SPAR Madibaz netball coach Lana Krige says the team are highly motivated to clinch a spot in the Varsity Netball semifinals when they host North-West University in Port Elizabeth on Monday.
Playing at the Madibaz Indoor Centre on the South Campus, the Nelson Mandela University outfit trail the visiting Pukke side by three points, which means victory is the only way the Nelson Mandela University outfit can overhaul their rivals.
With bonus points part of the system there are a number of permutations in terms of making the play-offs, but the Madibaz coach said they were focused only on winning.
“We have to beat them by more than five points and they mustn’t get more than 50 to avoid them getting a bonus point,” she said.
“But I think our first priority is to make sure we aim for the win and then if we get to 50 you have to focus on trying to keep their tally down.
Krige added that Pukke would present a considerable challenge as they had experienced players.
“They are a team of athletes and we will need to play well. We are desperate to make the semifinals so there’s everything to play for.”
It gives them a record of three wins and three losses so far and Krige said she was still waiting for their best performance.
“It’s been a completely different season to last year because this year we have had mixed results.
“I feel we have not played our best yet and we are due for a good game. We have been darting in and out of greatness during our campaign, but what is encouraging is that players such as Hlumisa [Sithonga] and Bianca [Blom] are hitting their best form.”