Despite the SPAR Proteas falling short of a podium finish at the 2019 Netball World Cup (NWC) in Liverpool on Sunday, they were given some consolation with the news that their wing defence Karla Pretorius was named Player of the Tournament.

Pretorius was honoured during the medal ceremony in front of a packed M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.

The last South African to win the same award was Erin Burger in the 2011 NWC in Singapore.

Ironically Burger was the touring roommate of Pretorius in 2011. She says Burger inspired her.

Team sponsors SPAR announced that they would reward the team with R1.2 million in appreciation for their sterling effort at the World Cup. – Report by Vincent Sitsula