Pretoria, South Africa – The SPAR Baby Proteas marched to an easy win in the final test of the U21 test series, played at the LC De Villiers Sports Centre in Pretoria on Monday evening, when they beat Zimbabwe 53-27.
The SPAR South African team set the pace of the match when they scored the first goal within a minute of the start whistle, and followed by an intercept, monopolising on the basic errors that were being made by their Zimbabwean opponents. South African goal defence Rochelle Lawson had a great game, and was responsible for the majority of those intercepts. She was later announced best defence player, as well as player of the tournament.
Capitalising on their lead that continued into the second quarter, the SPAR Baby Proteas were not afraid to make ambitious moves, even if they didn’t always go their way. Mari-Lena Joubert on goal attack was taking some bold shots at goal, and at half time the girls in green and gold were leading 30-11.
Coach Dorette Badenhorst made a number of changes in the third quarter, which didn’t bode well for the South African team. Zimbabwe played this to their advantage and outscored the South Africans by 9 goals, to their 8. However, this was turned back around in the last quarter with the re-introduction of some key players. “We are struggling at this stage with our second line up” said coach Dorette Badenhorst, “so it is important for us to go back and work with those players.” There is still a lot of hard work for us ahead of the World Youth Championships in August, but we have got the talent, now we just need to work with that talent.”