As the Spar Proteas are on a quest to build a strong team to represent the country in the Common Wealth Games, Proteas coach, Dorette Badenhorst has revealed how thrilled she is by the talent she already saw in the Telkom Netball League.

In the opening week that provided exciting results with the Golden Fireballs beating Gauteng rivals for the first time, Badenhorst has been treated to great talent and
she admitted to be impressed by the competition so far.

“It was great to see all the players performing at the first few games of the Telkom Netball league. It was great to see the improvement that summed-up the Spar Proteas squad players and I’m just very happy with the performance of most of the players and the new talent that we saw.

“I think it’s important that the level of the competition was really good” said Badenhorst.

The South African ladies are also building towards the 2023 Netball World Cup and Badenhorst has been keeping a close eye on overseas players in the Vitality Super League in the United Kingdom and the Suncorp Super Netball in Australia.

“My international players are really performing well and I’m in contact with all the clubs, all the coaches and for me it’s very pleasing to see the international players especially my Shooters, shooting at high volume and also high percentage so I’m happy when it comes to my players “ she added.

The National team goal shooter, Lenize Potgieter, who chose to put her mental health first and took a break from the sport early this year, is one of the players that the coach has been keeping taps on.
The Proteas mentor has indicated things are “really going well” with Potgieter and she believes that she will be back in the court soon.

Although the Spar Proteas will miss having Precious Mthembu in the green and gold, Badenhorst believes tha the Kingdom Queens coach will do well in her new journey.

By Busisiwe Mokwena

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