SPAR Madibaz netball captain Jeanie Steyn was thrilled at achieving victory over University of Johannesburg in their opening Varsity Netball encounter in Port Elizabeth on Monday.
Playing at the Madibaz Indoor Centre, the Nelson Mandela University outfit made the perfect start with a bonus-point 50-24 result.
While pleased at the outcome, the 24-year-old Steyn, who was named the MTN Interceptor of the Match, said it was also important to note what areas they needed to work on.
“Going into the match against UJ we obviously wanted to win because it was our first match,” she said.
“We knew we had to focus on our strengths and strategies and apply what we’d been working on thus far.
“We are also striving to really enjoy the whole process and competition and actually just have a bit of fun too.”
She and FNB Player of the Match Hlumisa Sithonga made a big contribution to the result as they constantly thwarted UJ’s attacking attempts.
The way the match unfolded, Steyn said, allowed them to use all their players.
“The positives are definitely that we gave all our players a chance to get on court and that enabled us to settle on our different combinations.
“All of us have identified certain aspects that we can work on for the next match, but yesterday’s encounter was a great starting point and we are excited to keep growing as the competition continues.”