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Proteas set to overtake Malawi

By Matome Lebea | Jun 30, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

NETBALL South Africa's deputy president Blanche de la Guerre is confident that the Spar national team will move to fifth place on the world rankings.

The side coached by Carin Strauss defeated Samoa 66-49 in the final leg of their two-Test series in Samoa at the weekend. The South Africans won the first Test match 54-46 on Wednesday.

De la Guerre said the Proteas, who are currently ranked sixth, should topple their nemesis Malawi from fifth place when the world rankings are released on Thursday.

"We are extremely satisfied with the girls' performance and hope that they will use the acquired skills to the benefit of the country. They played exceptionally well, to the satisfaction of the technical team," De la Guerre said yesterday.

"Coaches were able to test different combinations, which produced good results.

"Winning the series has motivated the girls as they prepare for the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India in October and the Fast-Net tournament in Manchester, England, in November," she said.

On the selection of the team for the Commonwealth Games, De la Guerre said: "The selectors are likely to maintain the current team. These players did not only impress in Samoa, but also did well in the friendly matches in New Zealand. Their experience will be vital for us in India."

The Proteas team that toured New Zealand and Samoa is: Sindiswe Gumede, Nthabiseng Moabi, Maryka Holtzhausen, Liezel Wium (captain), Amanda Mynhardt, Leigh-Ann Zackey, Zanele Mdodana, Claudia Basson, Precious Mthembu, Zukelwa Cwaba, Christine Markgraaff, Evin Burger.


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