The University of Johannesburg women's team overcame a lacklustre early season to claim the inaugural championship title in the Varsity Football series in Pretoria on Monday night. UJ put in a commanding performance to claim a 6-0 victory over tournament favourites Tshwane University of Technology. The current USSA national club champions, TUT, were caught off-guard by a strong midfield attack, which was spearheaded by UJ's national players Amanda Dlamini, Presocious Matabologa and Maphuti Manamela. According to UJ football manager Joel Kgokong, the home team had underestimated his side, which has won the Gauteng student league for the past five seasons. "Our game plan was to control the midfield, eliminate the wingers and play two strikers in the middle, who could easily penetrate the flat four defenders," said Kgokong. The plan worked, as eventual player of the match Disebo Mametja opened the scoring from a long ball. She outran the defenders and dribbled past the goalkeeper to place the ball in the net with ease. Dlamini and Matabologa headed in a goal apiece from two corner kicks, while seasoned national striker Noko Matlou scored a brace to take the tally to 5-0 at halftime. After the break, Mametja repeated her opening goal manoeuvre in the final minutes of the game to make it an unbeatable 6-0. Kgokong attributed the team's success this season to new management and coaching strategies aimed at improving the standard of women's football in accordance with UJ's Performance Excellence programme. "Management have realised the importance of having a coach who understands women's football." Coach Isaac Mokoena, who moved from the Soweto campus, and assistant coach Leah Masango had made a formidable team, said Kgokong. UJ women's football manager Julia Maredi echoed Kgokong's sentiments, saying the side's results spoke for themselves. "Coach Mokoena has instilled values that have brought together a focused and determined team with . . .
The 2013 Spur Masidlale Soccer League in the Western Cape ended on a high note for the teams from Sonwabo and Lwazi Primary Schools in Gugulethu as they got to be mascots for the PSL match between Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns at the Cape Town Stadium. These young soccer stars gave it their all during the season to secure the winning VIP Spur Masidlale experience. It was a particularly exciting season in the boys’ category as the 2012 defending champions Lwazi Primary were hoping to make it to number one again. However, Sonwabo Primary pipped them to the post on goals scored. Both teams won eight of the nine games played and logged one draw each. It was the final goal difference of 32 versus 19 that gave Sonwabo the winning edge and secured the number one spot for them. The girls’ team of Lwazi Primary walked off as champions for the second consecutive year. The enthusiastic team won eight and drew one of their games. Their end tally showed them scoring 43 goals, while only conceding nine. Both teams agreed that the effort was most definitely worth it as they got to enjoy a tasty burger meal at Seven Spur in Sea Point before heading out to the Cape Town Stadium for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to field the team with soccer professionals. Excitement was mounting as the teams entered the dresser rooms to change into their special mascot outfits and get a team briefing. Although great fun, being a mascot for a live broadcast soccer game, is serious business and everything runs according to a well organised programme. Heading into the tunnel with television camera’s rolling and the stadium lights in sight, excitement was mounting and expectations building for the big moment when each mascot would get to hold the hand of one of their soccer heroes. The signal was given and the proud mascots were paired with a professional player to head out onto the field. Cameras were flashing and soccer fans blowing their vuvuzelas as players and mascots . . .
Golfers participating in the annual Boardwalk Retail Golf Day will be able to meet celebrities Maps Maponyane (voted South Africa’s sexiest man) and Naas Botha, former rugby Springbok and now a well-known rugby analyst and presenter. Funds will be raised for the Vistarus Centre in Sydenham through the annual charity event, which takes place at the Humewood Golf Club on Friday, October 11. Vistarus supports over 600 destitute people of all ages, giving them a fresh start in life by providing employment opportunities and support. Masego (Maps) Maponyane, the 23-year-old son of legendary soccer player Marks Maponyane, was voted Cosmopolitan’s 2013 “sexiest man” in South Africa. Botha remained the highest points scorer in Springbok rugby history for a number of years, with a points total of 312, until 17 July 2004, when his tally was passed by Percy Montgomery. However, Montgomery passed him in his 50th match, while Botha had only played in 28. Today he is well known for as a SuperSport and M-Net rugby presenter. Both Maponyane and Botha will be playing on the day, and will also be at the prize giving. A four-ball for the fun-filled charity golf day with bags of prizes will cost R2 200.00 (excl VAT). For more information and bookings contact Michelle Brown on 084 222 9347. More Info link:: Twitter: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SiyathethaCommunications?ref=ts&fref=ts YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None For high res version/s of these None image/s please contact: Siyathetha Communications Images:Photographer: Photographer: Photographer: . . .
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University has been selected to host the three-day opening leg of the inaugural Varsity Netball series, which starts in Port Elizabeth on September 21. The action-packed series, which draws its inspiration from the popular Varsity Cup rugby, will see eight tertiary institutions competing in a fast-paced, made-for-television format. NMMU journalism student Dumisane Chauke will captain the SPAR-Madibaz side as they take on the University of Johannesburg, University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University in the initial round-robin competition. Chauke, who was named goal shooter of the tournament at the South African senior championships last month, will lead a strong attack alongside former Protea centre Mampho Tsotetsi. The home team will also present a solid defence, spearheaded by masters student and goalkeeper Zanele Vimbela. Vimbela was part of the national squad that took silver in the World University Netball Championships in Cape Town last year. According to SPAR-Madibaz netball manager Theresa le Roux, spectators could look forward to high quality netball, as the universities' senior national players would be available for most of the six-week series. She said the home team expected strong competition from the likes of UJ and Maties on the opening weekend. Le Roux said one of the highlights would be the introduction of the two-minute power play. "Each team gets a chance to call a random power play and any goals scored during that time will count two points instead of one." Aside from some exciting netball, she said audiences could also look forward to a festive atmosphere, with lots of crowd participation and sponsored giveaways during the breaks. Le Roux said the action would take place at the Missionvale campus on the Saturday and Sunday, with matches starting at 2pm and 3.30pm. The teams then move to the university's South Campus for the live TV broadcast on the Monday night, where UJ will take . . .
Fans of South African rockers The Parlotones will get an exclusive preview of their new album when they tune in to DStv's SuperSport 8 channel on Monday evening. Selected tracks from the band's fifth studio album, Stand Like Giants, will form the soundtrack to the half-hour Old Mutual joBerg2c highlights package. This is the second time that The Parlotones have collaborated with the nine-day mountain bike race, after their single "Brave and Wild" was used as the official theme song last year. According to race organiser Craig Wapnick, the band's previous album Journey Through the Shadows had really resonated with participants on the 910km journey from Johannesburg to Scottburgh. "The theme song, for example, perfectly captured the riders' experience on some spectacular sections of single track in the middle of nowhere. "This year, we have chosen the track 'Powerful' from their new album." Wapnick said working with a well-known local act like The Parlotones highlighted the feel-good factor and South African soul of the event. "The focus of the show is the many 'sections of happiness' or single track trails across our great country. We've put together some great music and inspiring footage that just makes you want to ride." CEO of Sovereign Entertainment and band manager Raphael Domalik said the innovative campaign was well timed ahead of the album's release on September 28. "The Parlotones' music is always uplifting and cinematic, which makes it easy to place the music to the visuals." Domalik said the new album, which was generally about standing united and overcoming obstacles together, promised to be one of the Los Angeles-based band's definitive works. "Stand Like Giants is going to live up to its name and remind people why they fell in love with The Parlotones in the first place." The first single, "Sleepwalker", featuring SA hip-hop artist Khuli Chana, is already receiving extensive airplay. The Old Mutual joBerg2c show, . . .
The Old Mutual joBerg2c has become the first mountain bike event in South Africa to launch a competitive category specifically created for heavyweight riders. According to organiser Craig Wapnick, small, lightweight riders have always dominated the sport of cycling. "It's almost impossible for someone weighing more than 90kg to compete for overall victory in multiday cycling races – at any level. In marathon and cross country mountain biking the same general rule applies." Wapnick said this bias alienated a significant number of larger riders who were physically in peak condition but simply could not match their slighter counterparts on the climbs. "What about those guys who love mountain biking, are as strong as a buffalo but just too heavy? What do they have to aim at?" With this in mind, he said the organisers of the Old Mutual joBerg2c had embraced an exciting new category initiated by TREAD magazine, South Africa's leading mountain bike publication. "The category will be known as the TREAD Buffalo category," said Wapnick. He said the nine-day mountain bike race would be the first event to officially launch the category, with other stage races expected to follow suit. Wapnick said men and women would be able to register for the category and view their results for different events on the TREAD website. "There will be a TREAD Buffalo ranking, with a heavyweight party at the end of next year to give the big boys recognition. "There will also be an official weigh-in before our event, just in case the delicious food served in the race villages makes the category and riders expand." Visit www.joberg2c.co.za to enter and follow the race on Facebook or @joberg2c_journo. More Info link:: http://www.joberg2c.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/fullstop Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fullstopcom YouTube: Author: Coetzee Gouws from Full Stop Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: . . .
With R150 000 in prizes up for grabs, there are a few good reasons for mountain bikers to come out of hibernation and spring into action at the Rudy Project Val de Vie MTB Challenge on September 15. After attracting almost 1 000 riders to the inaugural event last year, the race is well on its way to becoming a must-do item on the Cape Winelands racing calendar. The route, which starts on the elegant Val de Vie estate, boasts various improvements and added features this year – including a trip past the house where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated at the Drakenstein prison. Participants will ride through the prison to the Mandela statue at the entrance, where they can have their photo taken. From there they will cycle past the house where Mandela was held and out the back entrance of the prison. In another coup, Cape Nature has opened large sections of its land to the race. This spectacular terrain includes a tricky three-kilometre descent from a scenic viewpoint. Cape Nature's approval, as well as access rights granted by Pearl Valley Estate, means that riders will not have to double back past other riders en route to the finish at Val de Vie. In addition, all participants will receive a free Rudy Project t-shirt and a R200 discount voucher on their next purchase of Rudy Project Eyewear, Rudy Project helmet, Sidi shoes, Scicon bike bag or Ftech ASG kit. The waterpoints at last year's event left a lasting impression on riders and organisers say this year will be no different. Premium waterpoint partners include Cipla Nutrition, Vrede Foundation, Freedom Hill Farm, Durr Farm, Raw Nutrition, Val De Vie Estate, Organic Energy, Virgin Active, Drakenstein Prison and Ion Camera. More Info link:: http://www.asgevents.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/fullstop Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fullstopcom YouTube: Author: Coetzee Gouws from Full Stop Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One For . . .
The Tag Rugby® Association is honoured to have received a letter of support from the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on Sport for Development and Peace. Since 1992, the Tag Rugby® Association has promoted sport for development on a grassroots level in South African townships, targeting primarily children and youth of all ages. ‘Our programmes focus on getting children off the streets and away from ills by raising awareness on the risks of drugs and crime through sport.’ said Stuart Mc Connell of Tag Rugby®, which is an official associate member of the South African Rugby Union. . Tag Rugby®, is a non-contact team sport and used as a vehicle to promote sports for development and peace. The youngsters learn solidarity, respect, fairness and teamwork. The organisation has recently been invited to start their programme in two prisons in the Cape Town area, training offenders in how to teach sport, fulfill administration and get coaching qualifications to contribute to their reintegration into society and increase their employment chances in the field of sports. The Tag Rugby® Association is a successful example for how sport can get both boys and girls physically active whilst promoting peace, solidarity, anti-drugs and anti-crime messages. Mr Wilfred Lemke, the Under-General-Secretary, said that he hopes that this special project will continue its outstanding efforts. More Info link:: Twitter: TagRugbySA Facebook: YouTube: Author: Carol Vosloo from Tag Rugby Association. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
On 27 July, Jet Club treated 22 lucky Jet Club customers to a fun-filled soccer day at the 3rd annual Carling Black Label Cup final between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. The customers received VIP treatment for the day with fantastic seats and refreshments on offer in a dedicated box just for them. Seen here is Jet Club Manager, Ephraim Mamabolo with some of the excited Jet Club customers. More Info link:: Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoapboxComms Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Soapbox-Communications-Events YouTube: Author: Aisling Philips from Soapbox Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Three For high res version/s of these Three image/s please contact: Soapbox Communications Images: Photographer: Photographer: Photographer: . . .
It’s the world’s single-biggest event series, the most colourful race on Earth, and it’s coming to South Africa. It’s the original and globally acclaimed The Color Run™ – often imitated, never bettered – and it’s crossing the ocean in 2013 to make Africa the fifth continent to experience its unique explosion of colour. South Africans can at last be part of this global phenomenon, participating in a fun run that’s so popular worldwide that just getting tickets can be a feat ... The Color Run™ sold out in Amsterdam within 18 minutes. Internationally renowned as a fun, family-friendly race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back, The Color Run™ brings together communities to create a five-kilometre-long canvas of colour. Participants arrive at the starting line wearing white – anything from white T-shirts to white tutus – and when the start gun fires, the festival of colour begins. Each kilometre of the event is associated with a colour: yellow, red, blue and green. In each colour zone, volunteers shower runners and walkers with clouds of brightly coloured powder. (It is food grade, coloured cornstarch, so it’s 100% natural, safe, and washes out.) The race ends with a colour-throwing party where Color Runners and spectators get to make the world a brighter place, turning the finish line into what CNN iReport described as looking “like a tie-dye convention”. First run in Phoenix, Arizona, in January 2012, The Color Run™ event toured 50 US cities and three international cities in its first year, attracting over 600 000 participants, 650 000 Facebook fans, and over 4 million views on YouTube, while raising donations for charities around the world. “The demand has been crazy and exciting,” says The Color Run™ founder and CEO, Travis Snyder. So crazy and exciting in fact, that this year The Color Run™ will be splashing its trademark palette over 120 US cities and scores of cities across Europe, Australia, South America and . . .