With only four players who have Varsity Cup experience, coach Andrew Beynon said they were under no illusions about the task ahead of them.
However, he added that the squad were united in their ambition to work hard throughout the competition.
“We know as a squad that, on paper, we face an uphill battle, but this group is incredibly positive and up for the fight,” he said.
Beynon added that their preparations had begun in February, with the players showing an “excellent attitude towards training”.
“The focus for Madibaz is to build a culture where we value hard work and always remain positive.
“We have set a goal of making sure we improve in every performance and we will not be looking too far ahead.”
He added that the Varsity Hockey tournament was a wonderful chance for the country’s up-and-coming talent to show what they could do.
“You do not get a much better chance than this for these young ladies to showcase their skills on a national level while still being a student.”
The first leg of the tournament will be played at the UCT astro from tomorrow until Monday.
The second leg will take place at the North-West University astro in Potchefstroom from May 10 to 13. The final is scheduled for May 20.