Stu­dents look to home ad­van­tage

The Herald (South Africa) - - CLUB SPORT - Yonela Mofu

MADIBAZ will need to pull out all the stops when they clash with Pukke in a cru­cial var­sity net­ball show­down at the NMU In­door Sport Cen­tre on Mon­day.

The tour­na­ment has passed the half­way stage, with the Madibaz, UP-Tuks, Kovsies and Maties chas­ing Pukke, who top the log with five wins from five games.

Madibaz tackle their tough­est en­counter this sea­son and will need to be on top of their game to se­cure a win.

They go into the match bruised and bat­tered af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing loss against Kovsies on Mon­day.

“We re­alise it is going to be a dif­fi­cult en­counter for us be­cause Pukke have a more phys­i­cal game plan,” coach Lana Krige said.

“We are one of those teams that peo­ple should not un­der­es­ti­mate.

“We have the speed and the ca­pac­ity to pull a rab­bit out of the hat.”

Madibaz are count­ing on the home-court ad­van­tage to give them an edge in their cam­paign to reach the semi­fi­nals.

“The home crowd will def­i­nitely make the dif­fer­ence in the en­counter,” Krige said.

“Some of the girls will have their par­ents com­ing to watch them play for the very first time since high school and that should fuel their con­fi­dence in that match.

“Net­ball in the Eastern Cape is big and we want to show our vis­i­tors that we are a dif­fer­ent breed and we should not be taken for granted.”

Wing at­tack Sanelise Mgi­jima has been ruled out for the rest of the sea­son af­ter in­jur­ing a knee last week.

She will be re­placed by Lin­dokuhle Many­isa, who played bril­liantly in her de­but against UJ.

Eloise Webb will be tour­ing with the Spring­boks women’s Sevens and will be re­placed by Brid­gett Hart.

The match will start at 4.30pm at the NMU In­door Sport Cen­tre.

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