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17 July 2019 | Uncategorized

Final four ‘great for netball’ – Pretorius

South Africa's Karla Pretorius believes that the quality of the semi-final line-up has helped to create 'a great World Cup'.

In a tournament which is being talked about as the most open in the competition’s history, South Africa, England, Australia and New Zealand have all claimed semi-final places, and will all fancy their chances of lifting the trophy – for what would be a first time in the case of England and South Africa.

After South Africa’s win over Uganda today, Pretorius said:

“How great is that (the open nature of the tournament) for netball? It’s creating a great world cup. We know what we need to do and what we can achieve as a team.

“We don’t take this for granted. It’s a lot of hard work in the four years leading up to a World Cup, so we can celebrate the fact that we’re in the semi-final, but we still have work to do.”

The identity of the semi-finalists is confirmed, but the fixtures will only be known once the final Group F and G fixtures have taken place tomorrow.

South Africa and England meet at 8pm, and Pretorius is relishing the challenge of playing the host nation in front of another vocal M&S Bank Arena crowd.

She added:

“It will be a tough battle tomorrow, but we’re looking forward to it.

“We draw confidence from previous encounters with England, but tomorrow is a new environment and a new game.

“You don’t tend to hear the crowd too much, but we know where the South African fans are sitting, so when we need some extra energy we can draw it from them.”