Sigi Burger in South Africa squad for Quad Series
Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com - 21/07/2019 - Netball - Vitality Netball World Cup Bronze Medal match- England v South Africa - M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, England - Sigi Burger.
South Africa has been named amongst the four teams that will be competing in the 2022 Netball Quad Series in London as early as January. The other countries that are competing include hosts England, New Zealand, and Australia. The last time the SPAR Proteas played at the Quad Series was back in 2019 in London ahead of the Vitality Netball World Cup.
The four international sides will take to court between 15th – 19th January and will play eight games across the series and competing to win the coveted Netball Quad Series trophy.
The team has been very busy over the last three months, traveling to Ireland and Northern Island before traveling to Namibia where they successfully defended their Africa Netball Cup title.
SPAR Proteas head coach Dorette Badenhorst spent a week in Stellenbosch with a squad of players in a training camp where she was looking at selecting a team that will go represent South Africa come January in London. The following players have been chosen to represent South Africa at the 2022 Netball Quad Series:
Shooters: Sigrid Burger; Ine-Mari Venter; Lefebre Rademan; Elmere van der Berg; Jessica du Plessis
Midcourt: Khanyisa Chawane; Izette Griesel; Tshinakaho Mdau; Bongiwe Msomi (C)
Defence: Simone Rabie; Monique Reyneke; Phumza Maweni; Nicola Smith; Zanele Vimbela
Netball South Africa confirmed that the team will be traveling to London early January to prepare for the series and acclimatise. South Africa has also been removed from the red list by the United Kingdom and this has made traveling somewhat easier.
Following the team announcement, this is what Dorette Badenhorst had to say, “I am very happy with the work that the players put in during the training camp, it was also unfortunate that we could not have our UK based players due to travel restrictions however the intensity and hard work rate that came out from the ones we had here was impressive.”
A notable omission from the team is that of Karla Pretorius who announced that she will be taking some time off netball since she is expecting her first baby in 2022.
Badenhorst concluded by saying: “Quad series is a clash between the medal contenders for Commonwealth Games and for that reason I see no better preparation than this tournament. As a team we want to perform very well at this tournament, and I am looking forward to seeing how our new players will fare against top nations in the world and seeing how our combinations will work. This is a preparation for Commonwealth Games for us.”
Full list of fixtures for the Netball Quad Series as follows (times GMT):
|Date||Match||Time and Location|
|15 January 2022||Vitality Roses v SPAR Proteas||14.00 Copper Box Arena|
|15 January 2022||New Zealand v Australia||16.15 Copper Box Arena|
|16 January 2022||Australia v SPAR Proteas||14.00 Copper Box Arena|
|16 January 2022||Vitality Roses v New Zealand||16.15 Copper Box Arena|
|18 January 2022||SPAR Proteas v New Zealand||17.30 Copper Box Arena|
|18 January 2022||Vitality Roses v Australia||19.30 Copper Box Arena|
|19 January 2022||3rd v 4th||17.30 Copper Box Arena|
|19 January 2022||Final: 1st v 2nd||19.30 Copper Box Arena|