The Madibaz women’s hockey team will be banking on an all-round team effort to make an impact when they compete in the Varsity Hockey tournament, starting in Cape Town tomorrow.
As the event alternates with the men’s edition, the Nelson Mandela University squad have only four members with Varsity Cup experience from 2017.
Coach Andrew Beynon said they realised they faced a tough challenge, but they had been working hard in preparing for the event.
“There is a strong sense of unity in the squad and an open-mindedness about what lies ahead,” he added.
“We know as a squad that, on paper, we face an uphill battle, but this group is incredibly positive and up for the fight.”
“We have set a goal of making sure we improve in every performance and will just take it one game at a time.”
Beynon said the Varsity Hockey tournament was a wonderful chance for the country’s up-and-coming talent to show what they could do.
“It’s the gateway to the future and a good Varsity Hockey performance will mean a lot to the players and the university.”
The first leg of the tournament will be played at the UCT astro from tomorrow until Monday.
Defending champions University of Pretoria (UP-Tuks) will have their sights set on claiming back-to-back titles after also winning the USSA title last year.