Despite a strong start, the SPAR Protea netball team battled to keep their momentum and hold a fired up Jamaican team in the second Test played on Sunday in Kingston, Jamaica.

The Jamaican Sunshine Girls beat the Proteas 61-46 and in doing so secured a series win over the visitors after they had won Friday’s opening Test 63-48. The third and final Test will be played today.

“For South Africa to be a top four team, we have to keep up the intensity, be disciplined and work harder at securing goals after interception” said a disappointed SA coach Elize Kotze.

“I am not sure if my girls are fit enough. I just can’t pin point it right now but to be so on the ball for two quarters and then fade away indicates to me that we have a lot of work to do in all areas.”

The first quarter was a close encounter and went neck and neck right until the last seconds when Jamaica intercepted a pass from Protea vice-captain Zanele Mdodana and transferred the interception into a high pass to the tall Jamaican star shooter, Shanielle Fowler, who netted a goal to give the hometown team a 13-12 lead.