Netball South Africa has backed Team SA to bag a netball medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games that kicked off in Scotland on Thursday. Buoyed by an impressive whitewash of Team Scotland during the three-match Test series in Cape Town last month, Netball SA president Mimi Mthethwa said the federation was very confident of their team doing well in Glasgow. “The team’s preparations have gone very well over the last few months starting with the Brutal Fruit Netball Cup. With the successful Test series against Scotland as well as a strong showing by some of our players at the University championships our players have had the much-needed game time to be able to fire on all cylinders,” said Mthethwa.
Team South Africa start their Pool B campaign against Trinidad and Tobago on Friday (25th); Barbados on Saturday (26th); England on Sunday (27th); Wales on Tuesday (29th); Australia on Wednesday (30th). The top two teams from their group will proceed to the semi-finals. Twelve countries will be competing in netball at the Games. Pool A consists of hosts Scotland world number one New Zealand, Malawi, Jamaica, Northern Ireland and St Lucia.
Team SA, who are currently ranked sixth on the International Netball Federation rankings, include a mix of experience and exciting young talent. Chrisna van Zyl; Maryka Holtzhausen; Melissa Myburgh; Bongi Msomi; Erin Burger; Precious Mthembu; Zanele Mdodana; Zanele Vimbela; Karla Mostert; Adele Niemand; Lenize Potgieter and Kefiloe Tsotetsi. Defender Tsotsetsi and attacker Potgieter are new additions to the squad having impressed national team coach Elize Kotze during the Brutal Fruit Netball Cup.
“We want to take this opportunity to wish the entire Team SA all the best for the competition and we have no doubt that they will give their all to make us proud,” said Mthethwa.