The NMMU-Madibaz women’s hockey team are on a steep learning curve as they prepare for the second round of the Varsity Hockey tournament in Potchefstroom this weekend.
Despite losing three of their four matches in Stellenbosch last weekend, coach Michael van Rensburg said they were ready to put into practice what they had learnt from competing against the country’s top varsity sides.
“The girls have been really positive and are fully aware of our long-term vision,” he said.
“We are looking forward to the second weekend as we look to improve on the performances we gave in Stellenbosch.”
Van Rensburg added that they realised they needed to work on their conditioning as they had produced their best hockey when they were fresh.
“It was clear that in the second and fourth quarters we were fatigued and this is where the opposition targeted us.”
He said they would also be aiming to improve their work on defence.
“We weren’t anywhere near our best in this area and we reviewed this during the week.
“The other facet we want to work on is our general spatial awareness and improved decision making on-field.”
Van Rensburg said tournaments such as Varsity Hockey and the Premier Hockey League had led to a big improvement in the standard of the women’s game.
“For us as an institution, it is vital that we attend the top tournaments.
“Despite the results, the ladies have learnt a lot and it will only stand us in good stead as we move forward into the new era we are creating for ourselves.”