Netball South Africa (NSA) announces a team that will compete at the 2019 World Cup in Liverpool, England from the 12-21 July, in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
The 12-women strong team comprises of experienced and up and coming youngsters. There is also a mix of overseas-based players and locally-based players in the world-cup bound team.
Norma Plummer will be assisted by Nicole Cusack and Dorette Badenhorst.
Netball SA president Cecilia Molokwane announced the team and management staff.
The team also has four black players including Captain Bongi Msomi, Khanyisa Chawane, Zanele Vimbela and Phumza Maweni. Molokwane says they selected black players on merit with no pressure of quota system.
SA finished third at the 1967 World Cup in England, and also finished second at the 1995 World Cup again in England. Molokwane is expecting the team to return with a medal.
The team will be dressed by popular sports apparel Puma for the duration of the world cup. Netball has acquired few sponsors in recent weeks including Telkom and Twizza to sponsor the Premier League.
Molokwane is happy with the latest developments.
Assistant coach Dorette Badenhorst has been in charge of the locally-based players in the Premier League, which is currently underway.
The team is playing against other teams in the league and will play against the male teams this coming weekend. She says it was not easy to come up with the final team.
Players-Lenize Potgieter, Ine-Marie Venter, Maryka Holtzhausen, Renske Stoltz, Erin Burger, Izette Griesel, Khanyisa Chawane, Bongiwe Msomi, Shadine Van der Merwe, Karla Pretorius, Phumza Maweni, Zanele Vimbela. – Report by Vincent Sitsula