Cwaba (Amathole) Nosiphiwo Goda (Amathole), Erin Burger (Gauteng North), Simone van Heerden (Gauteng North), Kotze Heike (Gauteng North), Amanda Mynhardt (Gauteng North) and Annaret Viljoen (Gauteng West).