Proteas netball team to take on world’s best- 23 Mar 2012 00:00:00
The Spar South African netball team is set to test their skills against the best teams in the world later this year, after it was revealed that the Proteas team will take part in a Quad Series in October, along with world champions, Australia, second-ranked New Zealand and England, who finished third in the world championships in Singapore last year.
Each team will play three matches in Australia and three in New Zealand.
Netball South Africa (NSA) president Mimi Mthethwa told Sport24: ‘It's a very exciting opportunity. Since Singapore (where South Africa came fifth) the top teams have recognised that we can be very competitive.’
‘They understand that South Africa is on the way back to the top.’
The stronger opposition is also important for the team’s preparation towards the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.
Mthethwa added: ‘The Quad Series will give them an excellent platform for the road ahead.’
‘It is important for them to play at a very high level on a sustained basis. Playing in this kind of tournament, against the best in the world, means the Proteas have opportunities to learn and grow.’
‘We can't keep on playing against Malawi and teams that are our equal or weaker. The only way to achieve our goal of being one of the top three is to keep playing the very best.’
The Quad Series opens in Adelaide on 14th October, ending in Hamilton, New Zealand, on 1st November.