The success of the annual SPAR Madibaz netball tournament at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth is evident in its continued growth in popularity, with a record 80 teams and 800 players attending this year.
In an absolutely thrilling final in Bloemfontein on Monday night, the home side, UFS Kovsies, stunned and outplayed defending champions, UP Tuks, to win the 2018 Varsity Netball tournament 63-59.
Kovsies overpowered Maties 56-45 in a nail-biting Varsity Netball semi-final at the Callie Human in Bloemfontein on Monday evening, the home side booking their place in tournament final.
It was determination versus experience as the defending champions UP-Tuks pulled ahead to knock out a determined Madibaz side 55-46 in Monday's first Varsity Netball semi-final.
SPAR Madibaz captain Jeanie Steyn says they are fired up to continue "an amazing journey" when they contest the Varsity Netball semifinals against UP-Tuks in Pretoria on Monday.
The SPAR Madibaz netball team are geared up to make one final push for a spot in the Varsity Netball semifinals when they host Stellenbosch University in their last round-robin match in Port Elizabeth on Monday.
After playing Varsity Netball from 2013 to 2016, Maties’ Juline van der Merwe (nee Rossouw) addressed this year’s eight teams with an inspirational talk featuring the fond memories she holds for the competition.
A young and fighting SPAR Proteas went down 61-44 to the Australian Diamonds in their opening fixture of the 2018 Sanzea Netball Quad Series in Auckland, New Zealand this morning.