The SPAR Madibaz netball team are gearing up for a tough double-header in the Varsity Netball tournament in Port Elizabeth on Sunday and Monday.
It will be part of some top-quality action at the south campus because log-leaders UP-Tuks will also be playing. They face UWC on Sunday followed by a high-profile showdown with Stellenbosch (Maties) on Monday.
Madibaz coach Lana Krige said they knew what lay ahead because there were no easy matches in the competition.
“There is very little to choose between the teams and we know that we are in for some testing games this weekend.
“We played UWC in the USSA (University Sport South Africa) tournament and won by only a handful of goals.
“They are very fast and very fit and it’s going to be tough, but we have the skill to hopefully come away with a good result.”
The Madibaz coach rated UP-Tuks and Maties, who are the only unbeaten sides so far, as the leading teams in the competition.
“It’s difficult to say who will make the final because anything can happen, but both these teams have good continuity and maturity in their ranks.”
Having said that, Krige added that they were looking forward to tackling Maties on their home turf.
“They play a far more open game than UP-Tuks and we are looking forward to a great encounter.
“They have the speed and the flair, but we are a team of really hard workers who play a precise game. If we can get that precision right for longer periods then we will be in with a chance.”
The fixtures are:
Sunday, 3pm: UP-Tuks v UWC; 4.30pm: SPAR Madibaz v Maties.
Monday, 5.30pm: Maties v UP-Tuks; 7pm: SPAR Madibaz v UWC.