Young talent makes Norma smile

Henry

Wednesday night’s draw against the Silver Ferns showed that the Proteas can not only hang with the best in the world, but also have the potential to deal with the top teams.

South Africa’s brilliant defenders reversed possession a few times against the New Zealanders and better finishing could have brought even bigger smiles.

Still, a draw against formidable opponents after an excellent fight back definitely deserves a big pat on the back.

Needless to say, coach Norma Plummer is proud of her team and she especially singled out the younger players. Nichole Taljaard showed, among other things, that she can stand strong in a pressure cooker situation when she was in the spot with a very important goal just before the end of the game.

“The younger players especially made their presence felt on the court. Just look at Nichole – she was named player of the match for the second time in a row. They are reaping the rewards of their hard work,” Plummer said.

In order to secure second place in the group, the Proteas will not only have to deal with Uganda decently later today, but they will also have to keep their fingers crossed that Jamaica hand out blows against the Kiwis.

Thanks to Jhaniele Fowler’s skills, Jamaica boasts the most goals in Group G of the tournament, while the Kiwis once again conceded the fewest goals in the group.

Group G standings:

  1. Jamaica: 8 points
  2. New Zealand: 7 points
  3. South Africa: 5 points
  4. Uganda: 4 points
  5. Wales: no points
  6. Trinidad and Tobago: no points

Results:

Sri Lanka 60 – 56 Barbados

South Africa 48 – 48 New Zealand

Jamaica 89 – 26 Trinidad and Tobago

Uganda 73 – 56 Wales

Zimbabwe 68 – 40 Singapore

Today’s terms:

9am: Australia v England and Wales v Trinidad and Tobago

11am: Jamaica v New Zealand and Fiji v Scotland

16:00: South Africa vs Uganda

18:00: Tonga vs Malawi.