Good Proteas back on the winning track


The Protea netball team’s confidence got a nice boost this evening when they squared off with Trinidad and Tobago in Cape Town.

The South Africans gave their supporters a reason to smile when they finished the World Cup showdown 69 – 28.

Coach Norma Plummer pleaded beforehand that her team should implement the lessons they learned in Sunday’s loss to Jamaica and the players certainly listened to her.

They were now nimble and nimble on the court as they kept the scoreboard going.

Nichole Taljaard played a cracking shot in the goal circle and she was deservedly named the player of the match. She showed against Jamaica that she can make a difference on the court and she undoubtedly deserves her place in the starting team.

Admittedly, it was still not the perfect performance while Trinidad and Tobago cannot be compared to New Zealand or Australia at all, but the victory was the medicine that the South Africans needed.

As Plummer said after the Jamaica defeat – the Proteas’ World Cup journey is far from over.

South Africa play New Zealand on Wednesday at 18:00.

Protea Team: Ine-Marí Venter (goal), Nichole Taljaard (assist goal), Izette Griesel (attacking wing), Bongi Msomi (captain and center), Shadine van der Merwe (defensive wing), Karla Pretorius (assistant defender) and Nicola Smith (defender). Substitutes: Owethu Ngubane, Elmeré van der Berg, Khanyisa Chawane, Jeanté Strydom and Phumza Maweni.