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BRICS GAMES – CHINA

Volleyball South Africa U20 Girls’ Team had been invited to participate in the Brics Games in China from the 17 to 22 June 2017. The Games are being held in Guangzhou, South China’s Guangdong Province.

The Brics Games is an Inter-Governmental collaboration to promote sport amongst others by the Brics Countries.

Team SA departed after a short training Camp in Gauteng.

The selected players are as follows:
1. DIBIYA SAMKELISWE (KZN), 2. ZANELA NDWANDE (KZN), 3. MOSIA MANANA (WC), 4. TAMLYN THOMAS (WC), 5. CONSTANCE MOKATENG (F.S.), 6. SEJAPHALA MOKGADI (LIM), 7. MICHAEL HEYNES (WC),8 TSHEPISO MAKWEMBILA (LIM), 9. MALEGA ANNELIE (LIM), 10. TATIANA SIMOPOULAS (GAU), 11. AMMON CHRISTINE (GAU), 12. MARY MAGORO (WC), 13. BELLA TEMBE (GAU).
The team management is as follows:

Head of delegation: Anthony Mokoena, Team Manager: Michael Makhubela, Head Coach: Hugan Coopsamy, Assistant Coach Rethabile Chobokoane, International Referee Tannia Lewis,  Team Physio Matome Seroto

A great big thank you to SRSA for giving our girls an opportunity of participating in these Games. The Tour was sponsored by SRSA.

RED-LETTER DAY FOR VOLLEYBALL SOUTH AFRICA

It was  a “Red-Letter Day for Volleyball South Africa (VSA) when the newly appointed Minister of Sport and Recreation, the Honourable Thembelani “Thulas” Nxesi announced during his maiden budget speech in parliament on Friday, 26 May that volleyball has being declared as  the country’s “Sport of the Year”, 2017.

According to VSA Vice President, Kriba Reddy netball, basketball and hockey were the previous recipients of the national accolade that recognises good governance and transformation at all levels of the code of sport.

Reddy said:

“Arising out of the Sports Indaba in 2011 the Government’s White Paper on Sport identified sixteen (16) priority codes of sport which included the so called ” television sports ” rugby, soccer and cricket that have a huge following in our country. The White paper also spoke to the establishment of sport focused schools which included academies in each province.  With volleyball making it onto the priority list it was a matter of time before Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) gave our  sport the nod to be the recipient of their assistance in taking the sport to new heights.

” Through their policy the Government’s  plan is to increase the profile of the code chosen as the “Sport of the Year”. This includes the setting up of a semi professional league that will get television coverage and hopefully attract corporate sponsorship. This plan is for both indoor and beach volleyball, elaborated Reddy.

To fast track the process VSA President, Anthony Mokoena and  Secretary General Michael Makhubela engaged in several discussions with SRSA Director General (DG) Alec Moemi  on the logistics of running the provincial based semi professional league. They agreed, inter alia, that the league will be run over a six week period  from October to November this year in Kwa Zulu Natal.

Mokoena went on to say that the establishment of sport focused schools as stated in the Government’s White Paper will greatly benefit the sport as they will become a nursery for the provincial teams. He pointed out that the Western Cape Sport focused school for volleyball in Kuils River in Cape Town is a case in point.

” The learners live at the school’s modern hostel and have access to excellent facilities to up skill themselves after school hours. The  school  provides the services of qualified male and female coaches, strength conditioning  at the school’s gymnasium and have a medical support team that includes a biokinetistis ,  physiotherapist and  a doctor on call. The learners whose ages range from fourteen to seventeen  years play in the Cape’s schools’ league and in the community based league to give them competition experience,” added  Mokoena.

VSA PRESIDENT IN DISCUSSION WITH MINISTER AND DG OF SPORT

(L to R)

Anthony Mokoena (President, Volleyball South Africa); Thembelani “Thulas” Nxesi (Minister of Sport and Recreation);  Alec Moemi (Director General Sport and Recreation)

CHAMPIONS CUP 2017 – FINAL DAY

Volleyball South Africa’s (VSA) prestigious national inter club championship for men and women staged at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal’s Westville Campus Sports Centre ended on a disappointing note for the host province. With “home-turf” advantage KZN fielded nine (9) men’s teams and two (2) women’s teams, their strongest candidates being Liberte of Tongaat the 2016 winners of the Champions Cup and seasoned campaigners, UKZN and DUT.

Liberte are the only KZN outfit to win the national silverware on two occasions, in 2000 and 2016 in the tournament’s seventeen year history.

The local fans were devastated when Liberte, the defending champions exited the tournament in the quarter final stage when they squared up against a fired up Vaal University of Technology (VUT). Liberte lost the encounter by 3 sets to 1. The tournament’s dark horses, Kamplits of Limpopo edged out UKZN 3-1 while DUT succumbed by the same margin to Uni Jozi (UJ), the eventual winners of the championship.

The promises of a double celebration became a possibility when the Limpopo Province’s men and women’s teams reached the final of the Champions Cup for the first time. The tournament’s best setter, Sina Rakumakwe must be credited for unleashing her attack force spearheaded by her skipper, Tebogo Sejewe (best attacker) for taking a commanding 2 sets to 0 lead in double quick time in a best of 5 sets final. When VUT, the 2016 silver medallists fought back they levelled matters at 2-2. Had it not been for the synergy that existed between Rakumakwe and Sejewe VUT would have reached the podium as gold medallists. “Pandemonium” erupted on the court when Kamplits closed proceedings with a 15-8 final set win to lift the coveted Champions Cup silverware for the first time.

The men’s final between UJ and Kamplits was a mouth watering encounter. Making their first appearance in a final of a national competition, Kamplits of Limpopo threw caution to the wind and took the fight to the more experienced UJ coached by Hugan Coopasamy who is part of the national coaches panel. UJ’s devastating trio, Jeremy Sunker (best setter), Keifer Govender (best attacker) and Martin Zulu (the tournament’s most valuable player) stopped the Limpopo lads in their tracks by taking the opening set by a 25-22.

Lapses in concentration resulted in UJ losing a tightly contested 2nd set by a heart stopping 24-26 score line. When UJ’s Sunker, Govender and Zulu got back into the swing of things they combined well to pulverise their opponents’ blockers to take the set by a 25-16 margin. However things became decidedly difficult for the Johannesburg team as Kamplits ‘Nataniel Rafapha and Jonas Mathobi (best blocker) matched Coopasamy’s charges in attack and strong defence at the net. Finally it was the experience of UJ, the three times winners of the Champions Cup that gave them the surge to wrap the crucial set with a breath taking 25-23 score line.

The top two teams in both genders will represent South Africa at the African Zone 6 regional club championship later this year.

Donovan Nair   VSA Media

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