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Proteas tackle Malawi
- Updated: April 5, 2011
Our national netball team will take on African arch-rivals Malawi in Perth later this year as the build-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
A feast of international netball kicks off on Sunday, 23 October at the Burswood Dome when South Africa and Malawi play a curtain raiser to the Australian Diamonds v New Zealand Silver Ferns Test match.
Blanche De La Guerre, Vice President of Netball South Africa (NSA) says that they are excited to take up the challenge. ÔÇ£The SPAR Proteas have a solid vision this year of taking South African netball to new heights. What better way to do this, than to play a host of international teams in one year.ÔÇØ ÔÇ£We are honoured to be given this opportunity to play in Perth, and as always, are looking forward to taking on Malawi.ÔÇØ
West Australian Premier Colin Barnett said the Government was pleased to bring major international sporting events to Western Australia. ÔÇ£Sport has the power to cross national, political, and religious boundaries to bring people together in fair and friendly competition. In a sports-mad country like Australia, these sporting events will give fans the chance to see elite athletes pitting themselves against the best in the world. The State recognises the importance of attracting major international events and we are constantly looking to secure new and exciting events that will improve vibrancy and draw visitors to Western Australia.ÔÇØÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer said the Diamonds v Ferns match, part of the Holden Netball Test Series, promised international netball at its best with the world’s top two teams vying for the Constellation Cup.┬áThe inclusion of the South African Proteas, ranked sixth in the world, taking on the seventh ranked Malawi Queens, meant that sports fans would also get to experience the diverse range of styles across the four nations. “This special sporting fixture is an unprecedented opportunity to witness some of the world’s greatest players in action,” Palmer said.
ÔÇ£We are delighted that international netball is set to return to Perth for the first time since 2005, when the Diamonds hosted South AfricaÔÇØ said Palmer. “This is ‘must see’ netball ÔÇô fast, furious and physical.”