Playing at the Madibaz Indoor Sports Centre, the SPAR Madibaz team defeated the University of Western Cape and Vaal University of Technology, with Phuza taking both player of the match awards.
Having been included in the University Sport South Africa team to compete in the World University Championships in Uganda next month, the 25-year-old sociology master’s student said the Varsity Netball tournament was the perfect chance to test herself.
“The UWC and VUT players have different playing styles, so the player-of-the-match recognition means I can handle a variety of opponents, something I will face in Uganda.
“With that said, we must remember that defence depends on teamwork and I must acknowledge the work done around me by my colleagues to make space for the intercepts that I took.”
Phuza said their opening weekend of success was due to their training programme.
“As a team we have worked hard to be mentally, spiritually and physically ready for the series,” she said.
“I think the work that has been put in by our coaching staff and management showed in the first matches.”
She added, though, that they faced some tough games ahead.
“Next week [Monday] we play an experienced UP-Tuks team who have just come back from New Zealand where they did well against some top league teams.
“I’m personally excited by strong opponents because they stretch your boundaries.”
She added that Sunday’s match against University of Johannesburg would also be “mentally challenging”.
“They have so much spirit and give a great fight until the last whistle,” said Phuza.
“If you let that kind of team ride on their energy and give them even a modicum of hope, they will exploit it and make it very hard to win.”