PORT Elizabeth fans will have a rare opportunity to see some of the world’s top netball players in action when the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) host an international quadrangular test series in October.
South Africa will take to the court against England, Wales and Trinidad and Tobago in the four-nation tournament, which takes place at the university’s Missionvale campus.
Spar NMMU netball manager Theresa le Roux said it was a real coup for the institution, which has some of the best facilities the Eastern Cape has to offer.
“The tournament is also perfectly located, as it will draw a lot of enthusiastic local spectators who never get the opportunity to see top-level netball.”
The institution will host the event on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Netball Association.
“We have a very good working relationship with our local and provincial structures and Netball South Africa, not only because of the facilities we offer, but also in terms of the players and officials who have come through our ranks,” Le Roux said.
Two NMMU team members, Zanele Mdodana and Zanele Vimbela, are once again up for selection for the Proteas squad. Mdodana is the vice-captain and the most capped player in the national side. Another pair hoping to crack the nod are Colleen Ferreira and Mudi Mudenga from the Framesby Netball Club.
Le Roux said the national squad would be announced at the end of the month.
“The umpires for the test series will be appointed by Netball South Africa but I’m sure our own international umpire Theresa Prins will be one of them.”
Also flying the Bay’s flag will be NMMU coach and former national player Lana Krige, who is the technical convener for the Proteas side.
The host nation are ranked sixth in the world, three places behind pre-tournament favourites England, while Wales and Trinidad and Tobago occupy eighth and ninth spots respectively.
The series will be held from October 20-25. Le Roux said all games would be televised but encouraged Bay residents to come to support the teams.