Harare – South Africa’s netball national team, the Proteas, clinched this year’s Spar Challenge Tri-Nation series with an unbeaten campain.
The tri-nation series featured hosts South Africa, Uganda, Namibia and two of the hosts’ developmental sides, South Africa President’s XI and South Africa U-21.
The Spar Proteas finished on the top of the table after winning six of their matches, followed by The She Cranes of Uganda who won three matches against Namibia.
The Diamond Jewels finished bottom of the table having failed to secure a victory during the course of the tournament.
Proteas coach Dorette Badenhorst said the tournament will go a long way in the teams’ preparations ahead of the Commonwealth Games next year to be held in Birmingham and the 2023 Netball World Cup.
“These were ranking matches, and because Uganda are in the top 10, we get good ranking points from beating them.
“It was also valuable to see the depth of talent in the next tier of players. Some of them will play at the World Cup and it is good to see how much talent we have,” Badenhorst.
South Africa and Uganda shared the four individual awards on offer.
South Africa’s goal defender Monique Reyneke was named the player of the tournament while her counterpart Bongi Msomi was crowned the Best Mid-court player for the tournament.
The duo of Uganda She Cranes, Joan Nampungu and Irene Nyaru were named as the best defender and shooter for the tournament.