The SPAR Madibaz netball team want to bounce back from Monday’s loss to UP-Tuks when the Varsity Netball competition returns to Port Elizabeth this weekend.
The Nelson Mandela University side face a testing double-header at the Madibaz Indoor Centre, taking on Stellenbosch University on Sunday and University of Western Cape on Monday.
After winning their opening game, Madibaz were well beaten by UP-Tuks in Stellenbosch and coach Lana Krige acknowledged there were more tough fixtures ahead.
“It’s very much like rugby’s Varsity Cup where there is no great division in terms of strength between all the teams,” she said.
“We played UWC in the USSA (University Sport South Africa) tournament and won by only a handful of goals.
“They are very fast and very fit, but we have the skill to hopefully come away with a good result from that one.”
Krige said their 51-32 loss against UP-Tuks on Monday was due to the physical approach of their opponents.
“We have a relatively young team and showed pockets of brilliance.
“But often they were able to disrupt our rhythm. We handled things nicely in centre court, but battled to hold them in the two circles.”
She said playing at home was one of the benefits this weekend as it lessened the pressure on the student-athletes.
“They are all full-time students who have academic commitments to consider as well,” she said. “So playing at home does give them more of a chance to satisfy those requirements.”
The fixtures are:
Sunday, 3pm: UP-Tuks v UWC; 4.30pm: SPAR Madibaz v Maties.
Monday, 5.30pm: Maties v UP-Tuks; 7pm: SPAR Madibaz v UWC.