It certainly has been a very difficult few weeks for coach Nazeem Adams and his DHL WP U19 side. After a very strong start to the season the team has endured a tough run of games, which has seen them slip away from the top of the table.
Adams explains that a number of factors have been behind the difficult spell that the team has had to deal with. He said: “It has not been easy for us over the last few weeks. I think we haven’t played to our potential for starters, but there have been a few setbacks beyond our control during this time. We have had quite a lot of injuries, which have affected our momentum.
“A positive is that we have quite a lot of players coming back from injuries and hopefully they will be ready for Saturday’s game and the semifinal next week.”
Despite their poor end of season form, the Province U19’s are still very much in playoff contentions and could finish in 3rd on the log with victory this Saturday. Whilst Adams admits they have not quite reached their goals set out for the campaign, he is still confident of success going into the knock out stages of the competition. “Our aim for the season was to get into the top two positions so that we could host a semifinal. We have not quite reached that goal, but we are still very confident of winning this competition.
“We went unbeaten in the first half of the season, so we have proven we can beat anyone. We have lots of players coming back, so there is no reason why we can’t perform like we did earlier in the campaign. The players are confident and we are looking forward to the business end of the season.”
This Saturday’s clash sees Province take on the U19’s from SWD. The team from George has yet to win a game this season, but Adams is taking nothing for granted. “After four straight losses we are looking forward to making amends this Saturday at Newlands. We want to get our momentum back, but we cannot take SWD for granted as they will be looking to end their season on a high. We need the win so we will be going all out for victory.”
The game is the first curtain raiser to the Absa Currie Cup clash between DHL WP and the Pumas at DHL Newlands. The main game kicks off at 17:05 and tickets are still available at Computicket.