South Africa v Wales


Fifth place at the 2013 World Youth Netball Championships went to South Africa who pulled off a defeat over Wales despite a disastrous third quarter.

South Africa's coach Dorette Badenhorst admitted her half time changes were a mistake, but said the team showed guts to bounce back.

Badenhorst opted to rest WA Izette Lubbe who sustained an injury in the first half. "The changes didn't work, but well done to the SPAR Baby Proteas for coming back."

South Africa went in with a game plan - "to keep our own possession." said Badenhorst. "We knew that they don't miss, and their goal shooter was their main player but they also have a brilliant mid field defence."

Wales trailed at the first break by three, and were chasing the Africans for the rest of the game. They won the third quarter 14-8 and levelled the score at 36 all during that session but never overturned the lead.

A worried Badenhorst was nervously watching. "I was just praying for the whole of the third quarter."

Wales let the South Africans run away in the final quarter, allowing an eight goal shooting spree, and the damage was done, with the final score ending 54-48.

Badenhorst said she was grateful for the fifth place, adding "I still think that South Africa can play in the top four."

Editorial courtesy Harriet Millard, Planet Netball​
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