The Madibaz squash team, runners-up last year, are eager to make an impact when the University Sport South Africa tournament is held in Cape Town later this month.
Coach Jason le Roux said they knew it would be a tough week, but they were determined to finish in the top three.
“Having said that, we know that there are some really good sides at the week. The level of the tournament has improved over the years and it will be hard squash for six days.”
Madibaz have lost their No 1 from 2018, John Kuhn, but Le Roux feels they have a well-balanced side.
“Warren Bower has moved up to No 1 and Johan Thiel, who is really playing good squash, is at No 2 with Murray Schepers, who played No 1 for Tuks [University of Pretoria] last year, slotting in at three,” he said.
“Gershwin Forbes will be the men’s reserve player.”
He added that 2018 USSA representative Hayley Ward would spearhead the women’s team, with strong back-up from Bianca Brown and Dani Shone. Micaela Boy is the reserve.
Starting with the individual tournament from Sunday to Tuesday, Le Roux added it was an important platform for the players to make an impact.
“You can’t laugh off the individual , because you are ranked in the team event on how well your players do on the first three days,” he said.
“So that is important because you want to aim for the best ranking you can get going into the team competition from Wednesday to Friday.”