Muzi Fuma, 14, from Lower Crossroads, narrowly missed out on her 2016 Western Cape under-15 colours after a gruelling two-day WC trials at De Kuilen High School, in Kuils River, at the weekend.
Despite that setback, she still has her WP colours intact and there’s no denying that she is going places.
At the weekend, for instance, she showed that she has talent, the right attitude and skill to be a future netball sensation.
Those skills were in full display when she and hundreds of other netball hopefuls fought it out in Western Cape netball trails at the weekend.
She danced her way through the court, occasionally leaving her marker for dead.
“Yes, my aim was to do well in these trials in order to get my WC colours.
“I did my best but, as it turned out, the other players were on top of their game, which made things even more difficult.
“It’s not the end of the world though, and I know I will bounce back soon. I just need to go back to training and work extra hard so that I can improve my game,” she said.
Competing in the under-15 division, the youngster showed maturity beyond her age, with deft touches and pinpoint passing.
She just needed to be a little more consistent in her game.
In fact, that lack of consistency proved to be her downfall in the WC trials.
With three year’s experience under her belt, she should be able to bounce back from that disappointment.
Muzi said she got to play netball by chance, thanks to her former deputy principal at Meadowridge Primary school.
“I was not really a netball player, so I just went there to watch others play. The school’s deputy principal was convinced I could make a great netball player. So, sometime in 2013, I got to the court and, since then, have never looked back,” she said.
Muzi said things started to happen thick and fast for her as her development continued.
“That year I also went to the Western Province and the Western Cape Trials, which were both successful. It was, from then on, a matter of keeping consistency which I think helped me a lot,” she said.
The Grade 9 pupil at Lentegeur High School, who plays goal defence, said she wanted to see herself playing for the national team soon. This, she said, was possible as long as she kept working hard on her game.
Despite having done well in the WP and WC trials before, Muzi hasn’t had a chance to represent the province in any national event yet.
She said her opportunity will come and, once it does, she will grab it with both hands. She also encouraged fellow youngsters out there to get involved in netball as it is a fun sport.
“Each time I get into the court I make sure I enjoy myself because I know if I enjoyed myself, my performance is going to be good. You just have to avoid being tense because, in that situation, you won’t be able to play your normal game,” she said.
Muzi said the most special thing about netball is the fact that it exposes one to different situations and people which, in the long run, is beneficial for the player’s development.
She also insisted that the sport requires you to have one special skill: “You have to stay with your opponent all the time, you will never go wrong”.