The SPAR Madibaz netball team will be aiming to capitalise on their intensive preparations to show their potential in the University Sport South Africa tournament in Bloemfontein next week.
With a youthful line-up this year, Nelson Mandela University coach Lana Krige said the squad had been working hard to ensure they remained competitive in the USSA week.
“We have lost some experienced players, but I’m excited about the first-years in the squad,” she said.
“They have all gone the extra mile to fill big boots and I am looking forward to seeing the result of their dedication.”
Krige said their main goal was to finish in the top six.
“USSA is a great platform to test the waters for the Varsity Netball competition later in the year.”
She identified UP-Tuks, Free State and North-West Pukke as the danger teams, but said anything could happen.
“This is a fresh competition and, on the day, if the shots fall, it can be anybody’s game.”
Madibaz Sport netball manager Melinda Goosen said tournaments such as USSA had strong significance for the sport at Nelson Mandela University.
“With netball being the biggest women’s sport in the country, we have to be seen as front runners or at least challenging for the top positions,” she said.
“USSA and Varsity Netball are the competitions in which institutions are measured by their success, as well as being the draw cards to attract young talent to our club.”