The SPAR NMMU Madibaz's Varsity Netball ambitions suffered a setback when the side went down 53-38 to defending champions Kovsies in Bloemfontein on Monday night. Madibaz coach Dumisani Chauke said her team had known from the outset that the game would be a tough one on the University of the Free State's home court. Chauke said the Madibaz had trained hard in the weeks leading up to the match and prepared well for it. "We stuck to our game plan in the first quarter but after that we allowed them to rattle us and take charge of the game." Despite this, she said the final scoreline did not accurately reflect what had gone on in the match. In what was essentially a game of two halves, Chauke's players took the game to Kovsies from the first whistle and were trailing just 28-22 at halftime. In the remaining two quarters, the hosts took the game away from the visitors and never looked back. "We struggled to bounce back once they took the lead and started piling on the points," said Chauke. With both teams' energy levels flagging in the final quarter, Kovsies slogged away in the closing minutes to take the win plus the bonus point. Despite the negative final result for the Madibaz, shooter Bavuyise Matyumza stood out above the opposition and was named FNB Player of the Match. Chauke said the award was well deserved, as Matyumza had been a tower of strength in their shooting circle throughout the tournament. "From game one Bavu has been shooting excellently and assisting the team in getting points on the scoreboard." With just two matches left in the round-robin section of the tournament, the Madibaz remain in sixth place in the overall standings. Although their chances of a top-four finish look slim, Chauke said it was not an impossibility. "I would like to believe it's not but then each new game day is different. "I believe we can still win against the University of Johannesburg on Sunday. The match against Pukke on Monday . . .
The Open Water Swim season starts in the Eastern Cape on 19 October at Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay. The Marina is regarded as a world class swim venue with its protected salt water canals offering swimmers an environment that is safe from currents, tides, wildlife or waves. Swimming has been taking place at Marina since 1993 and this season the Metsi Open Water Swim Series will offer swimmers the opportunity to participate in either a 10K, 5K, 3K,1K or 500 m event. There will also be a bank to bank swim for U/10 swimmers. The Metsi Series is sanctioned by Eastern Province Aquatics and swimmers will be able to record ratified qualifying times for the 2015 South African Open Water Swim Champs. Presented by Swimming Plus, the Series is sponsored by Metsi Water Solutions, a company who specialises in providing water solutions to Municipalities and Water Boards across the Eastern Cape. “We are stoked to be involved with open water swimming and there is going to be some great swimming taking place over the summer at Marina Martinique,” said Clive Wright on behalf of the sponsors. The dates for all the Metsi events are: 19 October 16 November 11 January Instead of prize money for the 2014/15 Series, there will be a participation league where swimmers will be able to earn points for their Club’s, with R 10 000 up for grabs for the winning Club. “The goal of the Participation League is to grow open water swimming in the Eastern Cape, said Kevin Grey from Swimming Plus. Points will be awarded for participation and also for finishing times achieved. Points will be awarded for all events, with exception of the kiddies bank-to-bank swims. The club with the most accumulated points at the end of the year will be the winning club. To further encourage and to provide extended open water swimming opportunities to the regions triathlon community, Blu Smooth will this season sponsor the wetsuit category at the Metsi events. “Prizes will . . .
The Bestmed-ASG women's cycling team have announced the signing of elite triathlete Lauren Dance as part of their line-up for the 2015 season. Dance, who finished second at the ATU Africa Championships in Zimbabwe earlier this year, will make her debut for the squad at the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge in November. The 24-year-old University of Johannesburg student said she was excited about the fresh challenges and new learning opportunities that being part of a pro team presented. "I usually race these events alone, so I'm looking forward to being part of the team dynamics." While triathlon remained her core focus, Dance said riding for Bestmed-ASG would help to boost her cycling performances across both sports. "Of the three triathlon disciplines, cycling is my strength, but it is underestimated in triathlon. I plan to use the races and my teammates' experience to help me learn more and get stronger." The former U23 national champion, who will continue to compete in triathlon under the MAD Multisport banner, said she also hoped to add value to her new team. "Road cycling will be balanced around the international triathlon season. It usually fits together quite well, so once we know the international calendar, I'll be able to confirm my availability for local road races." This season, Dance finished ninth at the ATU Africa Cup in Cape Town and participated for the fourth time at the world triathlon championships in Canada. Bestmed-ASG team manager Owen Botha welcomed the Boksburg athlete's inclusion in his pro outfit. "I've known Lauren for a number of years and we've been wanting to bring her on board for a while but her triathlon commitments just would not allow it. "So we're very pleased that the opportunity has finally presented itself." Botha said Dance was very strong on the bike and would be an excellent support rider for his team. "She has the ability to set a very steady pace for long periods of time, while her . . .
Participants in October's FedGroup Berg & Bush mountain bike race have donated almost R70 000 worth of library books and furniture to underprivileged rural schools in the Central Drakensberg. The race's community coordinator Nicky Green said she had been surprised and touched by the response from participants, who had made voluntary donations as part of their entry process. "We have been exceptionally blessed by our riders this year. I had no idea what the response would be but have been overwhelmed by the generosity of some." Green said the eighth edition of the KwaZulu-Natal event, which starts on October 10, was fully subscribed across all three racing options. She said some entrants had also been owed refunds for early cancellations but they had offered these as donations instead. "Almost 500 learners between the ages of two and 14 years will now stand to benefit from access to quality educational materials." The three-day stage race starts at the Free State border and traces a route through rural KwaZulu-Natal, finishing each day at Emseni Camp near Winterton. Green said organisers had identified five rural schools in the vicinity of the race route as worthy beneficiaries. She said her goal was to get young children in the area to develop a love of reading. "Even if it's only a handful, I feel that a love of reading and books will get them a head start in life." Green said the book supplier to the 46664 Participate for Good library project had put together a useful list of age-appropriate fiction and non-fiction titles to guide her choices. "My farm neighbour, Alida Nel, worked at a local school for many years. Together with her daughters, this family of teachers also compiled a list of what they think are essential, delightful stories for young readers." While this year's campaign focused mainly on younger readers, Green said she hoped to increase the number of books and targeted age range next year. "However, there are . . .
The North-West Province's premier seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour has taken a detour – into the bush. Organisers of the Bestmed Satellite Classic, which is presented by ASG, have added a mountain biking component to create a whole weekend of scintillating cycling on October 18 and 19. On the Saturday, the 80km and 106km road races roll out from the Route 66 Saloon along the Hartbeeshoek road, while the new 20km and 40km mountain bike events wrap up proceedings on the Sunday. Mountain bike route director Darren Herbst said he and his team were eagerly counting down the days to the inaugural off-road race. "We hope the first edition of the mountain bike challenge will be something really special. This area is truly a gem with so much potential and hidden treasures." He said organisers had been inundated with requests to stage a mountain bike event in the picturesque Hartbeespoort area. "The Satellite Classic has become such a feature on the road racing circuit that it was only natural to try to secure a mountain bike event over the same weekend." Herbst said participants could choose between two manageable distances for the debut event. "We've tried to develop something less technical but that still ensures that cyclists get to experience the full beauty of this part of the country." He said the shorter family ride featured a couple of climbs, totalling just over 300m of ascending, to ensure that riders still got a good workout. "The trail is perfect for those looking for something different and less technically demanding but you still need to have the legs to get up the hills." The longer route on the other hand would offer something for cyclists looking to stretch themselves, said Herbst. "The undulating hills and valleys will be a key part of the trail, and this will result in some challenging climbs and jaw-dropping descents." Combining single, Jeep and forest track as well as cattle paths, the route would . . .
Sprinter Herman Fouché hurtled into a heavy crosswind to claim his hat-trick of wins at the Bestmed Campus2Campus SuperClassic in Potchefstroom on Sunday. The Bonitas fast man tore into the finish at the North-West University rag farm to take the 10th edition of the cycle race in a time of 2:40:54. African road champion Tesfom Okbamariam turned in a tenacious performance and clung to Fouché's wheel to seize second place in the same time for the MTN-Qhubeka feeder team. Westvaal-BMC's Tyler Day chased hard to the line to clock in third in 2:40:55. Fouché said he was delighted with his third successive victory in the 107km race, but said it had been a team effort. "As Team Bonitas, we did a great job in defending the title." He said it was even more satisfying in light of the new route, which moved from the Vaal Triangle campus, and the challenging conditions on the day. "It was quite a hard race, with some major climbs, and the route change definitely played a big role. The wind was also a major factor." The 27-year-old said his game plan going into the race had been very simple. "Just survive!" he laughed. "As a sprinter, you have to survive, stay in front and not miss the crucial moves." With the blustery conditions dampening efforts early on, the first real move of the day came after 50km when Peter Lee Jefferies of Inter-Active Technologies went off the front in a brave solo breakaway. He was eventually joined by Calvin Beneke of EuropcarSA at the 70km mark but the two were chased down in the last 30km. Because of the cross tailwind, Fouché said no serious attempts had gone up the road until after the turnaround point on the out-and-back course. "Everything went crazy after the turn. The race was just out of control because the winds were pumping." He said the MTN-Qhubeka feeder team had started it all off by sending a train up a long drag. "They put us in the gutter, but my teammate HB Kruger and I survived. HB looked . . .
The Algoa Bay Yacht Club has voiced it's opposition to the proposed Algoa Bay Fish Farm and submitted an appeal. The proposed site is inshore of the Shipping zone and offshore of Port Elizabeth's beaches placing it in the path of many of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club's sailing regattas. ABYC exists to foster sailing as a sport. The local, provincial, national and international events that ABYC host bring many tourists to the region, city, port and club - all hosted by volunteer club members eager to promote the sport. Media coverage for a National event such as the Boardwalk Hobie 16 Nationals - which ran for four years offshore of Hobie Beach - was shown to be worth in excess of R420 000 per year for the event. International media coverage for an event such as the 60th SAP 505 World Championships to be held in Algoa Bay from 23 March to 3 April 2015, will easily exceed R3 million - valuable exposure for the club, the Port of Port Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela Bay. Tourism SA uses a figure of R1 350.00 spend per tourist per day - for 320 visitors ONLY to the 505 World Championships over 14 days that will represent a conservative boost to the city coffers of R6 048 000. Add the bed nights for around 250 international sailors at a conservative R500.00 per night for 13 nights and we add R1 625 000 to the expected spend. Add the expected spend by local sailors at the 505 SAP World Championships plus the expected spend by sailors in the Vasco Da Gamma Ocean Race from Durban to Port Elizabeth and we can conservatively expect another R1.5 Million in spend in Port Elizabeth. From one international sailing event, one offshore race, the annual ABYC Sailing Week and the many local sailing regattas the sport of sailing alone is expected to contribute in excess of R9.2 Million in turnover from tourism in Port Elizabeth during 2015. As a consequence ABYC is a valuable partner to all the tourist orientated business in our city. An ongoing youth development . . .
The SPAR NMMU Madibaz will take on defending champions Kovsies in a Varsity Netball crunch match in Bloemfontein on Monday night. According to Madibaz coach Dumisani Chauke, her players have bounced back from two losses on the trot against Maties and Tuks and are ready to face their rivals from the University of the Free State. "I think we've already faced our toughest competition in Tuks," said Chauke. "But UFS are also right up there and they'd like to retain the cup in their trophy cabinet." While Kovsies were mentally and physically a strong team, she said they were not invincible. "At this year's national student champs in PE they only beat us by two goals, so we are looking forward to a great game of netball in Bloem." The match will be a critical one for the team from Port Elizabeth, if they are to make it through to the playoff rounds of the six-week tournament. The Madibaz, who are currently sixth in the standings, will need to win all of their remaining matches to book a semi-final berth. Chauke said her squad would stick to their game plan and play a patient game in getting the ball through to the shooting circle. "We've been working on the attacking movements needed to get the ball through to our shooter. "We also aim to be tight on defence and create as many turnovers as possible to give her a lot of opportunities to get points on the scoreboard." Proteas player Zanele Vimbela, who had been a doubtful starter following an injury last weekend, was back at full strength and would play a vital role at the back, she said. Chauke said the mood in the Madibaz camp was generally positive and the players were looking forward to the challenge that lay before them. Follow the action on @Madibaz4U or find the Facebook page. For more information, visit www.sport.nmmu.ac.za. NMMU Madibaz: Ansu Opperman (GS), Bavuyise Matyumza (GA; GS), Kara Willemse (GS; GA), Mione Marais (WA; GA), Arne Rust (C; WA), Nandipha Jack (C; WA), . . .
The SPAR NMMU Madibaz experienced mixed fortunes in three back-to-back home games during the Varsity Netball competition in Port Elizabeth this weekend. The Madibaz started off on a high note with a 57-28 win against minnows Vaal University of Technology on Saturday. In Sunday's match, long-time rivals Maties made the most of their double-point power play to take the game away from the hosts. The Madibaz fought back but were unable to close the gap, going down 42-51 to the team from Stellenbosch. On Monday night, the home team faced their toughest challenge yet as a powerful Tuks side took a commanding 59-25 win to continue their unbeaten streak in this year's tournament. Madibaz coach Dumisani Chauke said her team had played well generally and that she was satisfied with their performance. "They played their best but there's always room for improvement. "The girls absorbed the pressure from Tuks well and there were some great things that we did in the match but there are still some things we can work on." Chauke said that while the Madibaz had made progress in their attacking play, they needed to tighten up their defences. On that front, the PE-based team may be without the essential services of goalkeeper and Proteas player Zanele Vimbela, who picked up an ankle injury during the Tuks game. Vimbela has been in good form since returning from the Commonwealth Games in August and was named FNB Player of the Match against VUT. "I have not received a report yet from the biokineticist but we'll have to make a judgement call once she's seen a specialist," said Chauke. Looking ahead, she said the Madibaz would have their work cut out for them if they were still aiming to qualify for the playoffs. The team has slipped from fourth to sixth position in the overall standings after the weekend's bruising fixtures. "If we still want to be in the top four, we need to win the three upcoming games," said Chauke. Chauke's players next . . .
The Vodacom NMMU Madibaz stamped their authority on this year's Port Elizabeth Football Association league as the university swept to victory in the premier and premier reserve divisions on Saturday. The premier side took a dominant 6-1 win over Forresters in their final Pefa game to set the seal on their overall triumph in the competition. The Madibaz went into the match with success assured, as they were already ahead of nearest rivals Callies – who had completed their fixtures – on goal difference. Despite having the title in the bag, the students came out all guns blazing and displayed the kind of attacking football that had become their signature throughout the season. After 22 round-robin matches, the Madibaz's final competition tally reflected a total of 76 goals scored with just 16 conceded. The institution's premier reserve team routed Forresters Reserves 8-0 to retain their league title with an unassailable 15-point lead. Lukhanyo Rasmeni, who turned out for both Madibaz sides, was the standout player – scoring a hat trick of goals in each match. Madibaz football manager Mark Tommy said the university was immensely proud of both teams and that their hard work had been rewarded with success. Tommy said the double victory was the result of a magnificent effort by all his players, who had to juggle their academic commitments with a jam-packed football calendar. "Reflecting back on the season (Pefa league and cup, Ussa league and Varsity Football), one just has to look at the number of games they played to appreciate what the boys have achieved." He said winning the league had been a culmination of hard work and consistent form throughout the season. "Our expectations were always high and our approach to this season was to go out and win as many competitions as we could. "Going on to win the Pefa league after falling short of the Varsity Football semi-finals by a mere point is testimony to our continued commitment to do . . .