The SPAR Madibaz Netball Club will field a total of 11 teams when they host their opening of the season tournament at the Vodacom Madibaz Indoor Sports Centre in Port Elizabeth this weekend.
Netball manager Melinda Goosen said the SPAR Madibaz tournament was the perfect opportunity for them to test their playing strength at the start of the season.
“The main objective of the tournament is to give coaches and clubs with a chance to assess their players ahead of the new season,” she said.
“This is a good starting point for the Madibaz teams as they prepare for their upcoming matches.
“The action starts on Friday at 4pm and runs until 9pm and then there is a full day on Saturday from 7am to 6pm.”
She added that teams from George, Grahamstown and East London would be participating in the tournament at the south campus.
“We operate on a first-come first-served basis and are sitting on another record entry, with a total of 68 teams having entered,” she said.
Besides the tournament, Madibaz coaches and leading players are involved in a number of two-day clinics being held in the Eastern Cape.
Goosen said the aim was to spread the sport of netball to where “it may be lacking a bit and thanks to the financial support from SPAR, our loyal sponsors, the club is able to do just that”.
After the Despatch clinic this month, further clinics will be held in Graaff-Reinet (March 9 to 10), Grahamstown (March 14 to 16) and George (March 21).