South Africa’s national netball team, SPAR Proteas are ready to compete and do battle at the 2020 Vitality Netball Nations Cup that will take place in England, across three cities namely Nottingham, London, and Birmingham.
The other three teams that will be playing against South Africa at the Vitality Netball Nations Cup include world champions New Zealand, Jamaica, and Commonwealth Champs and hosts England.
SPAR Proteas who have been in camp for a week in Nottingham is ready to go and play their first game against Jamaica on Sunday, 19th January who they recently beat 55 -52 at the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup in Liverpool a few months ago. The match on Sunday will be the first one where these two countries play together in Nottingham.
2019 saw the SPAR Proteas face England as many as six times in one year starting at the Quad Series where South Africa managed to come out as victors during that tournament. The other two meetings took place at the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup and the Roses won those two encounters. Quite recently, the two teams met in Cape Town again for a three-match series at the SPAR International Netball Challenge where England clinched the series 2-1.
The final match of the 2020 Vitality Netball Nations Cup will see the SPAR Proteas take on World Champions New Zealand. The last time the two teams played against each other was at the 2019 Quad Series in England. The SPAR Proteas pushed the Silver Ferns all the way to extra time and ended up losing by two points.
All the teams participating in this tournament are going through a rebuilding phase after the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup. There seems to be new coaching and playing personnel across the board and one gets a sense that this is in preparation for the next World Cup which will be staged in South Africa.
The SPAR Proteas games during the 2020 Vitality Netball Nations Cup are as follows and all games will be live on Supersport 10 (Channel 210):
- 19 January 2020 – SA vs Jamaica in Nottingham at 16:30
- 22 January 2020 – SA vs England in Birmingham at 22:00
- 25 January 2020 – SA vs New Zealand in London at 16:30
courtesy of: NetballSA