Roses win “Battle of the Flowers”

The SPAR Proteas put on a brave performance but fell short of the bronze medal ending 4th in the Vitality Netball World Cup after losing to England 42-58.

Norma Plummer, South Africa’s Head coach who joined the team in 2014, as well as Assistant Coach, Nicole Cusack have both indicated that they will be stepping down as the team’s coaches after the World cup.

“We are sad that we could not win the medal as we had hoped and planned, it was a tough game and always tricky to face the same team twice in a space of three days. I think England put up a great fight, they came at us very strongly and made it count when it mattered the most. It was a tough game. As a team we have grown and developed, take nothing away from this team. When you look at where we started to where we are today; I think we are better team and better players. On behalf of the team we wish Ma (coach Norma) everything of the best, we would like to keep her forever though,” said SPAR Proteas captain Bongiwe Msomi.

New Zealand, who last won the World Cup in 2003, were crowned the 2019 Vitality World Cup Champions when they defeated defending champions Australia 52-51 in the much anticipated final.

 

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