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18 August 2021
Courtleigh Behr to lead UWC to Varsity Netball 2021
Courtleigh Behr has been confirmed as UWC’s captain for Varsity Netball 2021.

The 22-year-old, who is in her third year of a BA Sport, Recreation and Exercise Science degree, effectively succeeds Keesha van Schalkwyk, the 2019 captain who has completed her law degree. 

During a Meet Your Captains interview with Varsity Sports Media recently, Behr revealed how the UWC team have been preparing for Varsity Netball 2021 – which will take place in a bio-bubble environment at Stellenbosch University.
Behr in action in 2019, during her only Varsity Netball campaign

“We have prepared well enough as a team and are ready to show our colours. Our coaching staff [headed by Danlee Matthews] has put in the work and effort in getting us ready and in shape for the tournament. Now it’s in our hands,” Behr said.

It’s fair to say that getting ready for this year’s tournament has been a challenge due to the recent Level 4 lockdown restrictions halting non-professional sport up-and-down the country. Nonetheless, Behr revealed that UWC have at least got a fair amount of court time behind them.

“In preparation for this tournament, we had a few friendly games that challenged us in a good way. We played with strong TNL [Telkom Netball League] opponents, Western Cape Tornados, and a few other teams in the Twizza Championships.”

UWC finished as runners-up in the Cape Town leg of the inaugural Twizza Netball Club Championships, losing out 26-41 to Durbanville, but won’t necessarily have as lofty ambitions for Varsity Netball – which has only been won by Kovsies (three times), NWU and Tuks (both twice). Instead, Behr revealed, their aim to is to better their 8th-place finish from two years ago and to create a lekker vibe in the bio-bubble… “as we always do”. 

Varsity Netball 2021, which takes place from 21-30 August, will be Behr’s second. She is a former South Africa Under-18 and Under-19 player and has represented both of the Western Cape's Telkom Netball League teams, namely Southern Stings (2019) and Tornados (2020).