The South African SPAR Proteas got their Netball World Cup campaign off to a winning start on Friday evening with a 76-45 defeat of Trinidad and Tobago.
The sides traded goals in the early stages, however the SPAR Proteas quickly got into their stride, taking advantage of overthrown passes to take an 8-4 lead.
However, to the delight of the crowd, the Calypso Girls hit back strongly, narrowing the deficit to just one goal, before spurning an opportunity to equalise following an interception. After winning possession back in similar fashion, South Africa then pulled away, stretching their lead to four goals, and holding a 19-15 advantage.
In the second quarter, the South Africans made three consecutive possessions tell, with their attackers taking the score to 22-15, as the Caribbean side struggled to contain the unerring precision of their opponents.
Throughout the half, wing attack Bongiwe Msomi was a driving force, with her accurate, quick passes giving her team-mates good chances to score. A typical interception from her meant that South Africa entered the dressing rooms at half time with a commanding 40-25 lead and left the Calypso Girls with a mountain to climb in the second half.
Norma Plummer, SPAR Proteas Head Coach said: “We were expecting Trinidad and Tobago to come at us, and they did exactly that, my players really stood the test of time, I think we played very well and made sure that we get off the mark properly. I am happy and satisfied with the winning start.”
SPAR Proteas Lenize Potgieter earned herself a player of the match.
South Africa’s next match is against Fiji on Saturday 13 July 2019 at 18:05 UK Time and this match will be televised on SuperSport 10 across the continent.