Madibaz are fourth on the Varsity Netball log and, with a doubleheader this weekend, the Port Elizabeth team will look to defend their position.
Madibaz captain Nandipha Jack was positive after their first defeat of the season and said they were “excited” to tackle the remaining six rounds, starting with University of Johannesburg in Pretoria on Sunday before facing University of the Free State the following day.
With three training sessions scheduled before the UJ clash, Jack said they were upbeat and had good direction.
The 24-year-old said passing and control were key areas they would focus on after cracks appeared in the later quarters of their home match defeat.
“We are going to fix the little errors we had on Monday. We know when fatigue sets in, we need to play slower and with more control while on the attack.”
She added it was important that they stuck to their own style of play rather than trying to emulate other teams.
UJ have had a less than stellar campaign after suffering consecutive losses to NWU-Pukke, Kovsies and Maties and Jack said she hoped they would have similar success.
“We’ve never lost to UJ before in Varsity Netball, so it’s one of the games we should be able to take,” said the fourth-year BTech student. “We’re excited about this one and it should be a good game to watch.”
They will look to get back to their winning ways after they went down 45-24 to University of Pretoria at their home courts on Monday.
“Monday’s game was just a test of how strong we are,” said the Madibaz leader, who switches between centre and wing attack.
“There are definitely more positive thoughts than negative because Tuks did not get a bonus point. Normally when we play against them we are expected to lose by a bigger margin.”