The NMMU-Madibaz men’s team won the Eastern Province first league squash title for the fifth year in a row this month.
Combining consistency with a strong motivation to do well, the Madibaz team continued a long run of success in EP league squash, having also won the super league men’s title from 2012 to 2015.
Team No 1 and player-coach Jason le Roux, who plays provincial squash for Border, said their enthusiasm had not been dimmed by previous league victories.
“It is always satisfying to win the league title. Every year is a new year and we set ourselves the goal to win the title. This year, in particular, we had a new team so we knew it would be a challenge.”
The Madibaz, who are sponsored by Brian Bands Sports and Nutritech, lost two players during the season in Grant Greyling and Gregg Shean, but Le Roux said they were able to draw on their reserve strength.
He said Liam Ford, who moved up to first league as a permanent member for the duration of the second round, did well at number four.
Brendan Bassett and Johan Thiel made up the winning foursome and Le Roux said their excitement at winning another title increased during the season.
“It rubbed off on the two newbies (Ford and Bassett), who were really keen to lift the trophy.”
He said they had tried to create a culture of enjoying squash and that it would be important to continue that trend.
“I don’t believe it’s a specific programme that has been put in place, but rather a culture that has been created.
“Students have different time-tables and live far from the courts, so it can be challenging. But if you can make it fun and get them to the courts, you can build team spirit and implement training programmes.”