After a challenging opening weekend in the Varsity Hockey tournament, the NMMU-Madibaz women’s team will be taking a positive attitude into the second half of the competition in Potchefstroom on Friday.
Madibaz defeated University of KwaZulu-Natal in their first match in Stellenbosch, but lost the remaining three games to end the weekend near the bottom of the log.
However, coach Michael van Rensburg said the team would be motivated to turn the tide in their remaining matches, having learnt much from playing against the country’s top varsity sides.
“The girls have been really positive and are fully aware of our long-term vision,” he said. “The first weekend was incredibly tough but they have held their heads high.
“We are looking forward to the second weekend as we look to improve on the performances we gave in Stellenbosch.”
Van Rensburg added that a priority for the squad would be to keep working on their fitness and conditioning.
“Statistically we played our best hockey in the first and third quarters when we were fresh.
“It was clear that in the second and fourth quarters we were fatigued and this is where the opposition targeted us.
“We have come up with short-term solutions to the problem, but our conditioning is most definitely a
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