Bellville, Western Cape Province, South Africa: Cape Town, host city for the 2023 Netball World Cup, will be the venue for the annual SPAR National Netball Championships from Monday December 6 to Saturday December 11.
The Senior and Under-21 championships will run concurrently, with more than a thousand participants.
This tournament will be played on a district basis, which provides more opportunities than the provincial system. A total number of 95 teams have confirmed entry, with 54 competing in the senior tournament and the balance of 41 at Under-21 level.
The SPAR national championships are usually played during Women’s month, in August, but had to be postponed this year because South Africa was in the throes of the third wave of the Covid-19 virus, and was under Level Three restrictions at the time.
Fittingly, the tournament will be played during the Sixteen Days of Activism against Women and Children abuse. Both Netball South Africa (NSA) and SPAR have committed themselves to the campaign against GBV and the players will affirm their commitment during the opening ceremony on Monday December 6.
NSA Vice President and Tournament Director, Mami Diale, said there would be strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols during the tournament.
“A limited number of spectators will be allowed, but they will have to produce their Covid-19 vaccination certificates before they are allowed in,” said Diale.
“The number of spectators will be strictly controlled to ensure that they do not exceed the numbers permitted by the Government.
Matches will be played at Hoërskool DF Malan in Bellville, which has exceptionally good facilities, with more than seven netball courts.
“We are so pleased that the 2021 SPAR National Championships are being held in Cape Town,” said SPAR Marketing Executive Mike Prentice.
“It has once again been a difficult year for everyone, but with the Netball World Cup taking place in less than two years, it is important that we are able to see what talent is available in South Africa,” said Prentice.
“We look forward to fierce competition at all levels, but we also know that matches will be played in a good spirit.”
Defending champions in both the Senior and Under-21 Championships are Tshwane Senior and Tshwane U21.
Selected matches will be broadcast on SuperSport OTT1 Channel 244 on DStv, which you can stream here now.dstv.com if you are a subscriber. Finals LIVE on SuperSport Variety 4 Channel 209 (SuperSport Variety 4/Select 2 in Africa).
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England Netball are delighted to announce a ‘Netball Quad Series’, as part of the Vitality Netball International Series, which will see the Vitality Roses host the Australian Diamonds, New Zealand Silver Ferns and South Africa’s SPAR Proteas in London in January 2022.
Subject to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the four international sides will take to the court on January 15, 16, 18 and 19 at the Copper Box Arena in London, playing a total of eight games across the series and each competing to win the coveted ‘Netball Quad Series’ trophy.
The ‘Netball Quad Series’ was last held in London in 2019, which saw the Australian Diamonds crowned overall winners. This time round the four sides will go head-to-head once, with a third and fourth place game and a final to decide the victorious nation.
The Copper Box Arena, London, will once again open its doors to fans to watch some of the most exciting netball talent in the world go head-to-head on court in what promises to be an incredible four days of live netball action.
Fran Connolly, CEO of England Netball, said: “We are thrilled to be able to confirm the Netball Quad Series – one of the most anticipated international competitions in the global netball calendar. To host such respected international sides in London, and to bring such thrilling netball action to our fans, is incredibly exciting for everyone at England Netball.
“Continuing to operate and deliver elite netball during these times remains challenging and our thanks must go to the staff and players from Netball Australia, Netball New Zealand and Netball South Africa who have worked tirelessly to confirm this event.
“2022 is a year like no other for netball in this country, and as we rebuild our game following the pandemic and look ahead to defending our gold medal in Birmingham next summer, the opportunity to host such a compelling international competition means we can keep the spotlight firmly on our sport, build excitement for the year ahead, and continue to inspire the next generation of netballers to get involved in, play and follow our game.”
Jess Thirlby, Vitality Roses Head Coach, added: “To welcome the world’s best teams to London and reignite the Netball Quad Series is a great way to start the new year and provides us with much needed competition to test ourselves as we move ever closer to the hugely anticipated Commonwealth Games.
“Despite the challenges we’ve faced navigating the global pandemic over the last two years we have managed to seek opportunities which have seen us take on the world’s best, but overseas. Hosting international sides in front of fans makes this series really special.
“The Vitality Roses are so proud to wear the red dress and represent the wider Netball family and we hope to put out performances that they can be proud of too.
“The depth and breadth in quality across the team is the best I’ve known it in recent years’, and we continue to strive to be better with every performance.”
England Netball members can purchase tickets to the Netball Quad Series, as part of the Vitality Netball International Series, in an exclusive pre-sale window from Tuesday 23 November at midday, with general sale tickets available from Monday 29 November.
Broadcast information to be announced.
Full list of fixtures and times (GMT) for the Netball Quad Series as follows:
|Date||Match||Time (GMT) and Location|
|15 January 2022||Vitality Roses v South Africa||14.00 Copper Box Arena|
|15 January 2022||New Zealand v Australia||16.15 Copper Box Arena|
|16 January 2022||Australia v South Africa||14.00 Copper Box Arena|
|16 January 2022||Vitality Roses v New Zealand||16.15 Copper Box Arena|
|18 January 2022||South Africa v New Zealand||17.30 Copper Box Arena|
|18 January 2022||Vitality Roses v Australia||19.30 Copper Box Arena|
|19 January 2022||3rd v 4th||17.30 Copper Box Arena|
|19 January 2022||Final: 1st v 2nd||19.30 Copper Box Arena|
16 NOVEMBER 2021, Windhoek – The SPAR Proteas’ last match for the Africa Netball Challenge was against host Namibia in the first game on the eight (and last) day of the tournament.
South Africa came into this match as firm favourites to win this one as they have not lost a single game in the tournament thus far, however Namibia as the hosts enjoyed home ground advantage.
SPAR Proteas coach Dorette Badenhorst made a few changes from the team that played against Uganda yesterday and we saw the likes of Khanyisa Chawane, Lefebre Rademan and Ine-Mari Venter starting this morning.
The Namibian side did not sit back in the opening quarter as they took the game to South Africa as soon as the first whistle went. Julene Meyer, head coach of Namibia, made a strategic change very early in the quarter bringing in Moolman at Wing Attack. A closely contested first quarter ended 16-10 in favour of South Africa.
In the second quarter Badenhorst made a few positional changes midcourt swapping Msomi and Chawane around, Simone Rabie coming in for Phumza Maweni at the back and Jamie van Wyk at Wing Defence.
South Africa’s dominance continued in this quarter even though Namibia kept coming, the SPAR Proteas made sure that they settle in the driving seat. The defense duo of South Africa made sure that they restrict Namibia to only securing six points in fifteen minutes. The quarter ended 32-16 to the SPAR Proteas.
The third quarter was a high scoring one and it was the first time in this match that Namibia managed to score double figures against South Africa, they managed to put twelve goals against seventeen of the SPAR Proteas. As it has been the case throughout the tournament, South Africa sealed the game in this quarter and ended it 49-28. Badenhorst had also started giving some of the young players a run in this quarter.
South Africa’s winning record in this tournament remained unmatched, they are yet to lose a match in this competition. The SPAR Proteas won the match 65-39 and retained their title as Africa Netball Cup Champions.
“We knew that Namibia will give us a run for our money, we understood that they will bring their A game here today and we needed to be ready for that. I am really proud of how the girls rallied together and made sure that they deliver for the team. Whoever we put in today understood what the assignment was, regardless of where you come from the KPI’s do not change. We needed to make sure that we deliver,” said SPAR Proteas assistant coach Dumisani Chauke.
Quarter Score Breakdown:
Q1: SA 16-10 Namibia
Q2: SA 32-16 Namibia
Q3: SA 49-28 Namibia
Q4: SA 65-39 Namibia
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15 NOVEMBER 2021, Windhoek – The encounter between both the SPAR Proteas and Uganda She Crane was always going to be a tough battle on court. South Africa may have a psychological advantage against Uganda considering that the last time these two sides met South Africa won the match.
Uganda were the first team to get off the mark and really took the game to the SPAR Proteas who were forced to chase the game and fight back to take the lead on the eighth minute. A few possession turnovers and errors made it hard for South Africa. At the end of the first quarter, the SPAR Proteas enjoyed a three point lead. The score was 13-10 in favour of South Africa.
Uganda did not let this deter them as they started the second quarter the same way they did the first one. The first centre pass of this quarter belonged to them and they made sure that they convert it and reduced their score deficit to two points.
The resilience and fighting spirit of the SPAR Proteas team and their never die attitude proved to be very pivotal as they had to dig deep to come out of their shells, challenged Uganda and made sure that they take the lead ending the quarter 28-22.
South Africa did not rest and came into the third quarter, they played with the same intensity that they had in the second quarter. During this series, the SPAR Proteas have sealed their victories in the third quarter of every single match. At some point in this match, they enjoyed a ten point lead and managed to pull away ending the quarter 42-30.
Dorette Badenhorst seemed to stick to the same players for three quarters and just moving them around into different positions throughout the match. This seems to have worked very well in her favour as they won the match 57-37.
“We knew that it was going to be a physical match against Uganda and we needed to be mentally ready for that one. There is a lot happening outside of the four lines however ours is to make sure that we concentrate on the game. Playing against other African countries is always tough and as I have been saying since day one, we will underestimate no one, everyone gets the same respect from us,”said SPAR Proteas Head Coach Dorette Badenhorst.
Quarter Score Breakdown:
Q1: SA 13-10 Uganda
Q2: SA 28-22 Uganda
Q3: SA 42-30 Uganda
Q4: SA 57-37 Uganda
South Africa will play their final match of the tournament against hosts Namibia on Tuesday 16 November 2021 at 09:00 SA time. This match will be streamed live on Netball South Africa’s Facebook page.