NWU, Potchefstroom Campus, News: Pukke are backbone of Proteas

Pukke are backbone of Proteas

The South African Netball Team may probably have a new coaching team in Elize Kotzé (head coach), Burtha de Kock, Prof Chipeya and Reg Sharp, but its backbone remains unchanged. And, this is a Puk backbone.

netbal marlé geel en marita godsil

Maré Geel and Marita Godsil.

  The Proteas are currently meeting in Pretoria for their first training camp of the year with four current students and two Puk alumni in their ranks.  
  Amanda Mynhardt and Chrisna Bootha both made name at the Puk, whilst Elsje du Plessis, Marlé Geel, Nadia Uys and Success Lekabe currently are the flag bearers. Yet another Puk, Mariete Godsil, was initially in the larger training group, but could not dodge the guillotine.
  With the Netball World Cup that commences within less than six months in Singapore, expectations are high, but if there is one player licking her lips for this challenge, it is Mynhardt.
  “I am very excited and I know we will fare better than some people think,” the longshanks, who completed her Honours in Journalism in 2008, said.
  This year Mynhardt will fight matters out for the Proteas’ captainship with Liezel Wium. “A captain has not yet been nominated and we will probably only hear the result this weekend.”
  Last year she took over as captain from the injured Wium and the role fitted her like a glove. The fact that she already knew so many faces naturally eased matters.
  “It is unbelievable that there are so many Pukke in the group. In Potch I played with them all at some stage or another and to be able to do so in the national team once more simply is amazing,” were Mynhardt’s words.

netbal Amanda Mynhardt en Nadia Uys

netbal chrisna bootha en success lekabe

Amanda Mynhardt and Nadia Uys.

Chrisna Bootha and Success Lekabe.

  She has only praise for her new coach. “She is very cool and we are excited to work with her. She creates an expectation amongst us regarding our abilities. She gives us new hope and then she has abundant experience.
  “It might be my first opportunity to play in a world cup, so I cannot wait for this year.”
Written by Bertie Jacobs.

 Published by Kiewiet Scheppel on 2 February 2011.