For once in her netball career Tanya Mostert’s fiancé and soon-to-be husband is getting preference to netball. She is getting married on Saturday to Anrich von Berg and will leave for honeymoon on Sunday, subsequently missing Monday’s semi-final match against the Maties in Bloemfontein.
Since debuting against the NWU in the Kovsies’ very first match in the inaugural Varsity series in 2013, Mostert only missed a single Varsity Netball match due to national commitments in 2016. According to her she has made a lot of sacrifices over the six years, so this time her sport will have to play second fiddle.
“I think it would have been unfair towards Anrich if I decide we can’t go on honeymoon now due to netball. It was a decision we took some time ago,” she said.
Her message to her teammates would be to please win on Monday in order for her to have possible one final match in the Kovsie colours the week after in the final. Mostert (24) hasn’t decided yet if she will continue studying post graduate in 2019. She started working as a primary school teacher this year.
“The players really yearn to lift that trophy. It’s been some time since we last played in the final (in 2014). My message to them will be to give it their all on Monday.”
According to Mostert, one of the most versatile players in the competition who can slot in at centre, goal defence, goal keeper or wing defence, the team is currently one that gels very nicely.
“It’s been coming since the Brutal Fruit Premier League (where almost the whole Kovsie team played as the Free State Crinums) that everyone fully understand their role in the team. We realized where our strengths lie and play according to it. In addition we play for one another.”
Her best friend and former Kovsie teammate, Sumé Myburgh, made a big banner for Mostert which she displayed on Monday during the final group match against the NWU. It read that it was her last match as a Mostert and it was five more sleeps until the wedding.
“Sumé is such an exceptional friend and close to my heart. I’m blessed to have someone like her in my life. That banner was very special.”