CAPE TOWN – Following the fifteen names released by Netball South Africa in May, the federation has taken another step further and released a final list of twelve players who are part of the final team with three players as reserves.
Before the fifteen players were announced, Proteas head coach Norma Plummer had been with the team for a four-week training camp.
Locally based players went back to their respective provincial teams and played the remainder of the domestic Telkom Netball League whilst the overseas-based players concluded their leagues as well.
“As a federation, we have given Coach Norma and management team all the support they needed in preparing the best team for the World Cup,” said Cecilia Molokwane, Netball South Africa President.
“This will be for the first time in sixty years that a Netball World Cup is hosted on African soil, therefore our expectation for podium finish as hosts is a fair one. We can’t host and become spectators in our own backyard – we need to make sure that South Africa and other African countries make it to the podium come 6th August 2023.
“From Netball South Africa, we are pleased with the selected players, and we know for sure that they will do well. We are throwing all the much-needed support to the team, and we have full confidence in that and what they can deliver for us. This is their one chance to write their names in the history books.”
Team: Bongiwe Msomi (capt); Karla Pretorius (VC); Khanyisa Chawane; Izette Griesel; Phumza Maweni; Lenize Potgieter; Nicola Smith; Jeante Strydom; Nichole Taljaard; Elmere van der Berg; Shadine van der Merwe, Ine-Mari Venter
Reserves: Owethu Ngubane; Refiloe Nketsa and Lefebre Rademan
The team will meet again on the 14 of July 2023 in Cape Town for final training camp before the Netball World Cup.
The world cup starts on the 28 of July till 6 August 2023 and will be played at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
Source: Netball South Africa