TuksSquash lead rankings on NSA league
The TuksSquash ladies first team has landed on the top of the NSA league log after claiming a victory against the Harlequins during a league game on 17 April. The team was made up of the following players, Jessica McDonald, Kim McDonald, Nothando Ntimane and Mariska Wiese. The NSA league, based in northern Gauteng, is made up of squash players from different clubs who play against each other. Mariska Wiese sat down with PDBY to discuss the season so far, upcoming fixtures, training and career goals.
Wiese explained the significance of the victory against the Harlequins, “It means a lot to us as a team to know that we have reached the top position of the league. It shows that our hard work has paid off. But it is still early in the season, so it is going to take more hard work and commitment to keep the position throughout the season”. Wiese attributes this success to the hard work and dedication of both the players and the coaches.
Wiese discusses the highlights of the teams 2019 season and reviews the performance during Blitz League, “It means a lot to us as a team to know that we have reached the top position of the league. It shows that our hard work has paid off. But it is still early in the season, so it is going to take more hard work and commitment to keep the position throughout the season” However Wiese cautions against celebrating too much, “It is still quite early in the season, but we are hoping to play in the finals at USSA this year so we can add that to our highlights as well”.
Wiese confirms that the teams have already started training for USSA and details the routines, “We practice three times a week, both on and off court, doing fitness as well as practicing our shots. We also have match practice by playing tournaments and league”.
As for personal career aspirations for the 2019 season, Wiese reveals plans in place to achieve these goals, “This year my main goal is to work hard to be part of the South African squash team that will be going to Shanghai in 2020 to participate in the World University Squash Championships. I am training hard, three to four times a week, and playing tournaments to better my Squash SA ranking. It will take a lot of discipline, but I know that with the support I have from my family, teammates and coach I will stay motivated to reach my goal”.