Madibaz’ star players win netball awards

2017-12-20 06:01
SPAR Madibaz star, Jeanie Steyn, was named player of the year at the recent Nelson Mandela Bay Netball Association’s awards.                          Photo:LUKE THORROLD

SPAR Madibaz star, Jeanie Steyn, was named player of the year at the recent Nelson Mandela Bay Netball Association’s awards. Photo:LUKE THORROLD

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THE SPAR Madibaz players continued to show their dominance in the Nelson Mandela Bay Netball Association’s competitions by scooping a dozen awards at the organisation’s recent annual prize-giving.

Leading the way for the Nelson Mandela University club was Jeanie Steyn, who was named the region’s player of the year.

Madibaz netball manager Melinda Goosen said the number of awards continued a 15-year trend during which the university had become a dominant force in local netball.

“Although we did not win the league, you will find that most of the region’s provincial teams were made up of Madibaz players,” she said. “The exception is the team that plays in the Brutal Fruit competition because its composition is split 50-50 with Buffalo City.”

The success of Madibaz netball was due to the all-round contribution of players and management staff, she added.

“For example, all the players who won awards have come under the guidance of their coach, Lana Krige, who has made a big impact on the sport at the varsity.

Euleen Grobbelaar received the award for most valuable technical official at the NMBNA prize-giving.

Goosen also praised the player of the year, Steyn, for her efforts during the year.

“Jeanie struggled with a niggling injury, but she never stopped giving her all.

“That sort of commitment helped the club come through the year with top honours.”

Goosen said they were happy with the playing standard their teams had produced this year, including the Varsity Netball competition, in which they ended fifth on the final log.

“Now, we are looking to build for next year. We place a lot of our focus on recruiting local players because we have an abundance of young talent in the Eastern Cape,” she said, adding that they had to compete with other universities, which were also on the lookout for promising young players.

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