South Africa national netball team

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South Africa
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Nickname(s)SPAR Proteas
AssociationNetball South Africa
ConfederationConfederation of African Netball Associations
Head coachDorette Badenhorst
CaptainBongiwe Msomi
Vice-captainKarla Pretorius
INF ranking5
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Team colours
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World Championships
2019 placing4th
Best result2nd (1995)
Commonwealth Games
2018 placing5th
Best result4th (1998)

The South Africa national netball team, nicknamed the SPAR Proteas, are the national netball team of South Africa. The SPAR Proteas are coached by Norma Plummer, and are captained by Bongiwe Msomi. The team are governed by Netball South Africa and sponsored by SPAR. South Africa are currently fifth in the INF World Rankings.


South Africa have long been among the top five ranked nations in netball, having twice won medals at the World Cup, once with a third-place finish in 1967 and later securing runner-up status to Australia in 1995.[1] The national team was barred from participating in international test matches in 1969 because of the country's apartheid policies and were not readmitted until 1995.[2] Their surprise appearance in 1995 World Cup Final came off the back of an historic victory over New Zealand earlier in the tournament and saw the team receive a medal from President Nelson Mandela personally.[2] The SPAR Proteas have failed to claim a medal at the Commonwealth Games.

As well as competing in World Cups and at the Commonwealth Games, the Proteas also regularly participate in the Quad Series against Australia, New Zealand and England, though the team has never finished above fourth place in the tournament. The Proteas also feature in the all-African Diamond Challenge tournament most years, which they have won on each occasion thus far.


Current team[edit]

The current squad was selected for the 2019 Netball World Cup.[3][4]

South Africa SPAR Proteas roster
Players Coaches
Name Pos DOB Height Club Nat Caps
Lenize Potgieter GS, GA 02/05/1994 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Southern Steel New Zealand
Ine-Marí Venter GS, GA 21/04/1995 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Melbourne Vixens Australia
Maryka Holtzhausen GA, WA 02/06/1987 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) Severn Stars England
Renske Stoltz GA, GS 30/10/1992 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in) South Africa
Erin Burger C, WA, WD 10/02/1987 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Stings South Africa
Izette Griesel C, WA South Africa
Khanyisa Chawane C 14/01/1996 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in) Crinums South Africa
Bongiwe Msomi (c) C, WA 19/01/1988 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in) Wasps Netball England
Shadine van der Merwe GD, GK, WD 25/11/1992 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Surrey Storm England
Karla Pretorius GD, WD 12/03/1990 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) Sunshine Coast Lightning Australia
Phumza Maweni GK, GD 04/09/1984 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) Sunshine Coast Lightning Australia
Zanele Vimbela GD, GK 28/04/1989 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Aloes South Africa
Head coach
Assistant coach
  • Nicole Cusack & Dumisani Chauke

  • (c) – Captain
  • (cc) – Co-captain
  • (vc) – Vice-captain
  • Injured or on maternity leave – Injury / maternity leave
  • (TRP) – Temporary Replacement Player
Player profiles: Team website Last updated: 23 May 2019

Competitive history[edit]

Netball World Cup
Year Championship Location Placing
1963 1st World Championships Eastbourne, England 6th
1967 2nd World Championships Perth, Australia Med 3.png 3rd
1971 3rd World Championships Kingston, Jamaica DNP
1975 4th World Championships Auckland, New Zealand DNP
1979 5th World Championships Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago DNP
1983 6th World Championships Singapore DNP
1987 7th World Championships Glasgow, Scotland DNP
1991 8th World Championships Sydney, Australia DNP
1995 9th World Championships Birmingham, England Med 2.png 2nd
1999 10th World Championships Christchurch, New Zealand 5th
2003 11th World Championships Kingston, Jamaica 5th
2007 12th World Championships Auckland, New Zealand 6th
2011 13th World Championships Singapore 5th
2015 14th World Cup Sydney, Australia 5th
2019 15th World Cup Liverpool, England 4th
Netball at the Commonwealth Games
Year Games Event Location Placing
1998 XVI Games 1st Netball Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4th
2002 XVII Games 2nd Netball Manchester, England 5th
2006 XVIII Games 3rd Netball Melbourne, Australia 7th
2010 XIX Games 4th Netball Delhi, India 6th
2014 XX Games 5th Netball Glasgow, Scotland 6th
2018 XXI Games 5th Netball Gold Coast, Australia 5th
Fast5 Netball World Series
Year Tournament Location Placing
2009 1st World Series Manchester, England DNP
2010 2nd World Series Liverpool, England 6th
2011 3rd World Series Liverpool, England 5th
2012 4th World Series Auckland, New Zealand Med 3.png 3rd
2013 5th World Series Auckland, New Zealand 4th
2014 6th World Series Auckland, New Zealand 5th
2016 7th World Series Melbourne, Australia 6th

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Women Netball IX World Championship 1995 Birmingham (ENG) 16-29.07 - Winner Australia".
  2. ^ a b "Birmingham 1995". International Netball Federation.
  3. ^ "Netball World Cup 2019: Squad lists for the 16 teams going to the tournament in Liverpool". BBC Sport. 25 May 2019.
  4. ^ "South Africa and Jamaica announce squads for Vitality Netball World Cup 2019". Sky Sport. 23 May 2019.

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