The Madibaz cricket team confirmed their development as a leading club after they won the South Western Districts premier league for the second time this month.
Based in George, the Nelson Mandela University outfit defeated George Cricket Club by four wickets in the final.
This comes after the Madibaz team, comprising largely of players from the George campus, showed their ability by winning the B section of the University Sport South Africa Week last year.
George campus sport manager Hugo Loubser said a key driving force in their approach was that “nobody is bigger than the team”.
“The fear of failure does not exist among the players as they know that you will lose some matches. But the key is to turn up for the matches that matter.”
He added that the premier league triumph demonstrated their overall development.
“In 2007, we played in a ‘merchant’ league, which comprised six matches the entire season,” said Loubser.
“In 2013 we were promoted to the premier league, having won the promotion league.
“We won the premier league in our first season (2013/14) and have remained competitive ever since. Our second team plays in the reserve league.”
Adding to their establishment as a leading club has been the development of their facilities.
“The cricket facility is now often used by SWD Cricket Board as a preferred venue for their SWD Cricket Academy programme.”
The George students will now, together with the winners of Western Province and Boland, play in a series of matches from March 29 to 31 to determine the Western Cape representatives for the national club championship in Pretoria from April 13 to 17.