Students look to home advantage
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.