The SPAR Madibaz team will be part of an exciting launch to the 2018 Varsity Netball tournament when four matches are played at the Nelson Mandela University’s south campus in Port Elizabeth next weekend.
Joining the Madibaz in a bumper weekend of action at the Madibaz Indoor Sports Centre on August 26 and 27 will be Stellenbosch, University of Western Cape and Vaal University of Technology.
Madibaz Sport Netball manager Melinda Goosen said they were looking forward to showing what they could do on their home turf.
“Besides playing in familiar conditions, there will also be the fact of having home support,” she said.
“It is always great to bring netball closer to our fans and this is a perfect opportunity to showcase our players and their talents to our immediate community, as well as to the greater community of Nelson Mandela Bay.”
She added that the double-header of matches would provide a chance for local netball fans to see many top players in action.
“Netball is very popular in Nelson Mandela Bay and we are privileged to have great talent in our local team.
“In addition, you can watch the top student players in the country go head to head in clashes that will set the tone for the rest of the tournament.
“We would love to see strong support for the Madibaz team to help them reach new heights in the competition.”
She felt Varsity Netball was the perfect platform for aspiring young players.
“Many Protea players have come through Varsity Netball to achieve greater success in the sport,” said Goosen.
“We have our very own Zanele Vimbela, who played for Madibaz and is now competing in the English premier league. This is a chance for young players to make a name for themselves.”
The matches on the Sunday (August 26) will be televised live.