QUEEN MOTHER PATRON OF SPAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Royal Bafokeng, South Africa - Royalty has been much in the news in recent weeks, with the birth of Prince George of Cambridge and the ascension to the throne of King Philippe of Belgium – and the SPAR National Championships at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace near Rustenburg next week is to have a touch of royal magic as well.

Her Majesty, the Queen Mother Semane Molotlegi of the Bafokeng nation.
Picture by: Royal Bafokeng Sports


Her Majesty, the Queen Mother Semane Molotlegi of the Bafokeng nation has agreed to be patron of the tournament, and will be part of the Opening Ceremony on the 5th August. The Queen Mother is well known for her interest in women’s issues. She founded, among others, the Bafokeng Women’s Club and served actively in health advocacy. She has managed several job creation centres, serves on several boards and is the Area President for the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) in Southern Africa. Among others, she is a Patron of the World’s Children’s Prize, South African Girl Guide, and the National Choral Music Awards.

In February 2003, Queen Semane was awarded the Leading Light Tribute by the International Women’s Forum as an achiever who has enjoyed success, not through privilege, but through resilience and perseverance.

Because of her passion for women’s interests, she said she was particularly pleased to be patron of the National Championships during National Women’s Month. “Netball is a sport that has done much for girls and women throughout South Africa,” she said. “There are few women in the country who have not been involved in netball at some time in their lives, and I salute what Netball South Africa is doing to develop the sport at all levels. I look forward to seeing the cream of South African netball in action next week.”

The tournament starts on Monday August 5 and ends on Saturday August 10.


LEARN MORE ABOUT NETBALL ONEVERYTHING NETBALL

Johannesburg, South Africa - There’s good news for netball fans who complain that their
sport does not receive adequate media attention – for the next six months, SuperSport 4 will be broadcasting a monthly half-hour magazine programme called “Everything Netball.”

The name says it all – the programme will cover all aspects of the most popular women’s sport in the country, from development programmes and primary school netball to the pride of South Africa – the SPAR Proteas, who were recently crowned champions of Africa.

“This is going to do so much for netball,” enthused Netball South Africa (NSA) Vice President Blanche de la Guerre. “It will put netball on the map and people will be able to see what the sport is all about. Many people know very little about netball and are unaware of what we do. For instance, most people don’t know that there are 47 netball regions in the country, and most women will have played it at some stage in their lives.

“People will also be able to see what a vibrant and exciting game it is. Those who dismiss it as a game for schoolgirls will see how much skill and athletic ability is needed at the top level. Netball will be in the face of the viewers, and that will raise our profile.”

The first programme will be aired just days before the annual SPAR National Championships in Rustenburg, where 42 teams, divided into three sections, will be vying for the chance to be named South African champions.

The programmes will be made available on YouTube, for the benefit of those who do not have access to DSTV. Catch the launch programme on Supersport 4 and HD on Thursday 1 August at 19h30 prime time.

SuperSport have also agreed to broadcast all international matches involving the SPAR Proteas at home, and will endeavor to cover international matches where possible.


ITF AGM CHANGES RULES OF TENNIS TO PERMITSMART’ EQUIPMENT

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) today announced that the Rules of Tennis had been amended to permit the use of ‘Player Analysis Technology’ during play. The new rule was approved at the recent ITF AGM in Paris on Friday 12 July, and will be included in the 2014 edition of the Rules of Tennis as Rule No. 31.

Player Analysis Technology includes any equipment that collects, stores, transmits, analyses or communicates information on player performance, and may be a stand-alone device or incorporated within existing equipment.

The ITF will approve all Player Analysis Technology that may be used during play, a function that it already fulfils for tennis balls. The data collected by Player Analysis Technology constitutes coaching under the Rules of Tennis, and therefore the use of such technology during play is restricted in accordance with the existing Coaching rule. This means that a player may not have access to data collected by Player Analysis Technology during play.

Stuart Miller, ITF Executive Director of Science & Technical, said “When the Rules of Tennis relating to equipment were written, no one foresaw the advent of Player Analysis Technology. This new rule is necessary to ensure that all types of Player Analysis Technology are covered.”

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “The ITF has always carried out its responsibility to control the nature of the game through an understanding of equipment, while at the same time embracing technological developments and supporting innovation. This new rule will allow players to benefit from new analysis techniques in developing their games while, at the same time, maintaining the integrity of our sport.”

The ITF is the world governing body of tennis, responsible for the Rules of Tennis and maintaining the integrity of the sport. The ITF Rules of Tennis Committee continually monitors the game and its rules, and makes recommendations for changes to the ITF Board of Directors, with the ITF Annual General Meeting ultimately approving any changes.

The changes to the 2014 Rules of Tennis are listed overleaf.

CHANGES TO 2014 ITF RULES OF TENNIS

(changes and additions are underlined)

  1. COACHING

Coaching is considered to be communication, advice or instruction of any kind and by any means to a player.

In team events where there is a team captain sitting on-court, the team captain may coach the player(s) during a set break and when the players change ends at the end of a game, but not when the players change ends after the first game of each set and not during a tie-break game. In all other matches, coaching is not allowed.

Case 1: Is a player allowed to be coached, if the coaching is given by signals in a discreet way?
Decision: No.

Case 2: Is a player allowed to receive coaching when play is suspended?
Decision: Yes.

Case 3: Is a player allowed to receive on-court coaching during a match?
Decision: sanctioning bodies may apply to the ITF to have on-court coaching allowed. In events where on-court coaching is allowed, designated coaches may enter the court and coach their players under procedures decided by the sanctioning body.

  1. PLAYER ANALYSIS TECHNOLOGY

Player analysis technology, that is approved for play under the Rules of Tennis, must comply with the specifications in Appendix III.

The International Tennis Federation shall rule on the question of whether any such equipment is approved, or not approved. Such ruling may be taken on its own initiative, or upon application by any party with a bona fide interest therein, including any player, equipment manufacturer or National Association or members thereof. Such rulings and applications shall be made in accordance with the applicable Review and Hearing Procedures of the International Tennis Federation (see Appendix IX).

APPENDIX III

PLAYER ANALYSIS TECHNOLOGY

Player analysis technology is equipment that may perform any of the following functions with respect to player performance information:
A. Recording
B. Storing
C. Transmission
D. Analysis
E. Communication to player by any kind or means

Player analysis technology may record and/or store information during a match. Such information may only be accessed by a player in accordance with Rule 30.


SEEDS & WILDCARDS ANNOUNCED FOR JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL TENNIS TOURNAMENT

Pretoria, South Africa - The seeds and wild-cards for this week’s Gauteng North Junior ITF international junior tennis tournament were announced by Tennis South Africa today.
The tournament, a Grade 4 event on the international junior tennis calendar will be played at The Groenkloof Tennis Stadium, Pretoria from Wednesday 24 July with the finals being played on Sunday 28 July 2013.
The seeds are as follows;
BOYS
1. Guy Orly Iradukunda (BDI)
2. Okkie Kellerman (RSA)
3. Ismael Changawa Ruwa Mzai (KEN)
4. Francois Kellerman (RSA)
5. Courtney John Lock (ZIM)
6. Philip Johan De Bruyn (RSA)
7. Brandon Laubser (RSA)
8. Joseph Imeh Ubon (NGR)
GIRLS
1. Lynn Kiro (RSA)
2. Lesedi Sheya Jacobs (NAM)
3. Janet Koch (RSA)
4. Theresa Alison Van Zyl (RSA)
5. Liniques Theron (NAM)
6. Nicole Dzenga (ZIM)
7. Mariana Meyer Humberg (BRA)
8. Rikeetha Pereira (IND)
The main draw wild-cards have been announced as follows;
BOYS
Ruben Alberts (RSA)
Calvin Jordaan (RSA)
Matthew Rossouw (RSA)
Raubenheimer Gerber (RSA)
GIRLS
Caitlin Herb (RSA)
Tyra Timm (RSA)
Mila Hartig (RSA)
Katie Poluta (RSA)


NETBALL PLAYERS COACHING FOR MADIBA

Johannesburg, South Africa - South Africa’s top netball players are planning to pay tribute to former President Nelson Mandela by spending their 67 minutes coaching netball in under-privileged areas.

“He is such an awesome example,” said the captain of the SPAR national team, Maryka Holtzhausen. “We wish him everything of the best on his 95th birthday, and I can assure him that we will be spending a lot more than 67 minutes coaching in under-privileged areas. In this way, we can do our part in ensuring that his legacy lives on long after he is no longer with us,” she said.

“It’s very fitting that we should pay tribute to Madiba in this way,” said head coach Elize Kotze. “He has always been associated with sport – he was a boxer in his youth, and he has been a loyal supporter of all our national teams. Many visiting teams often felt that the South Africans had an advantage because of ‘the Mandela Magic’. “So I think he would love the thought of young women paying tribute to him and continuing his legacy of service by assisting in the development of even younger South Africans.”

Mike Prentice Group Marketing Executive of netball sponsors SPAR, said that they were proud to be associated with such a committed sport. “SPAR is proud to be associated with a team that is dedicated to giving back to the community, and that is focused on making every day a Mandela day. We wish Tata the very best.”


TSA SEND GOODWILL MESSAGE TO MANDELA

Tennis South Africa (TSA) have joined the millions around the world who have been sending goodwill messages to former President Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday.
“Madiba remains an incredible inspiration, and on behalf of all the tennis players, officials, administrators and the tennis loving public, we wish Tata all the very best for his birthday,” said TSA President Bongani Zondi.
“We would also like to wish Madiba a speedy recovery, “ Zondi added.
TSA chief executive Ian Smith described Mandela as a hero.
“Today we are able to come together freely, on the tennis courts and elsewhere, mainly due to his efforts and commitment,” said Smith.
“Thank you Madiba for this freedom, and all the very best to you on your special day.”


SEEDS & WILDCARDS ANNOUNCED FOR JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL TENNIS TOURNAMENT

Johannesburg, South Africa - The seeds and wild-cards for this week’s Wanderers ITF international junior tennis tournament were announced by Tennis South Africa today.
The tournament, a Grade 4 event on the international junior tennis calendar will be played at The Wanderers Sporting Club in Illovo, Johannesburg from Wednesday 17 July with the finals being played on Sunday 21 July 2013.
The seeds are as follows;
BOYS
1. Guy Orly Iradukunda (BDI)
2. Okkie Kellerman (RSA)
3. Ismael Changawa Ruwa Mzai (KEN)
4. Francois Kellerman (RSA)
5. Lloyd George Muirhead Harris (RSA)
6. Courtney John Lock (ZIM)
7. Philip Johan De Bruyn (RSA)
8. Joseph Imeh Ubon (NGR)
GIRLS
1. Lesedi Sheya Jacobs (NAM)
2. Janet Koch (RSA)
3. Theresa Alison Van Zyl (RSA)
4. Habiba Lasheen (EGY)
5. Liniques Theron (NAM)
6. Nicole Dzenga (ZIM)
7. Rikeetha Pereira (IND)
8. Vanja Klaric (SRB)
The main draw wild-cards have been announced as follows;
BOYS
JD Malan (RSA)
Hubert Badenhorst (RSA)
Rossouw Norval (RSA)
Aidan Carrazedo (RSA)
GIRLS
Caitlin Herb (RSA)
Tyra Timm (RSA)
Maxine Bateman (RSA)
Imaan Hassim (RSA)


NETBALL SOUTH AFRICA SELECTS STRONG UNDER-21 TEAM

Johannesburg, South Africa - There is only one new cap in the SPAR South African Under-21 netball team selected for the world youth championships in Glasgow next month. “We have brought in Lisa-Marie Wiese to replace Melanie von Gunter, who is injured, but other than that, we have stuck to the squad that has been together since September last year,” explained Netball South Africa’s Director of Selections, Christine du Preez.

Back row (l-r): Nobubele Phuza, Lisa-Marie Wiese, Bongolethu Ngubeni, Mari-Lena Joubert, Rochelle Lawson, Juline Rossouw(Non Traveling), Izette Lubbe.
Front row (l-r): Danielle Willemse, Kefiloe Tsotsetsi, Zandre Kruger, Deancke Rohde, Simphiwe Sithebe, Shadine van der Merwe, Sheherezide Duimpies (Non Traveling), Nontuthuko Khomo (Non Traveling).
Picture provided by Newton PR Communications


“The team we have chosen is a strong one, both physically and mentally, and they are a highly disciplined unit. Because they have been together for so long, they also work very well as a unit,” she said.

The players have been attending monthly training camps, as well as following personal training programmes developed for each player by a bio-kineticist. The SPAR Baby Proteas will take part in the men’s competition at the national championships in Rustenburg early next month. “We want to give them some game time before they leave for Glasgow, and the men provide a different perspective. Men’s netball tends to be very fast, which will be to their advantage when they play in the world championships,” said Du Preez.

South Africa have been drawn in Pool A, which includes Australia, Fiji, Israel and Namibia.
“It’s quite a tough group,” said Du Preez. “Australia and Fiji are always tough competitors, and we won’t be taking victory over Israel and Namibia for granted either. We don’t know yet who we play first, but we’re hoping to get off to a good start so that we can develop some momentum.”

SPAR Under21 team: Deancke Rohde, Danielle Willemse, Mari-Lena Joubert, Lisa-Marie Wiese, Bongolethu Ngobeni, Izette Lubbe, Simphiwe Sithebe, Nobubele Phuza, Rochelle Lawson, Shadine van der Merwe, Kefilowe Tsotetsi, Zandre Kruger.


GAUTENG TO HOST INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR TENNIS TOURNAMENTS

Johannesburg, South Africa - A feast of international junior tennis will be served in Gauteng when Joburg and Pretoria host two International Tennis Federation (ITF) tennis tournaments next week.

The first of the back to back tournaments, The Wanderers ITF will start on Wednesday 17 July with the finals scheduled for Sunday 21 July and will be played at The Wanderers Tennis Club in Illovo, Johannesburg. The second, the Gauteng North Junior ITF will be played from 24-28 July at the Groenkloof Tennis Stadium in Pretoria. Both tournaments are Grade 4 events on the International Tennis Federation’s Junior Circuit.

Junior tennis players from 23 countries are expected to jet into South Africa to participate in these two tournaments.

Ian Smith, CEO of Tennis South Africa said that his Association warmly welcomed the international and local players to the country for both events. “A lot of preparation has gone into making both tournaments a great success and enjoyable experience for especially our international players. TSA are delighted with the large international representation. This indicates that the internationals are happy with our facilities and South Africa remains an attractive destination.”

Both tournaments will host a qualifying tournament with the singles main draw for both boys and girls being a 32 draw and the doubles main draw a 16 team draw.

Qualifying sign in for The Wanderers ITF will take place on Sunday 14th July at The Wanderers Tennis Club with the qualifying sign in for the Gauteng North Junior ITF taking place Sunday 21st July at the Groenkloof Tennis Stadium. Both qualifying sign in’s close at 18h00 on their respective dates.

There is no entry fee for spectators and play is scheduled to start each day at 10h00.


TOP SA JUNIOR TENNIS PLAYERS DO BATTLE IN GAUTENG EAST

Benoni – The national KeyHealth tennis series for junior players moves from Kwa Zulu Natal to Gauteng East this weekend. Tennis fever has hit the East Rand as over 350 tennis players from across the country have started arriving in Benoni to participate in the KeyHealth Gauteng East Open which takes place from 10 to 14 July.

The annual tournament is the Gauteng East Tennis Association’s premier junior event and is part of the national KeyHealth series, making it one of the most prestigious junior tennis events in the country. The KeyHealth series is renowned worldwide as one of the strongest national junior circuits. One of the most competitive line-ups of players in the history of the tournament has been confirmed for the 2013 event.

Boys and girls in the 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 under age categories, will compete in the gold and platinum draws at different tennis clubs throughout Benoni as well as at Gauteng East Tennis Association’s headquarters at Benoni Lake.

The Gauteng East Tennis Centre will host the Boys 14 and 16 and under plus the Girls 16 and under.
The 10 and under and Boys 12 and under will be played at the Benoni Central Tennis Club. The Benoni Country Club will host the Girls 18 and under with the 18 and under Boys playing at Northmead Tennis Club.
The Northern Areas Tennis Club will host the 14 and under Girls with Atlasville Tennis Club hosting the 12 and under Girls.

Ken Smith, President of Gauteng East Tennis Association says his Association is ready to deliver a great event. “We are excited at hosting another edition of the KeyHealth series. The tournament has proved to be a success in the past and together with our sponsors we are looking to make this our flagship tournament of the year.”

KeyHealth Marketing Executive, Peter Sharman said that his company’s is happy to be part of the tournament and junior tennis in South Africa. “We are delighted to be associated with events boasting the cream of South Africa’s junior tennis players. As one of the country’s leading medical schemes, we continue to commit ourselves to the development of tennis in our country especially at grassroots level”, he said.


CHANI SCHEEPERS INTO WIMBLEDON DOUBLES SEMI-FINALS

Wimbledon, England - South African tennis ace Chani Scheepers will be hoping tomorrow (Friday) to win through to the finals of the Wimbledon women’s doubles. The South African number 1 continues to impress on the WTA doubles tour with Japanese partners.

By reaching the semi-finals on Wednesday, Scheepers became the first South African women to do so since Liezel Huber won the title with Cara Black of Zimbabwe in 2007. Prior to that, Mariaan de Swardt was the only other South African to reach the semi-finals, or better, of the doubles at the Championships since 1999. In 1999 de Swardt and partner Elena Tartakova of Ukraine lost in the Wimbledon final. De Swardt and Tartakova were beaten by top seeded American’s Lindsay Davenport and Corina Morariu.

On Wednesday, Scheepers and her Japanese partner Shuko Aoyama continued their fairy-tale run at The All England Club by upsetting 16 seeds Julia Goerges (Germany) and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Czech Republic),7-6 (6) 5-7 6-4 in the quarter finals.

Earlier in the tournament, unseeded Scheepers and Aoyama in the opening round shocked 9 seeds Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) and Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) and then upset 6 seeds Liezel Huber (USA) and Sania Mirza (India) in round 3.

Tomorrow (Friday) in the semi-finals, Scheepers and Aoyama will have to pull out all the stops when they come up against 8 seeds Su-Wei Hsieh (Taipei) and Shuai Peng (China).

Scheepers teamed up with veteran Japanese star Kimiko Date-Krumm in Strasbourg the week before Roland Garros where they won the tournament.

It’s the first time Scheepers and Aoyama have ever played together, and they weren’t originally meant to be partners. Scheepers was signed up with American Jill Craybas and Aoyama with compatriot Misaki Doi but neither team was going to get in the main draw as the deadline approached so they switched because Aoyama and Scheepers could get in together with their combined rankings (Chani’s singles and Shuko’s doubles).

“It’s so exciting to be in the Wimbledon semi-finals! It still feels a bit like a dream right now. I only teamed up with Shuko at the last minute and we had a tough first round match so we really weren’t expecting too much. But we just played our game and got through that match and just kept going each round” said Scheepers. “We’re looking forward to the semi-finals but we are not putting any pressure on ourselves. We are just concentrating on playing our best and enjoying this experience”.


WIMBLEDON TENNIS FEVER HITS ETHEKWINI

Durban – Tennis fever is at an all-time high with the Wimbledon Championships on the go in London. And this “Wimbledon fever” has gripped the Kwa Zulu Natal coastal city of Durban where over 500 tennis players from across the country will participate in the Dunlop Junior Challenge which takes place from 5th to 9th July 2013.

The annual tournament is Kwa Zulu Natal’s premier junior event and has a Super 7 status and is part of the Key Health series, making it one of the most prestigious junior tennis tournaments in the country. One of the strongest line-ups of players in the history of the tournament has confirmed their entry for the 2013 event.

Boys and girls in the under 12, 14, 16 age categories, will compete in the gold and platinum draws at different tennis clubs throughout EThekwini as well as at the Kwa Zulu Natal and Durban Tennis Association headquarters at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium in Mayville, Durban. In addition to these age groups there will be an open tournament for senior men and women which falls in line with Tennis South Africa’s aims and objectives to encourage player exiting the junior ranks to continue to remain competitive in the game.

Gavin Crooks, President of Kwa Zulu Natal Tennis says KZN Tennis is ready to deliver a great event. “We are excited at hosting another edition of the Dunlop Junior Challenge. The tournament has proved to be a success in the past and together with our sponsors, Dunlop, we are looking to make this flagship tournament on of the best of the year.”

“What is a major attraction for the tournament is that it is played over the last weekend of the third Grand Slam of the year Wimbledon when tennis fever is at an all-time high” continued Crooks.

Super-Brands Marketing Director, Steve Gallienne said that his company’s brand, Dunlop is happy to be part of the tournament. “We are delighted to be associated with an event boasting the cream of South Africa’s junior tennis players. As one of the world’s leading brands, we continue to commit ourselves to the development of tennis in our country especially at grassroots level.”

The seeds have been announced as follows;

Seeded entries

Boys Singles Under 12

1 William Wilson (GN)
2 Joubert Klopper
3 Charl Morgan (GC)
4 Pierre Malan (WP)
5 Wikus Robbertse (GC)
6 Dylan Smith (Bor)
7 Sasha Muller (GC)
8 Alec Beckley (GC)

Girls Singles Under 2

1 Mia Dittberner (GN)
2 Lara Van Der Merwe (NWP)
3 Bianca Wolmarans (SWD)
4 Angela Georgieva (GC)
5 Helena Van Eeden (GC)
6 Danielle Arndt (GN)
7 Linge Steenkamp (FS)
8 Delien Kleinhans (FS)

Boys Singles Under 14

1 Jurgen Badenhorst (Bol)
2 Cules Gerber (GN)
3 Heinrich Willemse (EP)
4 Cameron Petersen (GC)
5 Janré Viljoen (EP)
6 George Botha (FS)
7 Philip Henning (FS)
8 Dylan Puchert (Bor)

Girls Singles Under 14

1 Corin De Waal (WP)
2 Kaylin Bouwer (EP)
3 Maja Gledic (GC)
4 Evangeline Du Toit (WP)
5 Lenka De Waal (Bol)
6 Alexis Tensfeldt (GC)
7 Bianca Koen (GN)
8 Ansune’ Van Der Walt (NWP)

Boys Singles Under 16

1 Sven Gevers (GN)
2 Tiaan Mostert (EP)
3 Hubert Badenhorst (FS)
4 Michael Copeland (GC)
5 Jandre’ Lessing (EP)
6 Heinrich Badenhorst (WP)
7 Clayton Herb (GC)
8 Kukutla Motlojoa (FS)

Girls Singles Under 16

1 Tyra Timm (GC)
2 Cindy Dorrington (Bol)
3 Jone Kruger (NWP)
4 Hanri Stofberg (FS)
5 Imaan Hassim (GC)
6 Jeanne Klopper (FS)
7 Lise Stofberg (FS)
8 Tayla Van Eck (GC)

Mens Singles

1 Reinhardt Trollip (GN)
2 Aidan Carrazedo (GC)
3 Lance Cohen (KZN)
4 Bjorn Scheepbouwer (GN)
5 Raubenheimer Gerber (GN)
6 Leboeuf Bloem (FS)
7 Chevaan Davids (WP)
8 Keegan Foss (KZN)

Women’s Singles

1 Jeanne-Francine Schmidt (GN)
2 Shannon Cox (GN)
3 Caitlin Herb (GC)
4 Sarah Sarjoo (GC)
5 Bianca Birkenstock (KZN)
6 Tracey Bulmer (GC)
7 Taryn Swanepoel (GC)
8 Kymberlie Van Der Bank (GE)

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