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Two wins for Proteas in Mamelodi

The SPAR South African team got off to the best possible start at the Africa qualifying games in Mamelodi, with comprehensive victories over Zimbabwe and Lesotho.

The teams that finish first and second in the eight-nation tournament will join Malawi as the African representatives at the world championships in Singapore next year. Our women’s team are also going to the Commonwealth Games in India next month.

The Proteas’ first match was against Zimbabwe, and South Africa won 64-29, in line with coach Carin Strauss’s determination to win matches by margins of more than 25 goals. The Zimbabwe team were very physical, and were frequently blown up for contact with opposition players. They were also guilty of sloppy handling of the ball, giving their South African opponents the advantage.

The South Africans, on the other hand, showed the benefit of their training camps, with their formations working perfectly and were very quick on the wing and in getting the ball into the goal area. ÔÇ£We’re very happy with a win, considering the way our opponents played,ÔÇØ said Strauss.┬á ÔÇ£Zimbabwe disrupted our play, but the Proteas kept their cool, stayed focused and did not allow emotions to get the better of them. I was also happy with the score for the first match.ÔÇØ

Strauss named a fresh starting line-up for the match against Lesotho, ensuring that every member of the squad had the chance to play on the opening day of the tournament, which ends on Thursday.

South Africa beat Lesotho 86-14 in the fast-paced last match of the day. Erin Burger was centre court and kept the match at a good pace. Strauss was very happy with the team’s performance and says it was good preparation for their match against Tanzania on Tuesday, which she thinks will be a bit tougher than the two that the SPAR Proteas played on Monday.

In other matches played on Monday, Tanzania beat Lesotho 50-25 and Botswana beat Namibia 59-34.