At last SA netballers beat Jamaica

2012-06-20 13:32

After 28 years of netballing drought, the South African senior netball team finally beat Jamaica.

They trounced the islanders 56-49 in the third and final test played in Kingston, Jamaica.

Jamaica however, swept the test series 2-1 as they won the first two matches.

Coach Elize Kotze said for the last Test match she made players believe in their abilities and the strategy worked.

“I was hard on the girls and told them that they had to believe in themselves and if they did they would believe in the team and play as a strong unit.”

The inspiration seemed to work as the Proteas played a consistently aggressive attacking game throughout the four quarters allowing a limited attack by the Sunshine Girls,” said Kotze.

This was a surprise victory after the South African side suffered two losses - the first match saw South African going down 63-48 while they lost their second game?61-46.

Kotze made a change to her starting line-up by switching captain Amanda Mynhardt to goal defence and Vanes-Mari du Toit to goalkeeper.

“I thought hard about what would be best for the team. I think the changes made a difference. Fowler, the star goal shooter, was clearly troubled and I have said all along she is key to the team. My girls did well to take the gentle giants,” she added.

Mynhardt said: “We really have been working so hard for this win and we needed it. It came at the right time and we will take a lot from the win going forward.

Each one of us is proud tonight, proud for ourselves and proud for our country. We believed in ourselves individually and that spilt over to us believing in our team and the team’s effort.”

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