Despite falling short of a podium finish at the 2019 Netball World Cup, Spar Proteas were given some consolation with news that their wing defence Karla Pretorius named Player of the 2019 Netball World Cup.
Pretorius was honoured during the medal ceremony in front of a pact M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.
“I feel very honoured to have been named the best player of the World Cup. You are only as good as those around you and the team did so well at this World Cup, and even though we won’t return home to South Africa with a medal I know that we all put our hearts and souls into each and every game in Liverpool and can hold our heads high. This good run obviously was what inspired me to play as well as I did and I am grateful to have been recognised by the tournament and given this very special award” said Pretorius.
The last South African to win the same award was Erin Burger, who ironically was the touring roommate of Pretorius, who was given the player of the 2011 Netball World Cup in Singapore.
Spar as team sponsor originally announced if the team win gold they would pay R1 million to the team, R750,000 for silver and R250,000 for bronze plus R200,000 for qualifying for the semi-finals.
Telkom pledged give the players R200,000 each for their performance at the showpiece.