Netball: Proteas suffer first loss
The Proteas suffered their first defeat in the Netball World Cup when they played against England in Liverpool on Thursday.
This was South Africa’s first recorded loss since the tournament began. The loss was at the hands of the world’s No 3-ranked side, England, with a 58-47 defeat.
The battle for the top spot in group G was at stake as both teams were already qualified for the semi-finals. The Roses outplayed the Proteas in the first quarter. England opened the eight points gap in the first quarter, Joanne Harten netted all nine and Helen Housby ten and led 19-11 going to the second quarter.
The Proteas lost their captain and centre Bongi Msomi in the first quarter who limped off with a knock.
South Africa fought back in the second quarter but lost 9-12 and were trailing 20-31 by half time. The third quarter was no different as the Proteas were looking to close the gap but England won the third quarter 12-10 and led by 43-30 score line.
The Proteas dug deep in the last quarter and won it 17-15, it was the Roses first quarter defeat in the tournament.
England recorded a sixth successive victory in the tournament. There were the better side as they dominated the game especially in the first quarter.
“One of the things we wanted to do was to work on some of the plays we were trying to do on the tournament and I think we were clinical, it was the good game to play in South Africa caused us many headaches,” said England coach Tracey Neville.
The Proteas coach Norma Plummer said, “England was in the money that was pretty obvious we were nervous going into something that we haven’t been in in 25 years,”
She also commented on Msomi’s injury, “We have a day to rest her and we can get her for the weekend and she should be okay on the weekend”.
The Proteas will play Australia on Saturday, 20 July.
Pictures: Reg Caldecott