Shooter Lenize Potgieter slotted goals with rhythmic precision for the SA team against Botswana. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

The South African netball team produced another runaway victory at the Diamond Challenge, beating Botswana 83-16 in Seshego, Limpopo on Wednesday evening. 

The Proteas completely dominated their southern African neighbours as it turned into a game of guessing the winning margin instead of the outcome of the match.

The hosts continued their rampant form after an equally dominant performance against Namibia (78-28) the previous day. 

South Africa made a stunning start to Wednesday’s encounter, racing to a 19-2 lead in the opening quarter.

It could easily have been a bigger bloodbath had SA goal attack Renske Stoltz found her aim inside the circle.

Fortunately for the Proteas, it was of little consequence, as shooter Lenize Potgieter slotted goals with rhythmic precision. 

Stoltz seemed to find her confidence and range in the second quarter, with South Africa extending their lead to 38-7 going into the halftime break. 

Mixing up the combinations, coach Norma Plummer changed her shooting circle duo, with Maryke Holtzhausen and Sigi Burger replacing Stoltz and Potgieter as goal attack and goal shooter respectively.

The new pairing added more points to South Africa’s tally, with Botswana only gaining five, as the home side took a 58-12 lead.

The final quarter saw the return of Erin Burger at centre, while Potgieter was brought back as goal attack to partner Sigi Burger inside the circle.

South Africa added 25 more goals in the final quarter, suggesting a productive combination between Burger and Prinsloo.

The Proteas can expect some strong opposition when they take on the SA President’s team that will be looking to impress coach Plummer.


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