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Patched-up Proteas name squad for Quad Series


Several new faces will join the SPAR Proteas netball squad for the Quad Series in New Zealand and Australia next month.

This was announced by head coach Norma Plummer after a training camp in Pretoria. She described the loss of three key centre-court players as a major blow for the Proteas.

The three players are Precious Mthembu, still recovering from an injury sustained during the Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier this year; Izelle Griesel, who requires ankle surgery; and veteran player Erin Burger, who has been laid low by a virus and is expected to be out of action for another four months.

‘But this is an opportunity for other players to show what they can do,’ said Plummer. ‘Rome Dreyer has been knocking on the door for some time and finally gets the opportunity. I’m also very interested in Khanyisa Chawane and Jessica Khomo, who now get their chance.’

Goal attack Meagan Roux has also been included in the squad for the first time. ‘I’ve had my eye on her for a while. She also plays wing attack, so she is very versatile,’ Plummer continued.

Plummer said the 15-member squad would travel to New Zealand on 8 September for the first leg of the Quad Series, which includes Australia, New Zealand and England.

‘I will only have a week with them before their first match, so we’re taking a squad of 15 as a precaution.’

‘We lost Lenize Potgieter and Danelle Lochner right at the start of the Commonwealth Games and that really threw us off. I’m very happy to have both of them back,’ says Plummer.

Plummer suggested that England’s victory at the Commonwealth Games was very good for international netball. ‘As an Australian, I obviously wanted the Diamonds to win the gold medal, but England winning has given world netball the shot in the arm it needed.

‘A lot of English players are now playing in the Australian league, and a number of our Proteas as well. They are learning all the time, which means that the gap is being closed. I’ve always said we need to get as many Proteas as possible playing in Australian and New Zealand leagues.

‘New Zealand may have finished outside the medals, which shows they can be beaten, but I think they will soon be back where they were,’ Plummer commented.

The squad for the 2019 World Cup in Liverpool will be selected at a later stage.

SPAR Proteas squad: Bongiwe Msomi, Karla Pretorius, Khanyisa Chawane, Rome Dreyer, Maryke Holtzhausen, Jessica Khomo, Danelle Lochner, Phumza Maweni, Lenize Potgieter, Shadine van der Merwe, Ine-Mari Venter, Zanele Vimbela

Travelling reserves: Sigrid Burger, Meagan Roux, Monique Reynecke

Photo (left to right): Plummer, President of Netball South Africa, Cecilia Molokwane and skipper Bongi Msomi at Thursday’s press conference

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