The Spar Proteas will look to make impact in upcoming Quad Series. (Photo: Netball South Africa)

With the Netball Quad Series commencing this weekend in London, The Inner Sanctum is previewing players to watch out for from each of the four sides in the lead up to the opening game.

The South African SPAR Proteas will be seen as the underdogs coming into the upcoming Quad Series in England, ranked fifth in the world behind Jamaica. But even with some players missing this series, it will be to the detriment to the other squads to think this team will just lie down.

This team always shows fight and plays right to the final whistle. They plan to bring the form of their last few tournaments as they take on the world’s best.

Phumza Maweni

Maweni has made a bit of a name for herself over the last few seasons in the Suncorp Super Netball. She wore the Sunshine Coast Lightning dress for three seasons before 2022, and created a formidable defensive unit with her South African counterpart Karla Pretorius.

If and when the 37-year-old takes the court, she will have her work cut out for her coming up against some great shooters in this upcoming Quad Series, facing battles against Gretel Bueta, Maia Wilson and Helen Housby just to name a few.

Phumza Maweni in action for Lightning. Image: Sunshine Coast Lightning/Twitter
Phumza Maweni in action for Lightning. (Image: Sunshine Coast Lightning/Twitter)

Luckily for Maweni, she’s been performing in the Suncorp Super Netball League over the last three seasons and has seen plenty of what these shooters have to offer.

She’s currently signed on with Team Bath Netball for the upcoming 2022 season, and will continue to bring her fast hands, great lean and rebounding skills to the team for the upcoming season.

Bongiwe Msomi 

Msomi has made a name for herself during her career, being a cult-hero for South African netball, simply for all the amazing things she does. During this Quad Series she’ll captain her country and look to lead from the front as they take on the world’s three best netball teams.

The attacking midcourter has always been known for her hard work, endurance and pure effort whenever she takes the court, and this series will be no different.

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The stalwart of South African netball has plyed her trade all over the world, in Australia, England, and her home country, so she has seen the best the world has to offer.

The 33-year-old will look to pass on her knowledge through the next generations of midcourters during this series as South Africa will look to blood some young talent during the series.

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Ine-Marie Venter

Venter will need to step up in a big way this series, as beloved shooter Lenize Potgieter will be unavailable, leaving the shooter circle up for grab.

Already at the age of 26, Venter, just like Msomi has played in South Africa, Australia and most recently just signed for Saracens Mavericks over in England for the upcoming season.

Venter played for the Queensland Firebirds during the 2020 SSN season. (Photo: Queensland Firebirds)

Her versatile skillset will be on show, and the timing of her leads and her mid range shooting will be something to watch during all their matches.

The 6’4″ shooter will come up against some very formidable defence units during the series, but this experience will only improve her as a player and make her become a better player.

Lefebre Rademan

Rademan is not someone you’d expect to make a huge impact in the series, but she will certainly be one to watch for the future.

She only stands at 5’8″, fairly diminutive for a shooter. But if you look at Suncorp Super Netball shooters like Gabi Sinclair and Georgie Horjus, it doesn’t matter how tall you are, it’s how you play the game. These shooters, as well as Rademan, have been very effective across their careers so far.

Rademan has joined Celtic Dragons from London Pulse.
Rademan playing in the VNSL. (Photo: VNSL)

The youngster has brought pace and plenty of dynamic play in her career, and will look to continue to do that for the Celtic Dragons, who she’s signed on to play for in the 2022 season.

She has been a product of South African netball right through her junior years, playing for the national team in both under 18s and under 21s. Rademan will look to make her mark on this series.

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