Two more South African netball players have been head hunted by a team in the United Kingdom’s prestigious Netball Super League for the 2016 season. Proteas star goal shooter Lenize Potgieter and goal defence Karla Mostert will ply their trade at the most decorated Super League team, Bath, for the 2016 season. Potgieter and Mostert will head to the UK knowing that they will be playing for a side that has five Super League titles to their name with the most recent coming in the 2013 season.
The pair are the latest of a few select South Africans to have played in this league in the 2015 campaign. They follow in the footsteps of Proteas captain Maryka Holtzhausen and goal defence Phumza Maweni who played for Loughborough Lightning as well as centre Bongiwe Msomi who was signed by Surrey Storm. The news of South African stars being recruited by the international team has been met with applause from Netball South Africa’s CEO Blanche De La Guerre, who says: ‘We are very happy for all our players and it shows just how much talent we have in the country. We spend a lot of time on talent identification and developing our players and such an honour means that our programmes are on the right track. We are also happy that they are training regularly and from November to December they are coming back to celebrate festive season with their families and they resume the season in January. It’s a lovely opportunity to train with intensity and to be on the court every day.’
The Super League starts in January and ends in May. Upon its completion the South African starlets will come back home for the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League season. South Africa is not the only African country represented in this league as it also boasts talent from Namibia and Uganda. The league also has players from Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, England, Grenada, Wales, Namibia and Scotland.
De La Guerre says: ‘This opportunity is not only a great adventure for the players but it will also provide them with much needed experience when representing the SPAR Proteas and their respective Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League teams. We wish them the very best.’
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