The SPAR Madibaz team are ready to embrace the challenges ahead after a good start to their campaign in the Varsity Netball competition.
After four games, Madibaz are fourth on the log, three points ahead of UP-Tuks, whom they lost to on Monday following victories in their first three encounters.
However, they now enter a tough period against some of the leading sides.
They travel to Stellenbosch for matches against Free State on Sunday and North-West University on Monday. Both teams are unbeaten and head the log on 20 points.
They complete their programme on September 24 against the third-placed Stellenbosch outfit.
Coach Lana Krige was not fazed by what lay ahead.
“Madibaz can take any team on any day,” she said. “We have our own style of play and we are learning to believe in it.
“North-West, Free State and Stellenbosch are all great teams, but we are well prepared for the matches.
“There is a real belief in our squad that we can compete with the best. Patience will be the key for us.”
With captain Jeanie Steyn and Nolusindiso Twani proving “inspirational leaders”, Krige said all the players were contributing to the Madibaz cause.
“The seniors are encouraging the juniors, while the newcomers have been so enthusiastic and fighting as if their lives depended on it.”
She added that their focus would remain on being a cohesive unit, with teamwork the bottom line.