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NETBALL SOUTH AFRICA ANNOUNCES FAST5 PRELIMINARY SQUAD

 Netball South Africa (NSA) held the men’s Fast5 trials over the weekend (6-7 July) at Laerskool Constantiapark in Pretoria.

Netball South Africa President Cecilia Molokwane announced the 20-man preliminary Fast5 squad, following a highly competitive trial process, with further cuts to be made in September, narrowing it down to 10 players.

The athletes showcased remarkable skill, speed, and teamwork during the trials. Considering their impressive performance, NSA Director of Selection, Ivy Khumalo expressed strong confidence in their ability to represent South Africa exceptionally on the international stage.

“After observing the players during the trials, we, as selectors, were amazed by the exceptional talent and unwavering dedication displayed,” remarked Khumalo. “The chosen team represents a perfect balance of seasoned expertise and youthful energy, and we are confident that they possess the necessary skills to excel in the dynamic realm of Fast5 netball.”

After finishing in third place last year, the team is determined to achieve even better results this year. In a remarkable outcome, South African sharp-shooter Shane Labuschagne clinched the prestigious Sky Fans’ Player of the Series award, having been the fan favourite with the most votes.

Christchurch is set to host the third successive FAST5 Netball World Series (FAST5 NWS) on 9-10 November 2024 at the Wolfbrook Arena, following two years of top-class spectacles.

The women’s team will be announced in due course.

PRELIMINARY SQUAD:

Riaaz Lavendal, William Lethoka, Kabelo Mohalane, Shane Labuschagne, Eugene Sinxesi, Sabelo Sibuyi, Sibongakonke Vava, Fred Damons, Sithembiso Zikhali, Itumeleng Mohanoe, Zakhele Msimango, Roderick Fredericks, Njabulo Nekhavhambe, Sicelo Gamede, Edward Manyathela, Juan Van den Heever, Vukile Zulu, Lutendo Maiwashe, Gavin Peters, Peter Nico.

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