After having a tough start to the Varsity Hockey tournament, the Madibaz men’s team are determined to learn from the experience when the event continues in Pretoria this weekend.
The Nelson Mandela University side prop up the bottom of the log after four losses, but coach Cheslyn Gie said their spirits remained good.
“We always knew we would have a hard time because we have 16 players in our 18-strong squad who are playing Varsity Hockey for the first time,” he said.
“Despite the inexperience in the squad, the players fought hard in every match. They now understand what it takes to succeed at this level.”
He said he wanted the players to follow the game-plan and to carry out their strategy more diligently.
“Defensively we need to be more patient and improve our marking and tracking of the opponents.
“On attack we need to back our abilities more in the one-on-one situation and be more accurate in our penalty corner execution.
“We will be aiming to utilise our power plays better and get more outcomes from our 23-yard and circle entries.
“In the power plays against us we need to be more patient on the ball and maintain possession for longer periods during these spells.”