Spar Proteas netball coach Norma Plummer bemoans the lack of a professional league in South Africa that would build the base for the national team.
Plummer was speaking ahead of the Proteas team’s next assignment in the Netball Quad Series against hosts England on Saturday in London.
The team suffered a 62-45 defeat to Australia in their opening match of the 2019 Quad Series in Liverpool on Sunday despite a dominant first-half performance.
While the team has made massive strides under the tutelage of the legendary Australian coach they have been battling to develop a strong fringe.
“What has to be understood is that Australia
“South Africa don’t have this. I have just five days to get them together, while the Australians have camp after camp with their team together.
“They also play in a fulltime professional national league. The players are professional athletes who do not have to work. Australia is the world champions and South Africa are ranked fifth.”
The South African team has gained immense experience with the majority of the starting seven playing in professional or semi-professional leagues in England, Australia and New Zealand.
But the team loses intensity once these players are replaced by players that are not exposed to the rigours of professional netball.
Among the South African players playing abroad are captain Bongi Msomi, goal defence Karla Pretorius and goal shooter Lenize Potgieter.