Exciting Fast5 netball waits on Proteas in NZ


The Spar South African netball team with three players from the Free State, Maryka Holtzhausen, Adéle Niemand en Karla Mostert, will be taking part in a vibrant new form of the game in November this year – the Fast5 Netball World Series in Auckland, New Zealand.
The Fast5 series will be played November 9 – 12, less than two weeks after the completion of the Quad Series. It will feature Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa. Jamaica and Malawi will complete the makeup of the six nations tournament, which features the world’s top six netball playing countries.
The Fast5 tournament kicks off with a match between South Africa and Jamaica, and three hours later, South Africa play England. The second day will be particularly strenuous, with South Africa playing world champions Australia, their African rivals Malawi and world number two, New Zealand, with very little recovery time between the matches.
For the past few years, the Spar Proteas have competed in the Fastnet tournament in the United Kingdom. Fastnet was described as the netball equivalent of Twenty20 cricket, but Fast5 promises to be even faster and more exciting. A Fast5 squad comprises 10 players, with five on court at any time. The five positions on court are goal shooter, goal attack, centre, goal defence and goalkeeper. Goals can be scored from anywhere within the goal shooter’s third of the court. There are three goal scoring zones, with goals scored from 3.5m or less from the post worth one point, from more than 3.5m worth two, and goals scored from outside the circle worth three points.
There are four quarters, each six minutes long, and rolling substitutions are allowed throughout the game. Each team will select one quarter as a Power Play, in which all goal points are doubled.
SA team for the Fast5 tournament: Chrisna Bootha, Maryka Holtzhausen, Nadia Uys, Tsakane Mbewe, Bongiwe Msomi, Simnikiwe Mdaka, Adéle Niemand, Karla Mostert, Nontle Gwavu, Amanda Mynhardt.
Coach: Lana Krige.