FLYING FISH BEACH VOLLEYBALL SERIES – CRESTA

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The second installment of the Flying Fish Beach Volleyball Series set to take place in Johannesburg next month has proved so popular that a qualifying round has been organised.

After the success of the inaugural event which took place at New Beach in Durban last week, entries for the Johannesburg leg at Cresta Shopping Centre in Johannesburg from the 15-17 August have been pouring in.

As a result there will be a qualifying round on August 14, with four spots up for grabs in both gender categories to join the top 12 sides and have a crack at the title.

Volleyball South Africa’s (VSA) Beach Volleyball Co-ordinator Gershon Rorich explained: “This is due to the high number of entrants and the fact that the event is capped at 16 teams per gender.

“The Top 12 teams as per the Flying Fish ranking will gain automatic entry. The rest of the teams that enter will fight it out for the four spots available,” he added.

FLYING FISH BEACH VOLLEYBALL SERIES

 

Women’s Final ( Palesa Sekhonyana/Randy Stevens and Sheana Abrahams/ Dieke Hessels) Sunday, 20 July.
By Donovan Nair

Tournament favourites Palesa Sekhonyana from Johannesburg and her Cape Town based partner, Randy Williams were oozing with confidence ahead of their clash against Capetonian, Sheana Abrahams and Dutch born Dieke Hessels.

After a cautious start Palesa and Randy soon found their opponents’ ‘Achilles heel” and posted a quick fire 10-4 lead. Palesa’s clinical finishing at the net yielded a few more valuable points. When Sheana and Dieke found their rhythm things fell into place as they were quick to capitalise on unforced errors and close the points gap. Palesa’s float service troubled Sheana and Dieke to a point where they were forced to concede a few points in a row that started their decline in the opening encounter.
A soft attack well placed by Randy in the far corner of her opponents’ court wrapped the opening set with a 21-14 score line.

Cagey play and the frequent use of the ‘cut’ shot that rolled over the out stretched hands of the blocker were the order of the day in the ‘make or break’ 2nd set for the under-dogs.
With both teams posting quick points on to score board the encounter became evenly contested.
With the scores locked at 16-16 , Palesa and Randy felt that it was time to pick up their game and put the encounter beyond the reach of their tiring opponents.
Sticking to their game plan the favourites closed proceedings with a 21-16 margin to head to the podium as the winners of the inaugural Flying Fish National Beach Volleyball Series.

Men’s Final ( Freedom Chiya/ Clint Stemmet V Ricky Stevens/ Ivan Solomons)
Sporting long dreadlocks veteran Ricky Stevens soon became a crowd favourite as he put in a 5 star performance both in attack and back court cover. No one expected Stevens and his new partner Ivan Solomons to unsettle favourites Freedom Chiya and the hard hitting Clint Stemmet and take a 9-4 lead in double quick time.

When Chiya called for a medical time out the alarm bells began to ring in the Chiya/Stemmet camp. Worried fans thought that it was all over for Chiya and Stemmet as Stevens and Solomons were quick to exploit the situation and stretch their lead. Despite his injury Chiya was a thorn in the side of his much fancied opponents.
With the crowd on his side Chiya limped his way through and kept the pressure on his fellow Capetonians. The points gap was narrowed to 21-20 in favour of Stevens and Solomons. Plagued by injury Chiya and Stemmet let the set slip by a 22-20 margin.

At times forgetting that he was injured Chiya raced into action and pounded a powerful cross court attack that left his opponents stranded. Paying heavily for their silly mistakes, Stevens and Solomons were staring at the prospect of defeat at the hands of their opponents when the scores reached 17-10. Never in danger of losing the set Stemmet paved the way for victory with power blocking and the occasional down the line scorcher. Stevens and Solomons were forced to succumb to a 21 -12 thrashing that forced the encounter to a tie breaking 3rd set.

The tightly contested 3rd set was filled with explosive encounters and equally explosive blocking and the occasional deft touches into open spaces that forced the players to scramble all over the court in an attempt to recover these shots. The spectators loved every minute of the explosive play and joined in the action by urging the players to greater heights.
The long drawn out rallies were taxing as the players pulled out all the stops to win an encounter and edge closer to winning the set. At 12-12 the set could have gone either way had it not been for Solomon and Stevens combining well in attack and defence to wrap up the crucial set with a 15-12 win.

The next leg of the Flying Fish National Beach Volleyball Series will be staged at the Cresta Shopping Mall in Johannesburg in August.

Volleyball South Africa AGM

Chairperson Anthony Mokoena addresses the meeting

Chairperson Anthony Mokoena addresses the meeting

Volleyball South Africa held it’s Annual General Meeting at the Polokwane Royal Hotel on 12 July 2014.

Amongst other matters, VSA also announced that the National Club Championships will take place in Durban, KZN during the mont of September 2014.

The National Club Championships is open to all registered Clubs in VSA. It will be a 32 men and 20 ladies’ team competition. Entries via the Provincial Affiliates are on a first come basis.

Delegates at the meeting endorsed the VSA development programme conducted in partnership with SRSA and completed in five of the nine Provinces. Limpopo, North West, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Mpumalanga were part of the first phase of the development programme.

 

Delegates at the AGM

Delegates at the AGM

VSA Executive Members

VSA Executive Members

Affiliates @ the AGM 2014

Provincial Representatives

U23 WOMEN’S AFRICAN NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP

2014 Women Under 23 African Nations Championship

 

The CAVB has entrusted the Algerian Volleyball Federation with the hosting of this years’ Women under 23 African Nations Championship which willbe played from 5th to 15th September 2014. The competition calendar will be as follows;

 

Arrival of teams and officials                                             5 September 2014

Technical meeting                                                               6 September 2014

Competition days                                                                 7 – 14 September 2014

Departure                                                                             15 September 2014

 

The winner of this Championship will represent Africa in the FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship

YOUTH GIRLS AFRICAN NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP

2014 Youth Girls African Nations Championship

 

The Confederation Of African Volleyball (CAVB) has announced that the Algerian Volleyball Federation are the hosts the 2014 Youth Girls African Nations Championship from 5th to 15th September 2014.

 

The competition calendar will be as follows;

 

Arrival of teams and officials                                             5 September 2014

Technical meeting                                                               6 September 2014

Competition days                                                                 7 – 14 September 2014

Departure                                                                             15 September 2014

The winner of this Championship will represent Africa in the FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship 2015.

National Beach Volleyball

“The Flying Fish National Beach Volleyball Series”

 

Beach Volleyball in South Africa has been catapulted into the stratosphere after the successful hosting of the final leg of the 2013 FIVB World Beach Volleyball Championship at Durban’s New Beach in December.

Volleyball South Africa’s (VSA) Beach Volleyball Co-coordinator, Gershon Rorich,
Indicated that as a direct spin-off of the success of the FIVB event and Varsity Cup, Johannesburg based company Sports 4 U, have secured a sponsorship to sustain competitive Beach volleyball over the next 5 years.

VSA is delighted to announce that South African Breweries have committed to sponsoring the Flying Fish National Beach Volleyball Series for the next 5 years. This will see eight national events run over an 8 month period the first of which will be staged at Durban’s North Beach from 18 – 20 July 2014. The series in endorsed by and will be officiated by Volleyball South Africa.

Rorich said:

“Beach volleyball in our country will be soaring to new heights with the eight (8) events each carrying prize money of R 70 000 per event. The Flying Fish National Beach Volleyball Series gives every participant a chance of walking away with a slice of the prize money.”

Rorich went on to say that even before the official launch of the Flying Fish National Beach Volleyball Series social media was abuzz with excitement and already a record number of entries has been registered for the Durban leg. According to Rorich as an added incentive the top 4 teams in both genders will be given free flights and accommodation to get to the next event in the series. .

Topping the men’s category will be the 2016 Rio Olympic Games hopefuls,
Grant Goldschmidt and Leo Williams a tall and strongly built blocker who parted ways with his long- time partner Jerome Fredericks. The 2012 London Beach Volleyball Olympian, Freedom Chiya will be strutting his stuff on the Durban shores with his new beach volleyball partner, Clint Stemmet who participated in the qualifying round of the 2013 FIVB event in Durban with KZN youngster Jamaine Naidoo. This time round Naidoo has teamed up with former SA national team middle blocker, Kershen Govender.

In the women’s category the long standing partnership of Palesa Sekhonyana and Randy Williams rate as favorites to make it to the podium as the gold medalists in the opening leg of the R70 000 ‘Flying Fish’ champs in Durban. Hot on the heels of Sekhonyana and Williams will be Cape Town youngsters Christin Delcarme and Liezel Petersen and Sheena Abrahams and Dieke Hessels who also participated in the qualifying round of the FIVB event in Durban last year.

Inter Provincial Tournament 2014

VOLLEYBALL SOUTH AFRICA’s 2014 INTER-PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENT
By Donovan Nair

Polokwane’s Indoor Sports Stadium will be the venue for the 2014 Volleyball South Africa’s (VSA) Inter-Provincial Tournament taking place from July 10 to 12.
Joining hosts Limpopo Province in the battle for top honours at VSA’s flagship event are Kwa Zulu Natal, Western Province and Gauteng.
In addition associate members, SAPS and SANDF will participate in the event with their national men and women’s teams. VSA’s annual IPT caters for both genders in the senior and junior (under 20) categories.

While the men and women’s competitions will centre around arch rivals, KZN, Gauteng and Western Province, hosts Limpopo Province are in pole position to dominate the medal ceremony in the Junior men and women’s categories.
The finals and the medals ceremony are set for Saturday, July 12.

SPLASH FESTIVAL 2014

Splash 2014 Medalists

The National Beach Volleyball series kicked off in Port Elizabeth at the Splash Festival. Players from all around South Africa graced the shores of Hobbie Beach for another successful beach volleyball competition. Hobie Beach is the venue for this the longest running Beach Volleyball event in the country.

As a result of the limited number of courts available, entries were restricted. The first day saw all the top seeds going through to Saturday without great effort, however Saturday seperated the “men” from the “boys”.
The usual victors made it through their pool games. They were Grant Goldschmidt/Leo Williams, Clinton Stemmet/Freedom Chiya, Sholto Simms/Andre Burness and Rhakiba Nau/Borja Linage_Alverez in the men.
In the Ladies’ category the teams of Palesa Sekhonyana/Randy Williams, Amelia Luyt/Sheana Abrahams, Christin Delcarme/Liezel Petersen and Anneta Fredericksen/Andrea Meyer all advanced to the Semi finals of the competition.

Grant and Leo won their semi final (21-12 : 21-11) while Freedom and Clinton took care of the new kids on the block all the way from Free State ( 21-15 : 21-12). The finals for the men saw the number one seeds of Grant/Leo taking on the number two seeds of Freedom/Clinton. This turned out to be an epic final which went the distance with the final set going to the number one seeds (15-13).

In the Ladies’ category the number one seeds Palesa/Randy made the finals again against the team who were runners up last year, Christin Delcarme and Liezel Petersen. This turned out to be one of the best ladies’ matches ever played on the SA tour with Christin and Liezel pulling off a huge upset over the number one seeds clinching the set 2-0.

The event was a huge success and SA longest running event is sure to continue for years to come.

National Youth Girls

African Youth Games - Botswana 2014

African Youth Games – Botswana 2014

The National Youth Girls team representing Volleyball South Africa at the African Youth Games in Botswana was announced in Gauteng today 29 April 2014.

The Team is as follows:

Ntandokazi Manjathi Gauteng
Basetsane Malubane WP
Manana Innocent Mosia WP
Sharon Dube Gauteng
Liezle Petersen WP
Tamlyn Thomas WP
Zanele Ndwandwe KZN
Samkelisiwe Sibiya KZN
Goodness Kabini Mpumalanga
Laeegah Sugee Gauteng
Christa Springer Gauteng
Boitshepo Mbayat Limpopo

Coach : Thierry Mabeka Bedi
Assistant : Kiddo Mokoena
Manager : Kruba Jairam