The Madibaz cricket team have won the South Western Districts premier league for the second time after defeating George Cricket Club by four wickets in the final earlier this month.
In an earlier play-off, the Nelson Mandela University team, based in George, beat champions Union Stars by 12 runs. After posting only 104, Madibaz restricted Union Stars to 92, thanks to fine bowling by Joshua Klue (4/9) and Joshua de Ponte (3/15).
George campus sport manager Hugo Loubser said winning the league was something they had set their sights on from the start of the season.
“We previously won in 2013-14 and we felt we were capable of matching any of the teams in the league,” he said.
“There are a number of students from schools in the Southern Cape who have decided to study at the George campus as they believe the university can provide the stage for them to perform.
“We are delivering on this and trust that more cricketers will buy into the Madibaz George cricket culture.”
At last year’s University Sport South Africa Week, the Madibaz team showed their ability by winning the B section of the tournament.
Loubser said a key driving force in their approach was that “nobody is bigger than the team”.
“The fear of failure does not exist among the players as they know that you will lose some matches.
“The players also understand their roles and know that responsibility is not something you pass on to the next person.”
The George students will now, together with the winners of Western Province and Boland, play in a series of matches from March 29 to 31 to determine the Western Cape representatives for the national club championship in Pretoria from April 13 to 17.
Loubser said there was a positive attitude in the camp ahead of the play-offs.
“This season we often had to face off against more experienced teams with more star players than us,” he said. “So we are looking forward to that challenge.”