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Thu Apr 24 23:47:25 SAST 2014

Proteas bag bronze medal

Sapa | 11 November, 2012 12:320 Comments
Fast5 Netball World Series - Day Two
Vanes-Mari du Toit of South Africa and Karyn Howarth of Australia contest the ball in the match between Australia and South Africa during day two of the Fast5 Netball World Series at Vector Arena on November 10, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand
Image by: Phil Walter / Getty Images

A 38-34 victory over Jamaica in the third place playoff on Sunday secured South Africa a bronze medal at the Fast 5 World Netball Series in Auckland, New Zealand.

It was South Africa’s best performance in an international tournament since they won silver at the world championships in Birmingham in 1995.

The victory was a team effort, with the Proteas going back to the basics. Centre court players Bongiwe Msomi and Simnikiwe Mdaka, both played pivotal roles in keeping the ball moving, while goalkeeper Vanes-Mari du Toit displayed quality keeping.

Captain Mdaka said the players were thrilled to be going home with a medal.

“We had to come from behind to win, but South Africans are fighters, and we never gave up hope,” said Mdaka.  

“We came here determined to win a medal — any medal — and it’s fantastic to have done that.” 

Earlier on, runners-up England outplayed the Proteas in their semi-final encounter, beating them 39-15. England controlled the possession throughout the match, denying South Africa the opportunity to go for goals.

In other matches, New Zealand took gold with a nail-biting 23-21 victory over England, while Malawi beat Australia 33-30 to take fifth place.

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