England beat South Africa to win series 2-1 in Norma Plummer’s final Test match
Written by Ayanda Nyuswa on 11 December, 2023
By; Samkelo Gambushe
England won the Vitality Netball Series two-one after defeating South Africa 42-38 in the last match at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham.
The win marks a successful end to the year for England having also won a silver medal at the Netball World Cup in Cape Town earlier this year. Norma Plummer was given a guard of honour at the end of the game as she bowed out as South Africa’s head coach.
Although the 79-year-old is leaving the coaching position, she is not yet retiring from the sport. Plummer says she has had the time of her life working with South Africa.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every moment over my time, over the two stints that I have had and coaching such fantastic athletes.
It has been a pleasure. Retiring, yes, it’s not a word I use. This is certainly the swansong with South Africa, I will always do something in netball but it won’t be working on test matches anymore. I would like to hope that I have left a legacy with players, teaching them the skill and teaching them how to maintain the standard and never drop it.
It’s important if you want to be a quality player. Also sharing the knowledge around the world, that is one thing I have a passion about,” says Plummer.