With entries from throughout the Eastern and Southern Cape, the SPAR Madibaz netball tournament promises to provide stiff competition when it takes place in Port Elizabeth this weekend.
A record entry of 68 teams will compete in the event on Friday afternoon and Saturday at the south campus’s Vodacom Madibaz Indoor Sports Centre.
Besides the Nelson Mandela Bay clubs, netball manager Melinda Goosen said teams from George, Grahamstown and East London had signed up for the season opener.
“We are delighted that the tournament is proving so popular, but it does create some logistical challenges as we have only four courts available, two indoor and two outdoor,” she said.
“We follow the same format as the Nelson Mandela Bay leagues, allowing for different levels of play, from the A section down to the D section, including a men’s division.”
Besides the tournament, Madibaz coaches and leading players are involved in a number of two-day clinics being held at schools around the Eastern Cape.
Goosen said the aim was to spread the sport of netball to where “it may be lacking a bit and thanks to the financial support from SPAR, our loyal sponsors, the club is able to do just that”.
The next clinic will be held in Graaff-Reinet (March 9 to 10), followed by Grahamstown (March 14 to 16) and George (March 21).