The annual SPAR Madibaz netball tournament was dominated by teams from the Nelson Mandela University as they won all the sections in which they competed.
The two-day event drew a record number of 80 teams and 800 players, confirming its popularity in the Eastern Cape.
The only sections university teams did not win were the B and men’s divisions, in which they did not field teams. They were won by Devitels (men) and Phoenix (B section).
Madibaz Sport netball manager Melinda Goosen said their success was an indication of the high level of netball at the varsity.
“Madibaz netball is in a great space at the moment, having had a magic season in 2018, which provided a solid base for 2019,” she said.
“We have lost some senior players, but we have enormous talent coming through in the first-year students.
“We are proud that the players are from the Eastern Cape because it is very important to us as a university in the region to retain our emerging talent.”
Goosen added that the growth of the event was an indication of the hunger in the Eastern Cape community for the sport.
“Firstly, it gives coaches the opportunity to test their teams’ abilities as they prepare for upcoming leagues.
“Secondly, those attending, especially schools players, get an idea of what it is to be part of the Madibaz netball set-up, providing them with an incentive to join us when they leave school.
“With the support of our loyal sponsors in SPAR Eastern Cape, we are able to put an event together where there is great exposure for a wide range of players and two fun-filled days for the whole family.”