SPAR Madibaz netball coach Lana Krige says there is everything to play for when they meet North-West University in a Varsity Netball encounter in Port Elizabeth on Monday.
The clash at the Madibaz Indoor Centre on the South Campus will decide which of the two teams advance to the semifinals of the competition, with Pukke enjoying a three-point lead over Madibaz.
With bonus points part of the system there are a number of permutations in terms of qualifying for the semifinals, but the Madibaz coach said they were focused only on winning.
“We have to beat them by more than five points and they mustn’t get more than 50 to avoid them getting a bonus point,” said Krige.
“But I think our first priority is to make sure we aim for the win. It’s one of those games where you won’t be able to give away cheap goals.”
She added that senior players such as Hlumisa Sithonga and Bianca Blom were beginning to show their best form and it was up them to set an example.
“This is an opportunity for our senior players to stand up and be counted,” she said. “If they can set the pattern I know the rest will be on board.”
After a disappointing loss to Free State University on Sunday, Madibaz bounced back with a 57-22 win against Tshwane University of Technology on Monday.
It gives them a record of three wins and three losses so far and Krige said she was still waiting for their best performance.
“It’s been a completely different season to last year because this year we have had mixed results.
“But we had a good talk after Sunday’s game and were able to clear up a few things. The spirit in the squad is fantastic following Monday’s result and we will need that against Pukke next week.”