The SPAR Madibaz netball showed they are well prepared for the new season by taking the top two spots in the A section at the Vodacom Madibaz Indoor Sports Centre in Port Elizabeth this past weekend.
The SPAR Madibaz tournament, the pipe-opener to the season, again proved a resounding success, attracting 67 teams from the Eastern and Southern Cape.
To cope with the numbers, the tournament was extended to two days last year and Madibaz netball manager Melinda Goosen said it was as popular as ever.
“Besides the local clubs we had teams from Grahamstown, East London and George, and the vibe on Friday was absolutely electric,” she said.
“At this stage the SPAR Madibaz tournament, which we started in 2005, is one of a kind in the province with the most entries every year.
The tournament also plays an important role for umpires, with many using it as a provincial grading tournament.
“We had a record number of 71 umpires who entered for grading at this tournament, which is the highest we have ever received.”
After their women’s teams ended one and two in the A section, Goosen said the players would now focus on the pre-season Grand Challenge tournaments.
She paid tribute to their sponsors, SPAR Eastern Cape, whose contribution meant a great deal to the club.
“It adds massive value to our operations as we strive to make a difference to the game and the players,” she said.
“With their sponsorship we are able to hold tournaments such as this, helping us to raise the standard of netball in our club and ultimately in the province.”