The tournament for five-a-side game, starting from Friday to Sunday, features hosts NZ, Australia, England, Jamaica, Malawi and SA.
The Proteas will open their account on Friday against England, a team they edged in a Tri-Nations tournament, which also featured Trinidad and Tobago, in Port Elizabeth last month.
Last week, a second-string Proteas side beat Zimbabwe in the final of the Diamond Challenge, a series which also included Zambia.
Even more good news for the Proteas is that goalkeeper Vanes-Mari du Toit has just been snatched by Adelaide Thunderbirds to play professional netball for them in the lucrative ANZ Championship. This league features teams from Australia and New Zealand, who battle out over 14 rounds, home and away, from March to July.
Du Toit, who was voted the most valuable player at the 2013 African Championships in June, will join the two-time ANZ champions next month as part of their training squad ahead of the start of the championship’s new season in March.
“I am very excited, and I plan to grab this opportunity with both hands. The team has indicated its interest in me for some time and now that it’s official, I am ecstatic. It’s a massive achievement and takes me a step closer to making a career from netball,” said Du Toit.
It’s been a tremendous year for Du Toi. The BCom in human resources student at the University of Pretoria was also crowned Tuks 2013 Female Athlete of the Year.
An injury during the Spar Proteas Test match tour of England in September kept her out of the Tri-Nations and 2013 Diamond Challenge tournaments held in Port Elizabeth over the past two weeks.
Netball South Africa CEO Blanche de la Guerre said they wished Du Toit all the best and that they were confident she would fly the South African flag high.
“Her selection is an indication of how strong and fast our netball is developing, and we believe it’s an amazing opportunity for her.”
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