NMMU Madibaz – who finished last in their first Varsity Cup campaign and had many pundits, myself included, questioning their aptitude for the competition – last night beat reigning champions UP Tuks to qualify for the semi-finals for the first time.
With no KZN representation in the Varsity Cup, I’ll admit that I’ve adopted to Madibaz as my sort of “special project”, given that they’re recruited heavily from the “second tier” ranks in Durban, with many Sharks Academy boys deemed surplus to Sharks requirements opting to make the move down the coast to PE to play for Madibaz. It’s been a real pleasure seeing some of these boys mature and develop further via the Varsity Cup competition and a huge triumph to see them finally claim a “big scalp”, on their way to a first-ever top four finish.
Perhaps the biggest reason, though, that I’m so proud of what NMMU has achieved this season is the fact that my old friend Tim Goodenough – the guy who literally wrote the book (twice) on achieving exceptional performance through concentrating on coaching the mind – has been an integral part of their team and their success this year. Tim, who was involved with the Sharks back in 2008, has instilled such a firm sense of belief and confidence in the Madibaz team that I have no doubt they would not have made it this far without his input.
So a big congrats to Tim and everyone else involved with Madibaz this season. I can only wonder how many more trophies we might have in Durban had he been allowed to continue his work with the Sharks…Tweet