South African netball has a bright future with an abundance of talent, according to national captain Maryka Holtzhausen.
The skipper joined Proteas teammates Erin Burger, Phumza Maweni and Lenise Potgieter in mentoring young players at an Under-21 training camp in Pretoria this week.
“It was a great initiative. They trained for up to three hours in the mornings and then had match play in the afternoons or evenings so they could be monitored on court,” said Holtzhausen, who attended the first two days of the camp.
“It was really successful and we’ve got some great young talent coming through.”
While she admitted it was challenging to assess players who were competing at different levels throughout the country, Holtzhausen said the diversity on display had been promising.
“Players from different areas are a little different, and schools netball is different to varsity, provincial or Proteas level,” she said.
“But there is great variety, which is good because we need players with different styles and abilities who can bring something to the game.”
A total of 66 players between the ages of 16 and 19 attended the four-day camp.
“In just four days we have watched how the players have come into their own in terms of understanding what is expected of them to make it to the national setup,” said SA U-21 coach Dorette Badenhorst.
“The players applied what they were taught and really impressed all of us with not only their performance on the court but also their attitude and desire.”