The SPAR Madibaz players underlined their contribution to local netball by walking away with a dozen awards when the Nelson Mandela Bay Netball Association held their prize-giving last month.
This success demonstrated that the university had become a dominant force in the region, said Madibaz netball manager Melinda Goosen.
“Although we did not win the league, you will find that most of the region’s provincial teams were made up of Madibaz players,” she said.
She said their impressive efforts had been due an all-round commitment from both players and management.
“All the players who won awards have come under the guidance of (coach) Lana Krige, who has made a big impact at the varsity.
“In addition, we have people such as Euleen Grobbelaar, who is our top technical official and does great work on that front in our club.”
Grobbelaar received the award for valuable technical official at the NMBNA prize-giving.
Star player Jeanie Steyn was named player of the year despite playing with a niggling injury at times.
Goosen said they were now looking to build for next year, placing their attention on recruiting local players.
“Fortunately we have been able to attract a number of players from Brandwag and Nico Malan who have made SA Schools’ squads. We are very happy to have them on board.”
The Madibaz award winners were:
Valuable technical official: Euleen Grobbelaar
U19 player of the tournament: Bridget Hart
U19 player of the year: Sibulele Mandeka
U21 player of the tournament: Lucy Twani
U21 player of the year: Melodine Jacobs
Most determined player: Arne Rust
Most promising player: Hlumisa Sithonga
Most valuable player: Philine van Niekerk
Most versatile player: Eloise Webb
Captain’s award: Bridget Hart and Sibulele Mandeka
Player of the tournament: Nobulele Phuza
Player of the year: Jeanie Steyn