Proteas have medal hopes

Netball (Reg Caldecott)
Netball (Reg Caldecott)
Johannesburg - The South African netball team are confident they have made enough progress since 2010 to challenge for a medal at this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Proteas finished sixth at the 2010 Delhi Games and have since made great strides.

As part of their preparations for the Games, the Proteas will travel to Dubai in April for a quad series tournament against England, Jamaica and Malawi.

"This will be excellent preparation for the Games," said Netball SA's (NSA) director of selection, Christine du Preez.

"England are ranked third, Jamaica fourth and Malawi fifth in the world, and we need to beat them to have a chance of claiming a medal.

"We have beaten all of them in the past -- in fact, we've beaten Malawi three times in a row -- and this quad series will give us another opportunity to test ourselves against them."

Last year, NSA named a 35-member training squad to prepare for the Commonwealth Games. After their training camp in Potchefstroom last weekend, players had to undergo a number of trials and skills assessments.

"A few younger players impressed the selectors. Some of the older Proteas will have to work hard if they want to keep their positions in the team," Du Preez said.

The next training camp would be held from March 7 to 9 where the final squad would be selected.

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