17th Oct, 2018

Holtzhausen aiming for a top four finish

Rob George 1st Oct, 2018

SOUTH AFRICAN attacking star Maryka Holtzhausen claims ‘the possibilities are endless’ for the Severn Stars in 2019 after she confirmed her return to the franchise for a second season.

Maryka, who is in the South African squad currently touring New Zealand and Australia for the ongoing Quad Series, said she believed the team was capable of a top four finish after a positive end to the last campaign.

Holtzhausen joined Stars, a joint franchise between the University of Worcester and the University of Gloucestershire, from Free State Crinums in September last year, first playing for Stars in the British Fast5 All-Stars Championship.

The 5ft 11ins goal attack will continue to live in Cheltenham during the season. She hopes to use her experience playing against top netballing sides, England, New Zealand and Australia, in the Quad Series to Stars’ advantage.

“I am very excited to return to the Severn Stars,” she said. “I think we started a bit slow in the 2018 season and if we can pick up where we left off the possibilities are endless for the 2019 season.

“I believe a top four finish is on the cards. I hope to add controlled speed in the attack, accurate shooting, quick hands and just be a good team mate.”

“I loved everything about my first season at the Stars,” added Holtzhausen, 31, of Bloemfontein, Free State, who outside of netball works as a Sports administrator at the University of the Free State. “Obviously there will always be things I would want to be better at, especially on court, but I enjoyed the team environment, training and my life in Cheltenham.

“I believe the international season is a great opportunity to play against the best teams and players. It doesn’t get bigger than this [the Quad Series] really, but I think every time on court is preparing me for the next big game – and every game in the Superleague is a big game.”

Stars’ head coach, Sam Bird, who picked Holtzhausen as her player of the season last campaign, said: “She is the most dedicated trainer and an outstanding GA for both Stars’ line up and South Africa.

“We have missed her in the short time she has been away from the Club and are looking forward to welcoming her back.”

Visit www.severnstars.co.uk for more.

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