SPAR Madibaz opened their Varsity Netball campaign with two wins in Stellenbosch over the weekend and now look ahead to their next game, said goalkeeper Jeanie Steyn.
The team kicked off their campaign with wins against Vaal University of Technology (71-25) and University of Western Cape (51-43) and will next step out against Tuks on Monday (September 4) at their home courts in Port Elizabeth.
“One of our toughest games is next week, but it’s good to be playing them at home. The players know all the spectators will have our backs and if you have the supporters cheering for you then it always boosts confidence.”
The Madibaz will have a second chance to play at home during the sixth round of the tournament when they face North-West University on September 18.
The second-year visual arts student, who was named player of the match in their game against VUT, said she believed the team were in with a good chance of achieving their goal – to finish in the top four.
“At the end of the competition it’s going to be very competitive. This season is one of those years that everyone has a chance,” she said.
“We’re fighters and I think that’s something people don’t expect. We’ll be fighting right until the end.”
The former Protea player, who turned 23 this week, said she felt the team’s Achilles heel was their lack of confidence.
She said their two opening games had been good for the team as it allowed them to settle and see what worked and what didn’t ahead what she described as some of the tougher games.
“We’re a team with potential, but we don’t always believe in ourselves. I think it was good for us to start on a high so we can carry this mindset through the whole competition.”
The key, according to the former Pretoria resident, would be to stick to the basics and their own style of play.
Steyn, a Monument High School alumnus, said they have a quick, sharp style of play that was hard to defend against.
“We play a different type of netball and I think this is our greatest strength. If we stick to this style then we can definitely compete against the tougher teams.”