Wales Netball: Sara Hale announces squad for South Africa Test

The nationwide aspect will meet the SPAR Proteas on October 24 and return to courtroom after a chronic interval away because of the affect COVID-19 had on the worldwide calendar; Dorette Badenhorst has named a 15-player South Africa squad

Final Up to date: 14/10/21 5:17pm

Wales Netball are making ready for a Take a look at match in opposition to South Africa (Picture credit score – Sporting Wales)

Wales head coach Sara Hale has introduced a 12-player squad for the nationwide aspect’s forthcoming Take a look at in opposition to South Africa.

The competition is about to happen in Lisburn, Northern Eire on October 24, as each groups look to achieve beneficial sport time forward of subsequent 12 months’s Commonwealth Video games.

Like so many nationwide sides, Wales and South Africa have not been in a position to take to the courtroom in a very long time attributable to COVID-19, and this match will present each head coaches with very important insights about their gamers.

For this Take a look at match, Suzy Drane and Nia Jones will carry out the roles of co-captains and Hale has introduced a squad that accommodates a superb mix of skilled gamers and contemporary faces.

Wales Squad for Take a look at in opposition to South Africa

Suzy Drane (Co-captain) Nia Jones (Co-captain) Betsy Creak
Morganne Dunne Zoe Matthewman Georgia Rowe
Celyn Emanuel Clare Jones Shona O’Dwyer
Ella Powell-Davies Christina Shaw Leila Thomas

“Any alternative for us to play in opposition to South Africa is a welcome one,” Hale mentioned.

“We’re actually trying ahead to travelling to Northern Eire to face the SPAR Proteas and check ourselves, in what is an important 12 months for us, as we purpose to qualify for Commonwealth Video games.”

“I’m actually trying ahead to seeing what we will do in opposition to a top-five nation.”

Badenhorst proclaims South Africa squad

In the meantime, the SPAR Proteas’ head coach Dorette Badenhorst has chosen a bunch of 15 athletes for his or her forthcoming sequence of matches, which incorporates their Take a look at in opposition to Wales.

South Africa had initially deliberate to compete in opposition to Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago within the Margaret Beckford Sunshine Sequence, nevertheless determined to not partake within the sequence attributable to COVID-19 precautions.

South Africa Squad for Worldwide Sequence

Phumza Maweni Boitumelo Mahloko Karla Pretorius
Simone Rabie Simone Rabie Bongiwe Msomi (Captain)
Refiloe Nketsa Tshinakaho Mdau Izette Griesel
Khanyisa Chawane Ine-Mari Venter Lefebre Rademan
Sigi Burger Elmere van der Berg Jessica du Plessis

4 of Badenhorst’s choices – Boitumelo Mahloko, Jessica du Plessis, Refiloe Nketsa and Elmere van der Berg – will likely be seeking to acquire their first caps on the journey.

“As coaches we’re very grateful to have some sport time,” she mentioned.

“We now have set ourselves some targets on and off courtroom. We’ll take each alternative to strive some mixtures, construct new ones and ideal the present ones we now have, as nicely.

South Africa Sequence Fixtures

October 16 SPAR Proteas vs Netball Eire
October 17 SPAR Proteas vs Netball Eire
October 22 SPAR Proteas vs Scottish Thistles
October 24 SPAR Proteas vs Wales

“The spirit within the camp is excellent and these gamers have labored exhausting on and off courtroom. For a few of these gamers, that is their first time outdoors of the nation, they’ve labored exhausting to get right here and confirmed some character.

“As a crew we’re constructing on relationships and can go on the market to play some nice netball.”

In complete the SPAR Proteas will play 5 matches throughout their tour, with their first being in opposition to Netball Eire on October 16.

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