South Africa’s Dorette Badenhorst and Dumisani Chauke (Gallo)
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The SPAR Proteas will take part in the Netball Quad Series, which will see the England Roses host the Australian Diamonds, New Zealand Silver Ferns and South Africa in London in January 2022.
The series, which will consist of eight games, will take place at the Copper Box Arena in London will take to the court on 15, 16, 18 and 19 January.
The Netball Quad Series was last held in London in 2019, which saw Australia lift the coveted trophy.
The Copper Box Arena will open its doors to local fans to watch the action live as the four sides will go head-to-head once, with a third and fourth place game and a final to decide the victorious nation.
This is the perfect build-up to the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will be hosted in Birmingham from 28 July to 8 August with the England Roses set to defend their gold medal.
“2021 was a great year for the Proteas, we got some game time on the court. There was a lot of players, who got an opportunity to play for the Proteas this year because of our international players playing abroad and picking up injuries,” said Proteas head coach Dorette Badenhorst.
“The Quad Series is always a highlight for us and it’s a great opportunity to play against the best in the world. If we want to become the best, we have to play the best and this is the first time since January 2020 that we play against the top teams in the world.
“We’re grateful for the opportunity to be invited and we will take the opportunity. Several of our stars won’t be available due to injury, but we’ll give our best with the current young squad we have. We’ll definitely go out and set some goals, our team is working hard to keep our losses as low as possible and those goal averages as high.”
Despite the Proteas the underdogs heading into the series, Badenhorst is looking forward to seeing her new-look side take on the world’s best in London.
“If you play disciplined netball, then it will be possible to do good against these teams. Although we’re not with our star players, it’s no excuse and it’s an opportunity for our other players to show talent,” said Badenhorst.
“We worked hard this year on settling on certain combinations and I’m looking forward to seeing how these girls do against the best.
“We’ll try and go in every game we’ll be playing. We know it’s going to be tough, but we need to participate before Commonwealth against these sides. We’re nearly there and we’re going to make sure we play brilliant netball.”
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.”
— Netball South Africa (@Netball_SA) November 23, 2021