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Vitality Netball World Cup Preview: Phumza Maweni

Five Sunshine Coast Lightning players and Head Coach Noeline Taurua are headed to Liverpool to take part in the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019.

We spoke exclusively to Phumza Maweni about being selected as part of SPAR Proteas and what representing her country means to her.

What Phumza Maweni Had To Say About The Vitality Netball World Cup 2019:

On representing SPAR Proteas:

It’s just amazing – it’s a great honour and I’m humbled to be part of the team.

It’s not going to be easy, it’s a big challenge for us but we’re well prepared.

How playing for Sunshine Coast Lightning in 2019 has help prepare Maweni:

To come here to play for Lightning, to play in this league, for me it’s a huge improvement.

Obviously the physicality [in SSN] is very intense, so I’m more well-prepared this time than before.

Me and Karla [Pretorius] we are developing each and every game. We’re at a different level, we’re growing as a combo.

We’ve learnt a lot and we’re just lucky to have the best coaches… like Noeline [Taurua] and Norma [Plummer]

On Playing Against Her Lightning Teammates:

It’s always hard to play against the people you know.

Before the game we always say ‘friends’ but when we’re on court we’re a different person.

But it’s business and we have to do it.

Advice For Aspiring Young Athletes And Netballers:

It doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter where you come from – practice hard, work hard, netball is a fun sport.

The people around you will motivate you, will lift you up.

Watch the game and learn and try different styles of play, and it’s just about enjoyment.

What Is The Vitality Netball World Cup 2019?

The Vitality Netball World Cup is held every four years, showcasing the top tier international talent in the sport. This year the competition is being held in Liverpool in the United Kingdom.

Five Lightning players and Head Coach Noeline Taurua are participating in the VNWC19 – which is a ten-day tournament, beginning on Friday 12 July.

16 teams will compete, from four pools in stage one in a round robin format.

The teams competing are Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Uganda, England, Jamaica, Samoa, Fiji, Trinidad and Tobago, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Malawi, Barbados, Singapore and Scotland.

How To Watch The Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 in Australia?

Channel Nine have the broadcasting rights in Australia with all games available to stream live and on catch up on 9 Now.

All Australian Samsung Diamonds games will also be shown live (or close to – depending on scheduling) on Channel Nine’s Wide World Of Sport.

The first Diamonds game will be shown on Friday 12 July from 8pm against Northern Ireland.

More Information on the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 and the Suncorp Super Netball break.