Jeanie Steyn, goalkeeper for SPAR Madibaz, said the team’s early wins in Stellenbosch over the weekend meant they were on the right path to achieve the goals they had set for the Varsity Netball tournament.
After their early success, the second-year visual arts student said she believed the team could still achieve their goal of finishing in the top four and were eager to give spectators an exciting show.
“At the end of the competition it’s going to be very competitive. This season is one of those years that everyone has a chance,” she said.
“We’re fighters and I think that’s something people don’t expect. We’ll be fighting right until the end.”
She explained they had a quick, sharp style of play that was hard to defend against.
“We play a different type of netball and I think this is our greatest strength. If we stick to this style then we can definitely compete against the tougher teams.”
The key, according to the former Pretoria resident, would be to stick to the basics and their own style of play.
The team will next step out against Tuks on Monday (September 4) for the third round of the tournament and, with the match being at home in Port Elizabeth, Steyn said the support from fans would provide a boost.
“One of our toughest games is next week, but it’s good to be playing them at home. The players know all the spectators will have our backs and if you have the supporters cheering for you then it always boosts confidence.”
The Monument High School alumnus said confidence was one of the areas the team could work on.
“We’re a team with potential, but we don’t always believe in ourselves. I think it was good for us to start on a high so we can carry this mindset through the whole competition.”
She said the last two rounds half provided a good opportunity for the team to settle and see what worked and what didn’t ahead of the upcoming games.