SPAR Madibaz captain Jeanie Steyn says she is excited to take on UP-Tuks when they clash in the Varsity Netball semifinals in Pretoria on Monday.
The Nelson Mandela University defeated Stellenbosch in their final match on Monday to finish level on points with their Pretoria rivals – 26 each.
However, the Pretoria side finished second because they had a superior goal difference, earning a home encounter against the PE outfit.
Log-leaders Free State University will face Stellenbosch in the other semifinal in Bloemfontein.
Steyn, the player of the match in Monday’s 46-36 win against Maties (Stellenbosch), said they were as ready as they could be for the play-offs.
“We have had really good preparations this year and everything that needed to be done has been done,” she said.
“Following the wins against Pukke [North-West], Kovsies [Free State] and Maties the girls’ confidence is on a high.
“I firmly believe that if we can maintain that we can beat Tuks.”
She added that they most important thing was to focus on the basics and not to “over-think things too much”.
“Against Maties, we didn’t go in with the attitude of ‘this is make or break’. Rather we just focused on what we needed to do to get the right result.
“I’m really proud of the team because they stepped up a notch.”
The Madibaz skipper said they had a happy camp this season.
“It has been a great journey because we have not only grown as netball players, we have grown as individuals as well. The road we have been on together has made all the difference.”