The SPAR Madibaz team made a winning start to their Varsity Netball campaign when they defeated University of Johannesburg 50-24 in Port Elizabeth on Monday.
Home team skipper Jeanie Steyn was thrilled with the result, which came with a bonus point, but said there was still much work ahead of them.
“It was good to see how we have progressed and also what we still need to work on for the rest of the competition,” said the 24-year-old Madibaz star.
“Going into the match against UJ we knew we had to focus on our strengths and strategies and apply what we’d been working on thus far.
“We are also striving to really enjoy the whole process and competition and actually just have a bit of fun too.”
Steyn certainly seemed to enjoy herself, being named the MTN Interceptor of the Match, standing strong against the UJ attacks.
She and FNB Player of the Match Hlumisa Sithonga often proved the difference between the two sides as they constantly thwarted their opponents’ attempts to narrow the gap.
The captain acknowledged that it would be a fresh challenge against UP-Tuks, one of the competition’s leading teams, on Monday.
“Tuks will definitely be a different ballgame from UJ,” said Steyn. “They are a fast, reactive team, but we can counter that by playing smart and patient netball.”