Netball : Spar Baby Proteas World Youth Cup Background
The 8th edition of the Netball World Youth Cup Gaborone 2017 starts on Saturday (8-16 July) in Botswana with the Junior Proteas aiming to achieve their best campaign yet.
🏆 The South African u21 team, known as the SPAR Baby Proteas, will participate in their 6th tournament, having missed out on the first two in 1988 and 1992 when South Africa wasn’t allowed to participate. Their previous positions they achieved were: 1996 = 6th; 2000 = 5th; 2005 = 5th; 2009 = 7th; 2013 = 5th.
🏆 The Baby Proteas are drawn with Zimbabwe, Barbados, Singapore and Australia in Pool B. The top two teams in each of the four pools qualify for the quarter-finals.
🏆 With four of the current squad members in their team last year, the Baby Proteas managed a 42-31 victory over Zimbabwe at the 2016 Africa qualifying event.
🏆 The Baby Proteas haven’t met either Zimbabwe or Singapore in a World Cup match before. In the only fixture against Barbados (in 2013) the South Africans won by 59-20.
🏆 Australia, who won silver in Glasgow four years ago. In all five previous tournaments the teams met in the group stage, each time ending in win for the Aussies. In 1996 it was 70-50, in 2000 it ended 69-24, five years it was 62-30 and in 2009 73-22. Four years ago Australia ended victorious by 59-27.
🏆 The Baby Proteas starts off with Barbados on Saturday, followed by Zimbabwe on Sunday, Singapore on Tuesday and finally Australia on Wednesday.
🏆 For the first time the Baby Proteas will be coached by the same person for two consecutive campaigns, namely Dorette Badenhorst.
🏆 Out of the 2013 team five players have since become Proteas. They are Kifiloe Tsotetsi, Mari-Lena Joubert, Izette Griesel, Rochelle Loubser and Shadine van der Merwe. Juline Rossouw was a non-traveling reserve.
🏆 From the 2009 team, Nadia Uys Pienaar, Bongi Msomi and Nokubonga Sibiya were later chosen for the national team. Two future Proteas, Annemarie Frost and Vanes-Mari du Toit, were non-traveling replacements.
🏆 The 2005 team produced a staggering eight senior national players in Claudia Basson, Tsakane Mbewe, Nthabiseng Mbatha, Mampho Tsotetsi, Anchen du Plessis, Zanele Madodana, Adéle Niemand and Nontle Gwavu. Anopther one, Elzet Engelbrecht, was a non-traveling replacement.
🏆 The team of 2000 produced seven Proteas. They were Danlee Booysen, Lizanne Helmand, Adele Jonker, Simi Mdaka, Martha Mosoahle, Tanya Pelcher and Yolandi Saalmans.
🏆 In 1996 Shani Welthagen, Corlie Oberholzer, Leana du Plooy, Liezel Wium, Bronwyn Bock and Wanda Geldenhuys played for the SA u21’s and later the senior national team.
🏆 The first four Protea u21 teams to World Cups all had a future Protea captain in their midst – Msomi (2009), Mdodana (2005), Mosoahle (2000) and Bock (1996).
(Photo: Zander Erasmus)