Other sport 10.2.2015 05:31 pm

Proteas need take a serious approach

NSA Pesident Mimi Mthethwa, former Australian and new Protea coach Norma Plummer and ex-Spar Protea coach Bennie Saayman during the Spar Protea netball team training camp and press conference on February 10, 2015 at St Mary's DSG in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images)

NSA Pesident Mimi Mthethwa, former Australian and new Protea coach Norma Plummer and ex-Spar Protea coach Bennie Saayman during the Spar Protea netball team training camp and press conference on February 10, 2015 at St Mary's DSG in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images)

The Proteas netball team need to take a more serious approach if they wish to be ranked among the top contenders at the Netball World Cup in Sydney, later this year.

After spending a few days with the team at a training camp in Pretoria former Australian national coach Norma Plummer said the team were to casual in their approach.

“The players have the height and the speed and just need to work harder and be far more involved in working the ball correctly,” Plummer said.

“They need to lift the intensity and be more dynamic on the court because they are capable of being among the top contenders at the World Cup, they just need to be shown the way.”

The Proteas took part in their first training camp ahead of a tough 2015 season under newly appointed head coach Benny Saayman.

Saayman was joined by Plummer, who was tasked with introducing a new element to the side, that will make them contenders against the world’s top teams.

Following her appointment last month, Saayman was immediately plunged into the deep end having to build a formidable side at the World Cup in August.

With South Africa already lined up to play in the United Kingdom in May, Saayman believed the continuous exposure to high levels of training and competition would solidify the team ahead of the Cup competition.

“We have a lot of competitions lined up which will help us build a team in this short period so that we are ready for the World Cup,” Saayman said.

“We really need more of these opportunities where we come together and work as a team building on the skills that have been introduced by Norma during the camp.

“Over time, the team will resemble a more balanced outfit and will be strong enough to take on the top contenders.”

Saayman said she was impressed by the team’s pre-season form and believed the players still had a lot to show.

“It’s still early days so you can’t really pick out the main players yet, but there is a lot of talent in this team and slowly I will start seeing the players improve on their skills,” Saayman said.

“The girls are really motivated, their spirits are very high and you can see that they all want to represent their country.

“After the tournament in May I will be in a better position to identify the core players that I will work with and will then announce a team for the World Cup.”

 

 

 

 

 

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