The Nelson Mandela Bay team are aiming to use playing at home to their advantage when the SPAR national netball championships take place at the Young Park complex in Port Elizabeth next week.
Jeanie Steyn, one of the senior players, said they wanted to make an impact on the tournament, which will see district teams competing for the title as opposed to the provincial outfits of previous years.
Steyn, who plays for the SPAR Madibaz Netball Club, will join some of her varsity colleagues in the NMB squad for the tournament, starting on Monday.
She said there was a good cross-section of players from clubs in Nelson Mandela Bay in the squad and they were keen to do well.
“We have some talented players in our team and are really looking forward to show what we can do,” she said.
“Although the squad is made up of players from different clubs, we know each other well, having played with and against each other.”
As part of Netball South Africa’s strategy, the championships on a district basis will have more than 1 100 players taking part.
Steyn feels the new format will benefit the tournament.
“To have to select a squad of 12 players from the whole of the Eastern Cape means a lot of good players would not be included.
“This way there is a greater opportunity for many more of our players to show what they can do.”
A total of 36 U21 teams and 51 senior teams will take part in the tournament. There will be A and B sections in the senior category, with the U21 championships being held simultaneously.