Netball World Cup 2023
How thrilling that the Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 is in our very own backyard for the 1st time! The final list of players has been released and the excitement is surely building towards the start of what will be a fantastic tournament.
Let us put our hands up and unite behind the Spar Proteas! There are 16 teams battling it out over 10 days in the hope to be crowned the best in the world. This is also the 1st Netball World Cup in Africa in 60 years. So let us have a closer look at the Netball World Cup 2023 in more detail.
When & Where
The Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 will take place in Cape Town South Africa from the 28th of July to the 6th of August 2023. The Proteas’ first 3 games:
- South Africa vs Wales at 6pm on 28 July 2023. (Day 1)
- South Africa vs Sri Lanka at 4pm on 29 July 2023. (Day 2)
- Jamaica vs South Africa at 6pm on 30 July 2023. (Day 3)
The ‘Round robin’ format was used at the World Netball Championships from 1963 to 1987. In 2015, the competition’s name was changed to “Netball World Cup.” The last 2 Netball World Events were won by New Zealand and Australia respectively and England have taken 3rd place the last 3 events.
The last time South Africa featured on the podium was in 1995 where they finished runners up. And in 2019 they ended 4th. This will be the first Netball World Cup that South Africa hosts and where better to host than the very popular Cape Town.
There are 16 teams participating in this tournament and her we list them for you:
- South Africa (Hosts) are the current world rank number 5 and nicknamed the SPAR Proteas.
- Australia are the current world ranking number 1 and nicknamed the Diamonds.
- Barbados rank at 14 in the world rankings and are know as the Bajan Gems as well.
- England are currently world number 3 and nicknamed the Roses.
- Fiji’s world ranking is 19th and nicknamed the Pearls.
- Jamaica are 4th in the world rankings and nicknamed the Sunshine Girls.
- Malawi nicknamed the Queens rank 6th in the world.
- New Zealand are 2nd in the world rankings and nicknamed the Silver Ferns.
- Scotland, nicknamed the Thistles, rank 10th in the world.
- Singapore rank 28th in the world currently and in the last world cup they finished in 16th place.
- Sri Lanka, nicknamed The Lionesses, currently rank 15th in the world.
- Tonga rank 7th in the world and nicknamed Tonga Tala.
- Trinidad & Tobago are also known as the Calypso Girls and their current world ranking is 11th.
- Uganda rank 8th in the world and nicknamed the She Cranes.
- Wales nicknamed the Feathers and current world ranking 9th.
- Zimbabwe rank at 13th in the world and also know as The Gems.
Proteas World Cup Team 2023
Prior to the announcement of the fifteen players, SPAR Proteas Head Coach Norma Plummer had been with the team for a four-week training camp. Local players returned to their respective provincial teams and competed in the remaining matches of the domestic Telkom Netball League, while players from other countries finished their leagues. The final World Cup Squad:
- Bongiwe Msomi (captain)
- Karla Pretorius (vice-captain)
- Khanyisa Chawane
- Izette Griesel
- Phumza Maweni
- Lenize Potgieter
- Nicola Smith
- Jeante Strydom
- Nichole Taljaard
- Elmere van der Berg
- Shadine van der Merwe
- Ine-Mari Venter
- Owethu Ngubane (R)
- Refiloe Nketsa (R)
- Lefebre Rademan (R)
The final training camp before the Vitality Netball World Cup will take place on July 14th, 2023 in Cape Town. Therefore this is where the team will meet again in preparation for the start of which will be a memorable journey for them all.
Hollywoodbets in partnership
Hollywoodbets is proud to be in partnership with Netball South Africa (NSA) and has been part of the 2023 instalment of the Telkom Netball League (TNL) which is South Africa’s domestic netball division. Furthermore the TNL offers a platform for all players and coaches to raise their hands for a chance to make the final Spar Proteas squad for Africa’s first Netball World Cup. For all things Hollywoodbets have look at our news section that is filled with updated posts on Hollywoodbets.
Netball World Cup 2023 – Final Words
In conclusion, a podium position as hosts is reasonable given that this will be the first Netball World Cup to be held on African territory in sixty years. Therefore this is their one chance to feature in the history books and we are sure they will be giving all they have. The last World Cup the Proteas finished 4th and they currently rank at 5th in the world and being the host nation will surely give them a boost in the right direction. So who will walk away triumphant? To find out support the teams from 28 July – 6 August 2023. The Proteas’ are in Pool C together with Jamaica, Wales, and Sri Lanka.
Also with Supersport running the “Here For Her 2023” campaign this year we are sure to see these matched televised on Supersport. So keep your eyes peeled and schedule the dates and times in as to not miss out on the action.