Proteas coach admits World Cup trophy is likely to be past their attain

Whereas she stays optimistic concerning the nationwide workforce’s means, Proteas head coach Norma Plummer admits it’s most likely asking an excessive amount of to anticipate the SA squad to raise the Netball World Cup trophy on residence soil subsequent 12 months.

Plummer, who stepped down from the function in 2019, returned to the helm of the SA workforce following the sudden latest departure of former Proteas coach Dorette Badenhorst, which despatched shock waves ripping by means of the game simply eight months out from the World Cup in Cape City.

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Throughout her earlier tenure, Plummer guided South Africa to the semi-finals of the World Cup for the primary time in 24 years.

Positioned again in cost this month, nonetheless, she stated yesterday there simply wasn’t sufficient time to make any guarantees to native followers who hoped the Proteas (ranked fifth on the earth) would safe their maiden trophy at subsequent 12 months’s showpiece.

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“It’s a giant ask. I had a four-year build-up with the squad earlier than the 2019 World Cup (in Liverpool), and now we don’t have 4 years. We now have eight months,” stated Plummer, famend as one of many world’s finest netball coaches after beforehand guiding her native Australia to 2 World Cup titles.

“I’ll slot in what I can, however these gamers are resilient and so they work laborious, so I’m assured we’ll have workforce.”

Plummer spent 10 days in camp with a preliminary nationwide squad in Potchefstroom earlier than holding a two-day trial in Pretoria final week to resolve on the Proteas and SA President’s XII groups which can face Scotland and Zimbabwe within the Spar Diamond Problem collection beginning at the moment on the College of Pretoria’s Rembrandt Corridor.

With 15 gamers chosen for the Proteas squad, Plummer stated the Diamond Problem marketing campaign would assist the selectors minimize the group to 12 gamers for subsequent 12 months’s top-flight Quad Sequence within the build-up to the World Cup.

“Issues have modified. Some gamers have retired and we now have some new faces inside the group, so this collection goes to be nice when it comes to our build-up to the Quad Sequence in January,” Plummer stated.

“We are able to have a look at the depth of those gamers, how they deal with stress, and in addition combos to find out the ultimate 12.”