The Madibaz women’s squash team won the Eastern Province first league for the second year in a row when they defeated Londt Park in the final fixture last month.
After winning the title by just two points in 2018, the Nelson Mandela University were a bit more dominant this year. They needed only one point to remain champions from their final fixture and they ended up with a 12-point advantage.
Captain Bianca Brown said the training they had done in preparation for the University Sport South Africa squash week had stood them in good stead.
“Obviously as we had the same team from last year we were fairly confident of doing well again in the league,” she said.
“But I think what really helped us was the hard work we put in ahead of the USSA week, which took place in early July.”
Considering the lengthy gap between last year’s triumph and their previous success in 2002, Brown said it was encouraging to win it again.
“Yes it was really nice to back up last year’s win with another league title, which ensures that Madibaz squash remains in the spotlight,” she said.
The league success came after another good week in the USSA competition in July when Madibaz ended runners-up to University of Johannesburg.
Brown, Hayley Ward and Dani Shone made up the USSA Best of the Rest team, while Ward was the women’s individual runner-up. The team came second in the women’s category.
Mikayla Boy, who along with Anli Thiel completed the women’s first league squad this year, was the USSA B section individual winner.