Proteas stroll into netball semi-finals

2013-06-27 00:00

THE Proteas eased into the semi-finals of the African Netball Championships when they outplayed Swaziland by 73-28 goals in their match yesterday.

Unaffected by the harsh African conditions of playing outdoors in the midday sun, the Proteas showed their strength against physical opponents. “We had a good game,” said coach Elize Kotze after the match.

“We had to keep motivated due to our strong lead, but we kept the focus and are setting our combinations for the final.”

Asset Vanes-Mari du Toit had a brilliant game, and her height, which outmatches any of the other players in the tournament, was a huge advantage.

“Vanes-Mari had a fantastic game. The Swaziland team were extremely physical in their goal circle, and they have some tall players, but they can’t match Vanes,” said Kotze. Despite the turnaround of players in each of the quarters, Swaziland were no competition for the girls in green and gold.

South Africa take on Uganda in tomorrow’s game at 4 pm.

“Defence is always tough against African countries because it is difficult to read the play,” said assistant coach Lana Krige. “But we play a faster game, which helps with possession of the ball. We don’t need to play such a physical game when we have speed on our side.” — Supplied.

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