Proteas Netball World Cup squad beaming with experience

Johannesburg – There are a number of very experienced players
in the Proteas team for the Netball World Cup (NWC) in Liverpool,
United Kingdom in July, but no-one can compare with centre Erin Burger.

Boasting
115 international caps, Burger (32) will be taking part in her fourth
NWC. She made her World Cup debut in Auckland New Zealand in 2007. 

In
2011, in Singapore, she was named Player of the Tournament. She was
also part of the team that went to the NWC in Sydney in 2015. 

She has
also represented South Africa at three Commonwealth Games.

But
Burger, South Africa’s most experienced player, was nearly lost to the
game in 2018 when she developed a life-threatening condition called
myocarditis,
which is an inflammation of the heart.

“I found I was battling to breathe,” said Burger.

“I
was sent for various tests and X-rays, and given a pump to help me to
breathe. I played at the Commonwealth Games, but I was still battling
to breathe
and I also found I got very tired.

“Eventually
one of the trainers at the Sports Science Laboratory where I work out
persuaded me to see Dr Wouter Basson, a cardiologist in Cape Town. He did more tests and scans, and he found that I had had myocarditis.
It was no longer active, but I had scar tissue from a previous
episode.”

Burger
said the diagnosis had been a great shock, but thanks to the treatment
prescribed by Basson and a carefully-designed training programme, she
was
able to return to the Proteas team for the Quad Series earlier this
year.

In 2017, she had a stint with the Queensland Firebirds in the Australian Super Netball League.

Captain Bongiwe Msomi and former captain Maryka Holtzhausen will both be playing in their third World Cup.  

Msomi
(31), who plays centre and wing attack, has gained valuable
international experience by playing professional netball in the English
Super League,
for Surrey Storm and Wasps, as well as the Australian Super Netball
League, where she played for the Adelaide Thunderbirds.

Holtzhausen
(32), who plays goal attack, was the first South African to be invited
to play in the English Super League, joining Loughborough Lightning
for the 2015 season. She later went back to play for the Severn Stars
in 2018 and 2019.

Dynamic
goal defence Karla Pretorius (29) has created waves in Australian Super
Netball. In 2018, she shared the Player of the Year award with
Sunshine
Coast Lightning team-mate Stephanie Wood and was included in the Super
Netball Team of the Year. She will be playing in her second NWC.

25-year-old goalshooter Lenize Potgieter, will also be playing in her
second NWC. She had a stint with Team Bath in the English Super League,
before being snapped up by Waikato Magic in the New Zealand
Premiership. She had two seasons with them before moving to Southern
Steel in 2019. She is currently the only South African playing in New
Zealand.

The
NWC in Liverpool will be 34-year-old goalkeeper Phumza Maweni’s second
world cup. Maweni spent time in England, playing for Loughborough
Lightning
and Severn Stars before joining Pretorius at Sunshine Coast Lightning
this year, where they formed a dynamic defence partnership.

The
other player going to her second NWC is 27-year-old centre Izette
Griesel
, who was selected for her strength and physicality on court.

The
veterans are expected to form the core of the team in Liverpool, with
support from NWC debutants Ine-Mari Venter, Renske Stoltz, Khanyisa
Chawane
,
Shadine van der Merwe
and Zanele Vimbela.


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