Tuks net­ball star De Bruin set to go places

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS -

ONE of the ris­ing stars on the net­ball scene is the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria’s Mar­l­ize de Bruin, whose re­cent dom­i­na­tion in lo­cal tour­na­ments has caught the eye of the selec­tors.

De Bruin is one of six play­ers from Tuks who have been se­lected to rep­re­sent the South African Stu­dent team that will go all out to de­fend their ti­tle at the World Stu­dents Tour­na­ment in Uganda.

For De Bruin, the next few months are go­ing to be hec­tic.

She is with the Jaguars team who will be com­pet­ing in the Su­perClub Tour­na­ment in Nel­son, New Zealand, which starts to­mor­row.

When she comes home, she is go­ing to play for Tuks dur­ing the Var­sity Tour­na­ment (Au­gust 26 to Oc­to­ber 8).

She is also part of the South African Fast Five squad as well as the SA Pres­i­dent’s squad.

But in be­tween all of the play­ing and train­ing she has got to find time to com­plete the fi­nal year of her ed­u­ca­tional stud­ies.

At the mo­ment that en­tails work­ing as a teacher at Afrikaans Hoër Meisieskool and then net­ball train­ing un­til the early evenings.

Be­fore she started study­ing at Tuks, De Bruin took a gap year in which she mostly fo­cused on hon­ing her net­ball skills.

De Bruin did not get much game time dur­ing the Jaguars Bru­tal Fruit Cam­paign as she had to com­pete with Erin Burger and Izette Griesel (both Protea play­ers) for the cen­tre po­si­tion. She ad­mits that at times it was tough not to play.

“But I re­alised that I was ac­tu­ally lucky. There are not many cen­tres that get to test them­selves dur­ing a train­ing ses­sion against some­one like Erin who is con­sid­ered to be one of the world’s best. I was forced to lift the stan­dard of my play.”

Last year, the Jaguars, which is ac­tu­ally an all UP-Tuks team, man­aged to win only one game dur­ing the Su­perClub Tour­na­ment in New Zealand.

De Bruin says that this time around they are go­ing to give a bet­ter ac­count of them­selves. “The pre­vi­ous time we didn’t know what to ex­pect. But now we are bet­ter pre­pared and our coach, Jenny van Dyk, has left noth­ing to chance in the build-up.

“The im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber is when play­ing in New Zealand is that the game is go­ing to be much faster and more in­tense to what we are used to in South Africa.”

The other Tuks play­ers play­ing for the Jaguars who are also se­lected for the South African Stu­dents team are Chantelle Swart, Chante Louw, Tshina Madau, Lungile Mthembu and Jas­mine Ziegelmeier. – African News Agency (ANA)

PIC­TURE: AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY (ANA)

Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria net­ball star Mar­l­ize de Bruin has caught the eye of the na­tional selec­tors.

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