BARNARDS SET TO CLASH

Stellenbosch, South Africa - Going into the semifinals of the SAS ITF Junior 2 tennis tournament in Stellenbosch the twin sisters Lee and Zani Barnard will meet in the final four and Zani looks like the favourite even though Lee is seeded one.

Zani (3) had no troubles eliminating her opponent in the quarterfinal Mila Hartig by beating her 6-1, 6-0 in less than an hour. On the court right next to her Lee battled her way past sixth seed Nicole Petchey in a gutsy match 6-4, 7-6. Zani won the SAS ITF Junior 1 tournament and has been in pretty dominating form the past two weeks.

The other semifinal will be between Nadine de Villiers (4) and Georgia Lawson (GBR, 6). Lawson caused an upset by beating second seed Rouxanne Janse van Rensburg 6-2, 7-5. De Villiers also played a tough match in her victory over Cindy Dorrington 7-5, 6-4. Tomorrow’s match should be very interesting because both players were a bit up and down in the quarterfinals.

Second seed Okkie Kellerman is still cruising and he played some good tennis in his victory over Samuel Bothwell from Ireland 6-1, 6-3. He will now come up against third seed Damon Kesaris who had a two-hour battle with Brit Giles Hussey (5). Both players played good tennis and in the end it was like a war of attrition with the South African winning 7-6, 7-5.

Richard Thongoana beat his countryman Joshua Howard-Tripp 6-2, 6-3 and will now meet Britain’s Jack Burkill, who had no difficulty in his match against Willie van Zyl winning 6-3, 6-1. Thongoana is in good form, but Burkill is playing some impressive tennis and to predict a winner won’t be easy.

The semifinal matches start at 08:00. Once again conditions will be testing. Rain is predicted for tomorrow while the wind has been giving the players a hard time today.


DAY 3 RESULTS OF THE SAS ITF JUNIOR 2

Day 3 results of the SAS Junior ITF 2 being played in Stellenbosch, Cape Town






























Singles
Quarterfinals
Boys
2-Okkie Kellerman (RSA) bt Samuel Bothwell (IRL) 6-1 6-3
3-Damon Kesaris (RSA) bt 5-Giles Hussey (GBR) 7-6 (1) 7-5
Richard Thongoana (RSA) bt Joshua Howard-Tripp (RSA) 6-2 6-3
Jack Burkill (GBR) bt Willie van Zyl (RSA) 6-3 6-1

Girls
1-Lee Barnard (RSA) bt 7-Nicole Petchey (RSA) 6-4 7-6 (1)
4-Nadine de Villiers (RSA) bt Cindy Dorrington (RSA) 7-5 6-4
6-Georgia Lawson (GBR) bt 2-Rouxanne Janse van Rensburg (RSA) 6-2 7-5
3-Zani Barnard (RSA) bt Mila Hartig (RSA) 6-1 6-0


SOUTH AFRICA DRAW TURKEY IN DAVIS CUP 2015

London, United Kingdom - South Africa have drawn Turkey in the opening round of the 2015 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Euro/Africa Zone Group 11 draw.

The draw was conducted at the International Tennis Federation headquarters offices in London this morning.

The tie between South Africa and Turkey will take place 6 to 8 March 2015. Turkey will have the home ground advantage.

South Africa and Turkey have never played each other before.
South Africa and Latvia top the seedings for the group.
Seeded nations:
1. South Africa
2. Latvia
3. Portugal
4. Moldova
5. Bosnia/Herzegovina
6. Finland
7. Belarus
8. Luxembourg
The seeded nations were drawn against the remaining nations: Bulgaria, Hungary, Ireland, Madagascar, Monaco, Morocco, Turkey and Zimbabwe.
Because Bulgaria and Finland have been drawn to meet each other in the first round in both 2013 and 2014, they were drawn in different halves.
The four African nations in Europe/Africa Zone Group II in 2015 according to Davis Cup Regulation 23(c), were placed in different sections of the draw.
South African Davis Cup Captain, John Laffnie De Jager said “We are very happy with the draw. It will be a new year with new challenges. Some of our guys have played some futures in Turkey so they will know the conditions. We have a few players that will compete for spots on the team so we will create a healthy and competitive atmosphere in the team. The goal will be to be promoted to group 1 in 2016 but we will focus on one match at a time.”


PETRO GETS BETTER WITH AGE

Somerset West, South Africa - Petro Kruger of Somerset West is getting better with age. The senior tennis player has just completed a week at the 2014 ITF Super-Seniors World Individual Championships in Antalya, Turkey.

The ITF Seniors and Super-Seniors World Team and Individual Championships are the premier events on the ITF Seniors Circuit.

The mother of former WTA professional and South African Fed Cup player Joannette Kruger impressively won two out of three titles contested in the 70+ age group.

Kruger ended 4th in the women’s singles, losing to 4th seed Ellie Krocke of Netherlands 1-6 6-7 (5) in the 3rd/4th playoff.

However Kruger, together with Heide Orth of Germany were top seeds in the women’s doubles and beat second seeds Jacqueline Boothman (GBR)/Ellie Krocke (NED) 2-0 to lift the title.

Then in the mixed doubles, Petro teamed up with fellow South African Kobus De La Port. The third seeded South African’s won the mixed title with a walkover the fourth seeds Beverley Eddington/Lee Taylor both of Australia when Eddington had to withdraw due to injury.

“The Super-Seniors World Individual Championships are always excellent and this year they were just as great. We did have a bit of trouble with the weather but overall it was great!” said Kruger.

“I am very pleased, blessed and happy with my results. Two gold medal and a bronze was everything I could hope for!” added Kruger.


DAY 2 RESULTS OF THE SAS ITF JUNIOR 2

Day 2 results of the SAS Junior ITF 2 being played in Stellenbosch, Cape Town






























Singles
Round 1
Girls
1-Lee Barnard (RSA) bt Lungile Ntuli (RSA) 6-0 6-0
Eva Vedder (NED) bt Morgan Dickenson (RSA) 6-2 6-2
Summer Yardley (GBR) bt Corin de Waal (RSA) 6-4 6-1
Sian-Frances Coward (GBR) bt Takalani Molaoa (RSA) 6-1 6-3
5-Elizabeth Pam (NGR) bt Nicola Steenkamp (RSA) 6-2 6-2
Cindy Dorrington (RSA) bt 8-Minette van Vreden (RSA) 7-5 6-4
4-Nadine de Villiers (RSA) bt Jana-Mari Wolfaardt (RSA) 6-0 6-1
Imaan Hassim (RSA) bt Lara van der Merwe (RSA) 6-2 6-2

Round 2
Boys
2-Okkie Kellerman (RSA) bt William Matthews (GBR) 6-1 6-2
Samuel Bothwell (IRL) bt Michael Copeland (RSA) 6-4 6-1
3-Damon Kesaris (RSA) bt Bertus Kruger (RSA) 6-2 6-3
5-Giles Hussey (GBR) bt Jan-Louis Maritz (RSA) 6-3 6-2
Richard Thongoana (RSA) bt Maxime de Clippel (RSA) 2-6 6-3 6-4
Willie van Zyl (RSA) bt Altus Karsten (RSA) 6-2 7-6 (4)
Jack Burkill (GBR) bt 4-Rossouw Norval (RSA) 4-6 6-4 6-2
Joshua Howard-Tripp (RSA) bt Christian van der Wath (RSA) 6-0 6-4

Girls
1-Lee Barnard (RSA) bt Eva Vedder (NED) 6-2 6-1
Cindy Dorrington (RSA) bt Bianca Wolmarans (RSA) 6-4 6-7 (3) 6-0
4-Nadine de Villiers (RSA) bt Barbara Huyskes (NED) 6-2 6-3
2-Rouxanne Janse van Rensburg (RSA) bt Annick Verhaar (NED) 6-1 5-7 6-2
6-Georgia Lawson (GBR) bt Imaan Hassim (RSA) 7-6 (3) 6-1
Mila Hartig (RSA) bt 5-Elizabeth Pam (NGR) 7-6 (5) 6-4
3-Zani Barnard (RSA) bt Sian-Frances Coward (GBR) 6-2 6-0
7-Nicole Petchey (RSA) bt Summer Yardley (GBR) 6-3 6-3


BARNARDS CRUISING, BUT NORVAL STUMBLES

Stellenbosch, South Africa - Twin sisters Lee and Zani Barnard hardly break a sweat in their second round matches of the SAS ITF Junior 2 tennis tournament held in Stellenbosch.

In a repeat of last week’s semifinal Lee came up against Eva Vedder. This time Lee had no troubles and took revenge for her unsuspected loss a few days ago by beating the Dutch girl 6-2, 6-1. Vedder was one of three Dutch players who did not make it pass the second round. Nadine de Villiers (RSA, 3) sent Barbara Huyskes packing 6-2, 6-3 and second seed Rouxanne Janse van Rensburg battled past Annick Verhaar in three sets winning 6-4, 5-7 and 6-2.

Zani continued her impressive form by thrashing Brit Sian-Frances Crowder 6-2, 6-0. The girls’ upset of the day belonged to unseeded Mila Hartig who won her match against fifth seed Elizabeth Pam from Nigeria with 7-6, 6-4.

Second seed in the boys’ draw Okkie Kellerman cruised into the quarterfinals with an easy victory over William Matthews (GBR) 6-1, 6-2. Kellerman now looks like the favourite to win this week’s tournament.

Richard Thongoana stopped the number one slayer Maxime de Clipper in a three set encounter. De Clippel played with lots of confidence after he took out the number one seed JD Malan in the first round and he won the first set, but Thongoana fought back and won 2-6, 6-3 and 6-4. Joshua Howard-Tripp showed no tired legs after his 222 minutes match in round one by beating Christian van der Wath 6-0, 6-4.

Brit Jack Burkill got the better of fourth seed Rossouw Norval in a thriller match of three sets. It was a really tight match even though the score in the third set might show different. One of the games had 11 deuces and Burkill had several match points before he could clinch the match.


DAY OF UPSETS

Stellenbosch, South Africa - The champion of last week Timothy Dollman and the tournament’s number one seed JD Malan both lost on day one of the SAS ITF Junior 2 tennis tournament held in Stellenbosch.

Dollman, who won the SAS ITF Junior 1 tournament last week, just did not have the legs for this one. William Matthews from Britain thrashed him 6-0, 6-0. It was like Dollman gave everything he had last week and left nothing in the tank for another go at a title.

The biggest upset of the day came a bit later though when unseeded Maxime de Clippel send the number one seed JD Malan packing 6-3, 6-1. No wonder De Clippel just could not get the smile off his face! Malan struggled while De Clippel played some really good tennis.

The match of the day belonged to Joshua Howard-Tripp and seventh seed Nikolai Manchev from Bulgaria. In a match lasting 222 minutes and three tiebreak sets the unseeded Howard-Tripp won the grueling encounter. It was an epic match and no player was willing to give an inch.

Okkie Kellerman marched to the second round by beating Marnich Hattingh. Kellerman is seeded second for the tournament. He and his brother Francois just came back from Asia where they played in some ITF junior tournaments. Damon Kesaris and Rossouw Norval are also through to the second round.

Last week’s girls champion Zani Barnard had none of Dollman’s problems. She secured her place in the next round by beating unseeded Megan Lombardi 6-3, 6-1. Fifth seed Nicole Petchey thrashed Manuela Huckfeldt 6-0, 6-1 and Bianca Wolmarans also had a convincing victory over Alexia Zetner with 6-1, 6-0.

Tomorrow’s play start at 08:00.

Picture caption;
Okie; Second seed Okkie Kellerman of South Africa in action at the SAS ITF Junior 2 on Monday. Kellerman beat unseeded Marnich Hattingh also of South Africa 7-6 (1) 6-3 in round one in Stellenbosch.

Picture credit: Eunice Visagie


ROUND 1 RESULTS OF THE SAS ITF JUNIOR 2

ROUND 1 RESULTS OF THE SAS ITF JUNIOR 2

Round 1 results of the SAS Junior ITF 2 being played in Stellenbosch, Cape Town






























Singles
Round 1
Boys
2-Okkie Kellerman (RSA) bt Marnich Hattingh (RSA) 7-6 (1) 6-3
William Matthews (GBR) bt Timothy Dollman (RSA) 6-0 6-0
Michael Copeland (RSA) bt Freddie van der Merwe (RSA) 7-6 (1) 6-2
Samuel Bothwell (IRL) bt Hubert Badenhorst (RSA, 8) 6-2 6-0
3-Damon Kesaris (RSA) bt Kukutla Motlojoa (LES) 6-2 6-1
Bertus Kruger (RSA) bt Matthew Johnson (RSA) 2-6 6-0 6-2
5-Giles Hussey (GBR) bt Nicholas Raubenheimer (RSA) 6-3 6-4
Jan-Louis Maritz (RSA) bt Lance-Pierre du Toit (RSA) 3-6 6-4 6-1
Richard Thongoana (RSA) bt Ryan Gaskin (GBR) 6-3 7-5
Willie van Zyl (RSA) bt James Roelofse (RSA) 7-5 6-4
Jack Burkill (GBR) bt William Thatcher (RSA) 6-2 6-3
4-Rossouw Norval (RSA) bt Talic Jamela (RSA) 6-1 6-2
Christian van der Wath (RSA) bt Steele Greyling (RSA) 6-3 6-4
Maxime de Clippel (RSA) bt 1-JD Malan (RSA) 6-3 6-1
Altus Karsten (RSA) bt Paulius Matulevicius (LTU) 5-7 6-1 6-3
Joshua Howard-Tripp (RSA) bt 7-Nikolai Manchev (BUL) 7-6 (5) 6-7 (5) 7-6 (5)

Girls
2-Rouxanne Janse van Rensburg (RSA) bt Alexis Tensfeldt (RSA) 6-1 6-2
Annick Verhaar (NED) bt Casandra Metzer (RSA) 2-6 6-4 6-3
Bianca Wolmarans (RSA) bt Alexia Zetner (RSA) 6-1 6-0
6-Georgia Lawson (GBR) bt Ciney Bekker (RSA) 6-2 6-0
Mila Hartig (RSA) bt Lize-Alet Morkel (RSA) 6-1 7-5
Barbara Huyskes (NED) bt Kirsten Higgs (RSA) 6-1, 6-3
3-Zani Barnard (RSA) bt Megan Lombardi (RSA) 6-3 6-1
7-Nicole Petchey (RSA) bt Manuela Huckfeldt (RSA) 6-0 6-1


ITF SUPER-SENIORS WORLD INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014

ITF SUPER-SENIORS WORLD INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014

Results of the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships being played in Hoetzinger, Antalya, Turkey














• South Africans results unless otherwise stated

Singles
Men

Men 60
Round 3
Claude Moonieyan lost to 3-Bruno Moonieyan (FRA) 1-6 0-6

Men 65
Round 3
Frank Briscoe beat 8-Iakov Atrokhov (RUS) 6-4 3-6 6-4

Round 4
Frank Briscoe lost to Henrik Andren (SWE) 6-4 3-6 2-6

Women
Women 65
Round 3
Ann Hinde lost to Annemarie Haeringer (GER) 1-6 1-6
Danny Buwalda lost to 4-Heidemarie Oehlsen (GER) 1-6 2-6
Marlene Joubert beat Yvette Noetzli (SUI) 6-3 6-3

Round 4
Marlene Joubert lost to Shirley Fox (GBR) 2-6 4-6

Women 70
Round 3
2-Petro Kruger beat Jacqueline Boothman (GBR) 6-1 6-1

Round 4
2-Petro Kruger beat 7-Sylvie Galfard-Kirsten (FRA) 7-5 3-6 6-4

Quarterfinals
2-Petro Kruger lost to 4-Ellie Krocke (NED) 1-6 6-7 (5)

Doubles
Men
Men 60
Round 3
Mike Raymond/Ronnie Van ‘t Hof lost to Alex Haupt-Buchenrode/Harald Hellmonseder (AUT) 4-6 2-6

Men 65
Quarterfinals
Ricky Buwalda/Daan Spengler lost to Frans Norby/Kasper Rud (DEN) 0-6 7-5 4-10
7-Frank Briscoe (RSA)/Richard Tutt (GBR) beat 4-Helmut Flagel/Gerhard Thaler (AUT) 6-2 6-1

Semi-finals
7-Frank Briscoe (RSA)/Richard Tutt (GBR) lost to Leslie Buck/Mike Dahm (USA) 4-2 2-4 4-10

Women
Women 60
Round 2
Ann Hinde/Lynne Hughes lost to 1-Nora Blom (NED)/Tina Karwasky (USA) 1-6 0-6

Women 70
Semi-finals
1-Petro Kruger (RSA)/Heide Orth (GER) beat 3-Heather Barwick/Judy Hancy (AUS) 6-1 6-1

Finals
1-Petro Kruger (RSA)/Heide Orth (GER) beat 2-Jacqueline Boothman (NED)/Ellie Krocke (GBR) 2-0

Women 80
Semi-finals
3-Muffie Grieve (CAN)/Jackie Zylstra (RSA) beat Elaine Stephan/Jean Stevens (AUS) 7-6 (4) 5-7 10-6

Finals
3-Muffie Grieve (CAN)/Jackie Zylstra (RSA) beat Emiko Saito/Chizuko Shigemitsu (JPN) 4-2 4-1

Mixed Doubles
60
Round 3
Lynne Hughes/Lawrence Butlin beat Ana Batista (BRA)/Aurel Parjol (ROM) 6-0 6-1

Quarterfinals
Lynne Hughes/Lawrence Butlin lost to Susanne Walter/Max Bates (AUS) 1-6 1-6

70
Semi-finals
3-Petro Kruger/Kobus De La Port beat 1-Sofia Garaguly/Peter Pokorny (AUT) 6-3 4-6 11-9

Finals
3-Petro Kruger/Kobus De La Port beat 4-Beverley Eddington/Lee Taylor (AUS) walkover


SOUTH AFRICAN WORLD TENNIS RANKINGS

Men
Singles
Previous Current
17 18 Kevin Anderson
430 429 Fritz Wolmarans
477 456 Ruan Roelofse
502 468 Tucker Vorster
484 473 Nik Scholtz
621 619 Dean O’Brien
660 661 Rik de Voest
957 961 Damon Gooch
1,085 1,078 Jean Andersen
1,633 1,442 Keith-Patrick Crowley

Doubles
Previous Current
20 20 Raven Klaasen
81 61 Kevin Anderson
230 249 Ruan Roelofse
278 274 Dean O’Brien
457 427 Tucker Vorster
630 591 Nik Scholtz
667 668 Rik de Voest
690 687 Damon Gooch
1,294 1,090 Keith-Patrick Crowley
1,180 1,177 Fritz Wolmarans

Women
Singles
Previous Current
78 77 Chani Scheepers
295 312 Chanel Simmonds
589 579 Natasha Fourouclas
596 589 Madre le Roux
619 613 Ilze Hattingh

Doubles
Previous Current
105 105 Chani Scheepers
252 267 Chanel Simmonds
441 424 Michelle Sammons
511 513 Ilze Hattingh
644 642 Madri le Roux

ITF Junior Boys (as of 20 October)
Combined Rankings
Previous Current
65 66 Lloyd Harris
124 122 Brandon Laubser
153 150 Francois Kellerman
210 246 Kris van Wyk
279 280 Jd Malan
327 300 Okkie Kellerman
411 468 Calvin Jordaan
576 575 Damon Kesaris
749 751 Rossouw Norval
770 773 Ruben Alberts
823 867 Philip Franken

ITF Junior Girls (as of 13 October)
Combined Rankings
Previous Current
108 112 Theresa van Zyl
167 168 Katie Poluta
180 181 Ilze Hattingh
256 256 Lee Barnard
321 257 Rouxanne Janse Van Rensburg
300 300 Zani Barnard
414 388 Louise-Mare Botes
312 419 Janet Koch
409 426 Nadine de Villiers
494 486 Huibre-Mare Botes
543 516 Lindsay Truscott

ITF Wheelchair Tennis Rankings (as of 20 October)
Men
Singles
Previous Current
15 15 Evans Maripa
37 37 Leon Els
66 65 Patrick Selepe
79 79 Marshall Marsh
95 95 Ishmael Tshipuke
99 98 Mzwanele Thentsi
116 116 Mayenzeke Gwija
129 128 Gift Lekhanyane
136 137 Vuyisani Mantshula

Doubles
Previous Current
14 14 Evans Maripa
29 28 Leon Els
62 61 Donald Ramphadi
66 66 Mayenzeke Gwija
71 71 Marshall Marsch
88 86 Patrick Selepe
88 86 Frank Ramokoatsi
110 107 Ishmael Tshipuke

Women
Singles
Previous Current
8 8 Kgothatso Montjane
40 40 Thondalwethu Hlatswayo
41 42 Mariska Venter
44 43 Rosalea van der Meer
58 56 Mabel Mankgele
94 85 Tsholofelo Sibanda
87 89 Nyosi Nonkanyiso
106 104 Siphokazi Fuma

Doubles
Previous Current
7 7 Kgothatso Montjane
38 36 Rosalea van der Meer
43 43 Mariska Venter
64 63 Siphokazi Fuma
64 63 Nomaafrika Gxumisa
70 69 Thondalwethu Hlatswayo
78 75 Mabel Mankgele
93 93 Tsholofelo Sibanda

Quads
Singles
Previous Current
3 3 Lucas Sithole
15 14 Bongani Dlamini
41 42 Danny Mohlamonyan
53 53 Queen Nlapo
62 61 Fernando Gallant

Quads
Doubles
Previous Current
7 7 Lucas Sithole
27 25 Bongani Dlamini
45 45 Danny Mohlanyan
45 45 David Mathebula
65 61 Steven Kekai


VICTORY FOR BARNARD AND DOLLMAN

Stellenbosch, South Africa - Timothy Dollman and Zani Barnard are the champions of the SAS ITF Junior 1 tennis tournament played in Stellenbosch.

Group: From left; girls finalist and eighth seed Eva Vedder of Netherlands, the girls winner second seed Zani Barnard of South Africa, tournament director Le Roux Conradie, boys winner unseeded Timothy Dollman of South Africa and the boys runner up fifth seed Philip Franken during the prize giving ceremony of the SAS ITF Junior 1 on Friday.

Picture credit: Eunice Visagie


Dollman played scintillating tennis in his victory over fifth seed Philip Franken with 6-1, 7-5. Unseeded Dollman gave Franken some of his own medicine by returning almost every single shot. Franken is known for his abilities to frustrate his opponents with his defending game. “It was a really tough match and conditions weren’t easy. I had to grind my way to the win, but am very happy. Being unseeded I never expected to play in the final not even mentioning winning it. My confidence grew with every match though and I believed in my abilities for the final,” said Dollman.

In the girls’ final it was one Barnard too many for Eva Vedder, who beat first seed Lee Barnard in the semifinal. Zani used the opportunity to take revenge for her twin’s defeat by winning 6-1, 6-3. Vedder had a great run to the final beating the number one and three seeds during the week. In the final the Dutch girl struggled with her serve again though and Zani used it to her advantage. “I think I played some really good tennis. I was in control of the match throughout. At no stage was I behind. It was good to win to take revenge for Lee’s loss.”

The SAS ITF Junior 2 tournament starts tomorrow (Saturday) with qualification rounds. The real action starts on Monday.


ITF SUPER-SENIORS WORLD INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014

ITF SUPER-SENIORS WORLD INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014

Results of the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships being played in Hoetzinger, Antalya, Turkey














• South Africans results unless otherwise stated

Singles
Men
Round 2

Men 60
Ronnie Van ‘t Hof lost to 6-Dominique Leman (FRA) 5-7 1-6
Claude Moonieyan beat Constantin Hulpe (ROM) 6-0 6-1
Mike Raymond lost to Alex Haupt-Buchnrode (AUT) 3-6 4-6
Lawrence Butlin lost to Peter Heller (SUI) 1-6 3-6

Men 65
John Coetzee lost to Jan Kofol (USA) 3-6 6-1 2-6
Frank Briscoe beat Mike Dahm (USA) 6-1 6-3
Daan Spengler lost to Bertrand Cremers (FRA) 4-6 6-7 (3)

Men 70
Oscar Marino lost to 8-Henk Nijeboer (GBR) 2-6 2-6

Men 75
Neville Van Sitterd lost to Yves Clottes (FRA) 1-6 3-6

Women
Round 2
Women 60
Lynne Hughes bt lost to Susanne Schweda (GER) 3-6 1-6
Annelie Celliers lost to Dagmar Panner (GER) 3-6 6-1 1-6

Women 65
Ann Hinde beat Phyllis Bentham (GBR) 2-6 6-2 6-2
Danny Buwalda beat Natalia Arkhipenkova (RUS) 6-3 2-6 6-2
Elaine Nelson lost to 1- Gail Benedetti (FRA) 0-6 0-6
Marlene Joubert beat Margaret Harris (AUS) 6-1 6-3

Women 70
2-Petro Kruger beat Giselheid (AUT) 6-0 6-0

Women 80
Jackie Zylstra lost to 5-Rosemarie Asch (CAN) 7-6 (1) 4-6 8-10

Doubles
Men
Round 2
Men 60
Mike Raymond/Ronnie Van ‘t Hof beat Daniel Montel/Alain Vaysset (FRA) 6-2 6-2
Claude Moonieyan (RSA)/Aurel Parjol (ROM) lost to Xavier De Villepin (GER)/Dominique Leman (FRA) 1-6 1-6
Lawrence Butlin/John Lomas lost to 8-Bruno Renoult/Marc Renoult (FRA) 0-6 1-6

Men 65
Ricky Buwalda/Daan Spengler beatt 1-Iakov Atrokhov (RUS)/Petras Vozbutas (LTU) 6-1 5-7 10-4
7-Frank Briscoe (RSA)/Richard Tutt (GBR) beat Alexandr Cernoch (GER)/Jeremy Woods (GBR) 7-5 6-3

Men 70
Kobus De La Port/Brian Pincus (RSA) lost to 6-Hayden Rees (AUS)/Karl Schefer (GER) 2-6 4-6

Men 80
Louis Joubert/Francois Van Der Merwe lost to 4-Lorne Main/Gordon Verge (CAN) 1-6 2-6

Women
Round 2
Women 60
Ann Hinde/Lynne Hughes beat Margaret West (AUS)/Katarzyna Wydmuch (POL) 6-0 6-0

Women 70
1-Petro Kruger (RSA)/Heide Orth (GER) beat Marlis Neunert (GER)/Felicity Thomas (GBR) 6-4 6-3

Women 80
3-Muffie Grieve (CAN)/Jackie Zylstra (RSA) beat Marj Niccol/Blanche Wall (AUS) 6-0 6-2

Mixed Doubles
Round 2
60
Lynne Hughes/Lawrence Butlin beat 5-Irene Smutny/Gerd Dahmen (GER) 6-2 6-4

65
Ann Hinde/John Lomas lost to 7-Margaret Harris/John Rheinberger (AUS) 5-7 3-6
Danny Buwalda/Ricky Buwalda lost to Rosemary Wilson/Chris Ornstien (GBR) 5-7 1-6

70
3-Petro Kruger/Kobus De La Port beat Julie Pratt (AUS)/Andrew James (GBR) 6-4 6-3

80
Jean Stevens (AUS)/Pat Josephson (RSA) lost to 1-Muffie Grieve (CAN)/Max Byrne (AUS) 0-6 1-6


MOUTH-WATERING TENNIS WAITS

Stellenbosch, South Africa - Some mouth-watering tennis waits in the semifinals of the SAS ITF Junior 1 tennis tournament held in Stellenbosch. If the play dished up in the quarterfinals is anything to go by, the quality of tennis in the round of the final four will be even more impressive.

Fifth seed Philip Frankin of South Africa in action in the quarterfinals of the SAS ITF Junior 1 on Wednesday. Frankin beat fellow South African unseeded Marnich Hattingh 6-3 7-5 in Stellenbosch.

Second seed Zani Barnard of South Africa in the quarterfinals of the SAS ITF Junior 1. Barnard beat unseeded Summer Yardley of Great Britain 6-0 6-0 on Wednesday.

Pictures by: Eunice Visagie


First seed JD Malan will meet fifth seed Philip Franken in tomorrow’s semifinal. Malan finally got some good rhythm going and made easy of the match against Richard Thongoana winning 6-3, 6-2. Franken beat Marnich Hattingh in a tight match 6-3, 7-6. Unseeded Timothy Dollman caused an upset by beating third seed Rossouw Norval in a three set thriller 4-6, 6-2 and 6-2. The only non-South African in the semifinal is Samuel Bothwell of Ireland who thrashed Freddie van der Merwe 6-2, 6-1 in less than an hour.

The twins Lee and Zani Barnard are still on course to meet each other in the final on Friday, but if Dutch youngster Eva Vedder has her way she will knock out the first seed Lee in the semifinal. Lee beat fifth seed Georgia Lawson (GBR) 6-4, 6-1. Vedder (8) eliminated the third seed Nadine de Villiers in three sets – 6-3, 6-7 and 6-2. Vedder was not fased by De Villiers’ grunting and she will be a good test for Lee in her current form. Zani did not concede a game in her match against unseeded Summer Yardley (GBR) and will now come up against sixth seed Nicole Petchey who has also been playing some impressive tennis this past week. Petchey got the better of fourth seed Elizabeth Pam from Nigeria.


QUALITY TENNIS ON DISPLAY

Stellenbosch, South Africa - Day two of the SAS ITF Junior 1 tennis tournament in Stellenbosch saw some fast paced, high quality tennis and even some grunting that would have made Maria Sharapova proud.

Third seed Nadine de Villiers of South Africa in round two of the SAS ITF Junior 1. De Villiers beat unseeded Mila Hartig also of South Africa 7-6 (2) 6-1 on Tuesday.

Unseeded Richard Thongona of South Africa in action in the second round of the SAS ITF Junior 1 on Tuesday. Thongoana beat fellow South African unseeded Matthew Astell 6-1 6-2 in Stellenbosch.
Pictures by: Eunice Visagie


Top-seeded JD Malan had to battle his way to the quarterfinal past Hubert Badenhorst, while twin-sisters Lee and Zani Barnard – seeded first and second respectively – made mincemeat of their opponents for the second day in a row.

Malan has not hit his stride yet, but he will have to be at his best to beat in-form Richard Thongoana who disposed easily of Matthew Astell 6-1, 6-2. Ireland’s Samuel Bothwell produced the biggest upset of the tournament thus far when he thrashed the second seeded Damon Kesaris 6-0, 6-0. Fourth seeded Giles Hussey from Britain also packed his rackets when Marnich Hatthing got the better of him. Third seed Rossouw Norval and his British opponent dished up some entertaining tennis with sublime shot-making in Norval’s victory with 7-5, 6-2.

Between the two of them Lee and Zani conceded only one game on the day. Zani made easy of her match against Annick Verhaar from the Netherlands by winning 6-1, 6-0. Lee finished her match against Samantha Johnson without breaking much of a sweat. In the quarterfinal Lee will come up against fifth seed Georgia Lawson. The only upset in the girls’ draw was when Brit Summer Yardley beat the seventh seed Minette van Vreden 6-4, 4-6 and 6-3 in a fierce battle. Third seed Nadine de Villiers grunted her way to victory over Mila Hartig. There were moments that the match sounded like a clash between Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka! One of the best matches of the day was the meeting between Dutch girl Eva Vedder (8) and Cindy Dorrington. Each ball was chased with fierceness despite the heat and some classic shots were on display. In the end Vedder won 5-7, 6-0 and 6-0.


RAVEN KLAASEN AND PARTNER A STEP CLOSER TO LONDON FINALS

Stockholm, Sweden - South African doubles ace Raven Klaasen and his American partner Eric Butorac, boosted their chances of qualifying for the year end Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London after defeating Treat Huey and Jack Sock in Stockholm on Sunday for their second title of the season.

Third seeded Butorac and Klaasen beat unseeded Treat Huey (Philippines) and Jack Stock (USA) 6-4 6-3 in the final.

This is Butorac and Klaasen’s second title as a team this year after they won Memphis in February, and third title overall after lifting the Kuala Lumpur title in 2013.
Butorac and Klaasen are now 185 points (3,205 overall) behind No. 7-ranked Ivan Dodig (Croatia) and Marcelo Melo (Brazil) (3,390) in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings.

Four doubles-team berths remain up for grabs.
The world’s top 8 teams according to the year-end Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings will qualify for the London showdown the from 9-16 November.

Butorac and Klaasen will this week contest the ATP event in Valencia followed by the ATP Masters in Paris.

Klaasen said that the Stockholm win was “unbelievable”. “This is my third time coming to this event and to win with Eric is special. We have put ourselves very strongly in contention for London, so we hope we can take this form into next week.”
“It was a great match for us on Sunday” said Butorac. “We had such fun coming to Sweden. This is my favourite tournament of the season. It’s a very special feeling to be the champion here.”


TOP SEEDS THROUGH TO ROUND TWO OF THE SAS JUNIOR ITF 1

Stellenbosch, South Africa - It was pretty much smooth sailing for the top seeds on day one of the SAS Junior ITF 1 tennis tournament held at the Coetzenburg courts in Stellenbosch.

Boys top seed JD Malan of South Africa in action during round 1 of the SAS Junior ITF 1. Malan beat fellow Nikolai Menchev of Bulgaria 6-2 7-5 on Monday.

Top seed Lee Barnard of South Africa in action at the SAS Junior ITF on Monday. Barnard beat fellow South African unseeded Nicola Steenkamp 6-1 6-2 in the first round.
Picture by: Eunice Visagie


For some players the heat was the biggest challenge, while most of the matches were tightly contested affairs.

JD Malan and Lee Barnard both won their matches in the first round in two sets. Malan – boys’ first seed – won the first set easily against Bulgaria’s Nikolai Manchev, but had to up his game to win the second 7-5 in a heated battle. Barnard had no troubles swiping Nicola Steenkamp off court with a 6-1, 6-2 victory. Third seed Nadine de Villiers also won without breaking too much of a sweat by beating Lienkie van der Merwe 6-1, 6-1. Lee’s twin sister and second seed, Zani also had an easy game against fellow South African Mandri Viljoen winning 6-0, 6-3.

Other top seeds in the boys’ draw Damon Kesaris (RSA, 2), Rossouw Norval (RSA, 3) and Giles Hussey (GBR, 4) are all through to round two. The highest seeded player to lose was sixth seeded Maximilliam Grobbelaar who lost against Joshua Howard-Tripp.


TOURISTS SECURE CLEANSWEEP IN SPAR NETBALL SERIES

Potchefstroom, South Africa – South Africa’s Under-23 invitation team put up a strong fight on Saturday, but the Australian Centre of Excellence side pulled off a narrow 41-37 victory to seal a 3-0 win in the three-match Spar International Netball Series in Potchefstroom.

Lentsa Motau of South Africa produced an outstanding performance during the last match between SPAR South Africa Invitation team and Australia Centre of Excellence on Saturday. South Africa’s Under-23 invitation team put up a strong fight on Saturday, but the Australian Centre of Excellence side pulled off a narrow 41-37 victory to seal a 3-0 win in the three-match SPAR International Netball Series in Potchefstroom.


Getting off to their best start of the series, the South Africans took an early 5-1 lead, but the tourists closed the gap as both sides kept up the pressure in a closely fought contest, with the lead changing hands repeatedly throughout the first three quarters.
The hosts led 22-20 at half-time before they came unstuck as the visiting side used their pace around the court to open a four-point gap heading into the final period.
With the South African defense working hard to put pressure on the Australians, and capitalising on the counter attack, they were able to narrow the advantage to one point in the closing stages.
The tourists launched a final assault, however, in the last few minutes and pulled ahead to secure victory.
“It was an excellent game. Well done to the Australian team. They played really hard,” said Dorette Badenhorst, coach of the SA invitation squad.
“They’ve got a lot of depth and I think that was the difference but I’m really proud of the girls. They came out to win today and they did a good job.”
Australian coach Michelle den Dekker was pleased her side had been given such a close contest, giving them valuable experience in a rare international outing for the young squad.
“I’m very proud of this development team and I think we achieved everything we wanted to in this series. Thanks to Netball South Africa for hosting us,” Den Dekker said.
“We would love to come back, but we’ll look at the planning for next year. If there’s funding available from the Australian Sport Commission and our sponsors, it would be great to compete in another international series.”
Ashleigh Brazill, the Australian team’s captain, who had been sidelined earlier in the week with a stomach bug, along with a few other players in the squad, was equally delighted with their performance.
“It was a great battle. The South Africans put it to us and we put it back,” Brazill said.
“It was exactly what we wanted from this match and this tour.”


SOUTH AFRICA FIGHT BACK TO DRAW SPAR FAST5 SERIES

Potchefstroom, South Africa – South Africa held their composure in the dying seconds to hand the Australian Centre of Excellence the first defeat of their tour on Friday, securing a 27-26 victory in the second and final match of the fast5 section of the SPAR International Netball Series in Potchefstroom.

SPAR SA Fast5 captain, Maryka Holtzhausen in action at the SANDF Kopanelo Sport Hall in Potchefstroom during the Fast5 match of the SPAR International Netball series on Friday, 17 October 2014. The South African team clinched the match 27-26 against the Australian Centre of Excellence.

Picture by: Mario van de Wall


The hosts took the early lead and stayed in front till the final whistle, using their powerplay to open a 12-point lead in the third quarter and holding off the visitors in the final period.
The series ended in a 1-1 draw after the Australian side won the opening fast5 match on Wednesday.
“It was a wonderful win, especially after the first game,” said SAPR SA Fast5 coach Elize Kotze.
“The last few seconds were really stressful out there but the girls handled themselves very well.
“We kept to our game plan and this is only the beginning.”
South Africa’s assistant coach, Martha Mosoahle-Samm, was equally satisfied with the team’s performance.
“It was a great game and I’m glad we pulled through. We’re very happy with the win,” said Mosoahle-Samm.
Kotze will name her squad on Saturday for the Fast5 World Series in Auckland next month, and she confirmed South Africa would play warm-up matches against Jamaica, England and Australia before the annual five-a-side tournament.
“South Africa played very well tonight,” said Australian Centre of Excellence coach Michelle den Dekker.
“I know they’ve been working very hard on some things ahead of their tournament next month and they did very well.
“I think our goal shooting percentage let us down tonight. That was probably the key.”
The Australian outfit will face a South African Under-23 side in the final match of their tour at Kopanelo Sport Hall on Saturday.
“We’ve already won the series after winning the first two matches (in the longer format) and we’re absolutely confident we can win 3-0,” Den Dekker said.


AUSTRALIAN NETBALL PLAYERS SHARE SKILLS WITH RISING STARS

Potchefstroom, South Africa – Thirty local schoolgirls were given a unique opportunity in Potchefstroom on Sunday as the Australian Centre of Excellence squad took time out from the SPAR International Netball Series to participate in a coaching clinic.

Thirty local schoolgirls were given a unique opportunity at North West University Potchefstroom campus on Thursday as the Australian Centre of Excellence squad took time out from the SPAR International Netball Series to participate in a coaching clinic. The Australian team beat SPAR South African Fast5 team last night 38-33 in the SPAR International Netball Series at SANDF Kopanelo Hall in Potchefstroom.

Thirty local schoolgirls were given a unique opportunity at North West University Potchefstroom campus on Thursday as the Australian Centre of Excellence squad took time out from the SPAR International Netball Series to participate in a coaching clinic. The Australian team beat SPAR South African Fast5 team last night 38-33 in the SPAR International Netball Series at SANDF Kopanelo Hall in Potchefstroom.
Picture by: Messed up Media


South African Schools Netball (SASN) linked with partners Unicef, Sportstec, the Department of Education, Sport and Recreation SA and Gate to give the budding young players a chance to develop their netball talent and life skills.
“This is the first time we have worked on a project like this, but SASN President Di Woolley, who is with the SA Under-17 team in Portugal at the moment, has been working with Unicef for the last four years to put this partnership together,” said SASN Project Manager Sanmarie Schlebusch.
“We’re hoping to do this on a regular basis across the country with national and international players. It’s about giving to the young players and teaching them to pay it forward.”
Unicef sports development specialist Lyle Jacobs said every child had the right to play, but they were attempting to do more than merely promote fun during the two-hour clinic.
“We’re looking to develop and empower the girl child. It’s about holistic development and giving them life-long skills,” Jacobs said.
“We’re focusing on advocacy, raising awareness of sport’s role in society and giving the girl child an opportunity to express herself.
“The Australian team wanted to invest time into young players and today gave them an opportunity to do that by sharing their skills and expertise.”
Michelle den Dekker, coach of the Australian outfit who enjoyed a rest day during the SPAR International Netball Series, said it was a privilege for her players to share their skills with the school children.
“This is what netball is all about. It’s about uniting the world and this country,” Den Dekker told the budding young players.
“Netball is about fun, but it’s also about camaraderie and one of the reasons we’re here is to learn something about South Africa’s culture. To see your smiles today will be something we can take back with us to Australia.”
Helene Botha, President of Dr Kenneth Kaunda netball, thanked all involved for their contribution to the region.
“Nobody in the country has had the opportunity you’re getting today,” Botha told the young participants.
“Thanks to Unicef for their contribution, and to SPAR for everything they’re doing for netball in South Africa and this region.”


JD EAGER TO WIN SAS ITF TOURNAMENT

Stellenbosch, South Africa - JD Malan is the favourite to win the SAS ITF Junior 1 tennis tournament that is played next week at the Coetzenburg tennis courts.

Boys top seed Jd Malan.

Picture by: BLD Communications


Action starts on Monday 20 October and the finals will be played on Friday 24 October. This is the first of two SAS Junior ITF tournaments in Stellenbosch. The second tournament is from 27 October to 1 November. Boys and girls will play in the tournaments.

Qualifying rounds will be played in the two days leading up to the tournament.

Malan is ranked number one for the first tournament and is the favourite to walk away with the title. The 16-year-old is not fased by rankings and labels of being the favourite though. “To be ranked number one doesn’t bother me really. I like being ranked high. It sometimes helps to have some easier matches early in the tournament but in general I don’t think about rankings though. In the end I have to win all my matches to win the tournament. I want to give my best, because anybody can win on the day, but I believe in my abilities when I play my best tennis,” said Malan.

Malan is along with Damon Kesaris and Rossouw Norval the top three ranked players and all from South Africa. Other countries represented include England, Bulgaria and Ireland. “A number of good players have entered the tournament. Every game is going to be tough,” said Malan.

The youngster added that playing Stellenbosch is going to be very special. “Stellenbosch is one of my favourite tournaments. Even though the grading is not very high yet, I love playing in the tournaments here. I also grew up in Stellenbosch and it is here where my tennis playing days started. It is very special playing here.”

Twins Lee and Zani Barnard are the first two ranked players in the girls’ draw for the tournament.

The seeds are as follows;
Boys: 1. JD Malan (RSA); 2. Damon Kesaris (RSA); Rossouw Norval (RSA); 4. Giles Hussey (GBR); 5. Philip Franken (RSA); 6. Maximilliam Grobbelaar (RSA); 7. Rhys Milne (RSA) and 8. Altus Karsten (RSA);
Girls: 1. Lee Barnard (RSA); 2. Zani Barnard (RSA); 3. Nadine de Villiers (RSA); 4. Georgia Lawson (GBR); 5. Nicole Petchey (RSA); 6. Minette van Vreden (RSA); 7. Elizabeth Pam (NGR) and 8. Eva Vedder (NED);


DIANA-LEBO PHALULA WINS SPAR GRAND PRIX, KALMER COMES SECOND

Johannesburg, South Africa - Barefoot runner Diana-Lebo Phalula is the new Spar Grand Prix champion, after finishing the five Women’s 10km Challenge races with a total of 110 points.

Diana-Lebo Phalula finished in fifth position in the Joburg race at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday, but her outstanding performances in the first two races of the year, in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, which she won in record time, gave her a head start in the race to win the keys to a Nissan Micra. Despite a hamstring injury, she finished in fourth place in Durban and Pretoria, and maintained her lead over the chasing pack.
Picture by: Reg Caldecott


Phalula finished in fifth position in the Joburg race at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday, but her outstanding performances in the first two races of the year, in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, which she won in record time, gave her a head start in the race to win the keys to a Nissan Micra. Despite a hamstring injury, she finished in fourth place in Durban and Pretoria, and maintained her lead over the chasing pack.
Phalula’s twin sister Lebogang made the 2014 series something of a family affair, winning the Durban and Joburg races. However, a poor start to the year, when she finished 17th in the opening race in Cape Town meant that she was unable to catch up with her sister. She finished in fourth position, with 77 points.
Diana-Lebo has said she will share the car with her sister.
“We are twins and we share everything,” she said.
Lebogang agreed that they would share, and said she would use her prize money from the Joburg race to pay for petrol and insurance for the new car.
“And next year, I’m going to win the car,” she said, smiling.
Rene Kalmer, three times winner of the Grand Prix finished second on the 2014 Grand Prix table, with 81 points, proving the value of consistency. Although it was the first time for a number of years that she failed to win a race, her top 10 finishes in all five races ensured she earned enough points to win a cheque for R30 000.
Third place went to last year’s Grand Prix winner, Mapaseka Makhanya, who had a much quieter year than her stellar year in 2013, when she recorded triumph after triumph on road and track. Like Kalmer, she proved the value of consistency, with top 10 finishes in all five races. In fact, the difference between Makhanya and Kalmer came down to Kalmer having finished second in Port Elizabeth and third in Durban, while Makhanya’s best position was third in Port Elizabeth. She earned 78 Grand Prix points – three less than Kalmer, and just one more than Lebogang Phalula.
Boxer clinched the club competition, ending years of dominance by Nedbank. Boxer finished with 248 points, followed by Transnet, with 158. Maxed Elite came third, with 111, and Nedbank fourth, with 82.
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AUSTRALIAN TEAM TAKE EARLY LEAD IN SPAR FAST5 SERIES

Potchefstroom, South Africa – The SPAR South Africa Fast5 team dominated most of the match but ultimately went down 38-33 against the Australian Centre of Excellence in their opening match of a two-game series at Kopanelo Sport Hall, in Potchefstroom, on Wednesday night.
The hosts led 7-6 after the first quarter, and while the tourists hit back to draw level (13-13) at half-time, Elize Kotze’s side used their powerplay in the third period and drew clear again to hold a 25-18 heading into the final stanza.

Amanda Mynhardt and Phumza Maweni, both from South Africa in action against the Australians during the Fast5 match played at the SANDF Kopanelo Sports Hall in Potchefstroom on Wednesday, 15 October 2014.
Picture by: Mario van de wall


The Australians, however, made full use of their powerplay in the last quarter, playing it safe with two-point shots as they secured a 1-0 series lead ahead of Friday’s second and final contest.
“It’s important for us to be consistent throughout the four quarters,” said SPAR South Africa coach Elize Kotze.
“We were in a good position after our powerplay but we need to be more clinical on defence.”
National captain Maryka Holtzhausen was satisfied with her performance, but she hoped they would be able to work on a few key areas in training on Thursday.
“We need to be much tighter through our powerplay, especially with our two-point shots,” Holtzhausen said.
“I thought we did well, especially considering this was our first game together as a team.”
Both sides were without senior players due to injury and illness, and Michelle de Dekker, coach of the Australian team, was pleased with the victory as the visitors remained unbeaten on their week-long tour.
“It would be nice to hit more three-pointers, and we did not defend hard enough, but only two of our players have played Fast5 matches before so I thought it was a solid performance.”


SOUTH AFRICA LOSE SPAR NETBALL SERIES DESPITE IMPROVED PERFORMANCE

Potchefstroom, South Africa – South Africa’s Under-23 invitation side gave the Australian Centre of Excellence a solid fight on Tuesday night, but ultimately went down 45-38 in the second match of the SPAR International Netball Series in Potchefstroom.

Captain of the Australian Centre of Excellence team, Mandy Proud and Izette Lubbe of South Africa in action at the SANDF Kopanelo Sports Hall in Potchefstroom during the SPAR International Netball Series on Tuesday.
Picture by: Mario van de wall


The Australian outfit, who bagged a 66-33 victory in the opening game on Sunday, won the three-match series with a game to spare.
“There was a little lack of concentration at times which cost us the game,” said Dorette Badenhorst, coach of the SPAR SA team, who was delighted with the improved display.
“It was a great performance on defense and attack.”
The South Africans were boosted by a few players who joined their ranks after the opening match, but the Australians were hit by the absence of three of their key players due to illness.
“We knew what was expected this time, and what to do on court,” said SA captain Zandre Kruger.
“We communicated better and were able to turn more balls on defence to give to the attack.”
The tourists got off to a solid start, and looked to be running away with the match again in the early stages, but the South Africans showed grit and determination to claw their way back into the game.
They moved in front shortly before half-time, leading 22-21 at the interval, with the Australian side placed on the back foot for the first time in the series.
Badenhorst introduced four subs in the third quarter and shifted Izette Lubbe from wing attack to centre, which produced the desired effect as the hosts took control.
Keeping their composure, however, the Australian outfit surged back in front and led 32-28 at the end of the third quarter.
Badenhorst made three more changes, and shifted Shadine van der Merwe from wing defence to goal defence, but Australian coach Michelle den Dekker also rang the changes in the second half, as the visitors drew clear to secure another comfortable win, though it was far less convincing than Sunday’s victory.
“The South Africans played hard for the full 60 minutes and kept their momentum,” said Australian coach Michelle den Dekker.
“They kept pushing back at us, which was a really big positive for them.”
The SANDF Kopanelo Sport Stadium was packed almost to capacity, with local supporters raising the roof as the South Africans put up a tremendous fight.
“It was an amazing experience. We don’t get this kind of support at home,” said Australian centre Maddy Proud.
“It was fantastic to see so many people appreciating the game.”
The third and final match of the series will be played on Saturday, while the SA fast5 squad will face the Australian side on Wednesday and Friday in the shorter, faster format.


NETBALL SOUTH AFRICA WISHES POTGIETER SPEEDY RECOVERY

Potchefstroom, South Africa – SPAR Proteas goal shooter Lenize Potgieter will be sorely missed by her teammates this week, in a two-match SPAR Fast5 series against an Australian invitation team, after being involved in a car accident on Saturday.

Lenise Portgieter of Gauteng North in action against Nelson Mandela Bay during the SPAR National Netball Championships in Cape Town, August 2014.
Picture by: Reg Caldecott


Netball South Africa CEO Blanche de la Guerre confirmed on Tuesday that Potgieter had been withdrawn from the SPAR SA squad while recovering in hospital.
“The SPAR SA Fast5 team will miss Lenize this week. She is a brilliant up and coming player,” said NSA CEO Blanche de la Guerre, who visited Potgieter at Montana Hospital in Pretoria on Sunday.
“We wish her well and hope for a speedy recovery of one of our country’s most talented players.”
Jenny van Dyk, coach of the University of Pretoria team, believed Potgieter had the strength and will to recover in time to represent the country at the Fast5 World Series in Auckland next month.
“She has a very strong character so I’m not ruling that out,” Van Dyk said.
“It was a pretty big accident but she’s a tough cookie.”


GUTSY SOUTH AFRICANS FALL TO AUSTRALIAN CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

Potchefstroom, South Africa – While the South African invitation team put up a strong fight in the first half, they were outclassed by an Australian invitation side in the opening match of the SPAR International Netball Series at the SANDF Kopanelo Sport Centre, in Potchefstroom, on Sunday night.

SPAR South Africa Invitation team’s goal attacker, Mari-Lena Joubert (Right) and Courtney Bruce (Left) of Australia’s Centre of Excellence in action at the SPAR International Netball Series played at the SANDF Kopanelo Sport Hall, Potchefstroom in the North West on Sunday.


Despite the convincing 66-33 loss, Dorette Badenhorst, the coach of the SA squad which is made up of Under-23 players, remained upbeat about her team’s performance.
While the South Africans played their first ever match together, the core players in the touring outfit, representing the Australian Centre of Excellence, have lived together for the past three months.
“There are a lot of positives we can take from this match,” Badenhorst said.
“For a lot of our players this was the first time they played at this level, and it’s the first time they’ve played together as a team.
“The second quarter was excellent and going forward we can take a lot from this game. The more they play togther, the better they’ll get.”
The visitors got off to an explosive start, displaying more speed and aggression than their opponents, as they took a 7-2 lead midway through the first quarter.
The hosts fought back, however, and while they struggled to match the pace and physicality of the tourists, they were more clinical and precise around the court, reducing the advantage to 9-6 after 10 minutes.
That was the closest they would come to closing the gap, though, as the Australians drew clear once again to lead 18-6 at the end of the opening quarter.
Refusing to throw in the towel, the SA squad continued to fight but they were dominated in defence, and while goal shooter Eloise Annandale struggled with her accuracy, goal attack Mari-Lena Joubert did well to keep some pressure on the Australians up front.
Maintaining contact, the home side trailed 30-17 at half-time and were still in with a chance of working their way back into the game.
In an attempt to give all her players some game time, Badenhorst made four changes for the third quarter, with all four subs - Chante Steyn (goal shooter), Tshina Mdau (centre), Sasha-Lee Peersen (wing defence) and Kefiloe Tsotetsi (goalkeeper) - sent out on court.
The changes did not have a positive impact, however, as the tourists ran away with the game in the third and fourth quarters, romping to a comfortable victory.
“I don’t think the score is a true reflection of the game. I didn’t realise the gap was so big,” said Australian captain Ashleigh Brazil.
“The South African girls were amazing, from defence to shooter, and I was really impressed with them. We’re looking forward to the next game.”
The second fixture of the three-match series will be played at the same venue, at 6pm, on Tuesday night.


PHALULA SISTERS TRIUMPHANT IN JOBURG SPAR RACE

Johannesburg, South Africa - The Phalula twins had much to celebrate after the Johannesburg leg of the SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge at the Wanderers Club on Sunday.

Lebogang Phalula celebrates her win as she crosses the finish line first at the SPAR Women’s Challenge race in Johannesburg on Sunday, 12 October 2014.

Picture credit: Reg Caldecott

The top three SPAR Women’s Challenge winners at the Joburg leg. (L-R): Rutendo Nyahora (2nd); Lebogang Phalula (1st); and Mamorallo Tjoka (3rd).


Lebogang Phalula romped home in first place and her sister, Diana-Lebo, clinched the Grand Prix, after finishing in fifth position.
The twins went into the lead right from the start of the race, which was run on a cool overcast morning. For the first two kilometres, they ran in a bunch which included Rutendo Nyahora and Lesotho runner Mamorallo Tjoka.
Lebogang then moved ahead, and was never seriously challenged after that.
“I knew that I had to get well ahead, because Rutendo finishes strongly, “ she said.
Lebogang Phalula finished the race in 33.34 minutes, seven seconds ahead of Nyahora, who was closing in on her in the last kilometre.
“I just hung in there,” said Phalula, smiling.
“The weather was good for me today. I really struggle when it’s hot, so it was good that it was cool and overcast.”
She said her victory was very important to her.
“I tested positive for drugs in a Challenge race in Pretoria and was banned for six months,” she said.
“It was hard to come back into running after that, especially as the banned substance was given to me by my coach. Now I’m running clean and I want to prove to everyone that I am not a drug cheat. I am so happy to be running well again.”
Nyahora said she had decided to push hard from the six kilometre mark, although her legs were very tired.
“My aim was to win, but I couldn’t catch her. But next year …” she said.
Third home was Tjoka, in 34.43 minutes.
“I’ve been running these races for a long time, without really getting anywhere. But I’m preparing for the Soweto marathon, and I decided to test my speed today,” she said.
“I’m very pleased with the way I ran today and will push myself harder the next time I run the SPAR race.”
Irvette van Zyl, who won the Pretoria race in August, was fourth in 34.58, followed by Diana-Lebo Phalula, 35.21. Three times Grand Prix winner, Rene Kalmer, finished in sixth place, in 36.02, and last year’s Grand Prix winner, Mapaseka Makhanya was seventh in 36.27.
Diana-Lebo won the Cape Town and Port Elizabeth races in record time, but was then hampered by a hamstring injury. She said she was thrilled to have won the Grand Prix, for which she will receive a Nissan Micra.
“It’s the biggest prize I have ever won,” she said.
“It is a wonderful motivator. When you don’t feel like training, you think of that prize and it makes it easier to hit the road.”
The Phalula twins said they would both be using the Nissan Micra which Diana-Lebo will receive as winner of the Grand Prix.
“We’re twins, so we share whatever we have,” said Diana-Lebo. Her sister, however, said she had her sights set on winning her own car in 2015.
“Then we will each have a car,” she laughed.
Nearly 13 000 runners took part in the 10km Challenge and the 5km Fun Run, with proceeds from the race going to breast cancer support group Reach for Recovery. They received a cheque for R 50 000.


SPAR PROTEAS FOCUS ON NETBALL WORLD CUP

Pretoria, South Africa – Netball South Africa has congratulated fellow African teams Uganda and Zambia who will join the SPAR Proteas and Malawi as Africa’s representatives at Netball World Cup Sydney 2015.
Following rigorous qualifying events across the five regions – Europe, Oceania, America, Asia and Africa – the International Netball Federation (INF) confirmed this week that the 16 nations who will compete at the Netball World Cup Sydney 2015.
The top six nations automatically qualified when the INF World Rankings were confirmed in July. These were Australia, New Zealand, England, Jamaica, Malawi and South Africa. As a result of the Regional Qualifiers, they will be joined by Wales, Scotland, Fiji, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Zambia.
“We are very proud of our African sister federations Zambia and Uganda for making it to the World Cup,” said Netball South Africa president Mimi Mthethwa. “Netball on the continent continues to make giant strides forward and we are sure of putting in a good showing for Africa.”
Mthethwa said her federation was providing SPAR Proteas coach Elize Kotze and her team every support to help assist them to put on a display worthy of capturing netball’s most prestigious prize.
“I can assure you that we are not going to Sydney to make up the numbers. We are going there to compete for the World Cup and establish South Africa as one of the dominant players on the global stage,” said Mthethwa. “We have mass participation, elite players and a world class league. Winning the World Cup would but netball on the map and another step towards a fully professional netball circuit in South Africa.”
Kotze said she was very excited for Uganda and Zambia having made it to the World Cup.
“Uganda and Zambia showed last year at the Africa Cup in Malawi, they are teams to be reckoned with in the future. The gap between scores against the top African countries decreased and they played with more confidence and consistency,” said Kotze. “For Africa to have four of the 16 teams participating at the 2015 World Cup is not only a great achievement for netball but also for all women in Africa. These women of Africa are unstoppable in fighting for their goals and dreams.”

Zambia, who defeated higher ranked African nations, will be competing in only their second World Cup since the tournament began in 1963.
In Europe, England is one of four nations (Australia, New Zealand and Jamaica) to have played in every World Cup. Wales and Scotland also have a consistent record at the event, competing in 13 of the 14 editions of the tournament (missing the 1967 and 2011 Cups respectively).
In Asia, Sri Lanka upset higher ranked nations to join Singapore as the two qualifying nations last month while Fiji, Samoa, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago have been preparing for Sydney 2015 after qualifying earlier in the year in events in the Cooks Islands (Oceania Region) and Canada (Americas Region).
International Netball Federation President, the Hon. Molly Rhone, said: “This has been a particularly exciting lead up to the Netball World Cup, with an unprecedented four African nations making it through to the Finals. The competition will be fierce and the rivalry intense at our flagship INF event next August.”


SUPER SENIORS TAKE ON TURKEY

Johannesburg, South Africa – A strong South African Super Seniors tennis team was named by Tennis South Africa (TSA) on Wednesday to travel to Turkey to participate in the annual ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships.

The tournament will be played from the 13 to the 18 October 2014 and will be hosted at the Club Ali Bey in Manavgat in Antalya, Turkey.

There will be individual age group competitions for men and women between the ages of 60 – 80 years.

Chairman of Tennis South Africa (TSA) Seniors Ronnie van ’t Hof said, “These tournaments show tennis in the best possible light – as a lifetime game for men and women, from age 8 to 80, competitive and yet social.
Sport enhances the quality of life, and TSA as the guardian of the game, has a responsibility to provide the environment for the game to flourish at all levels and the seniors have certainly responded”. Van ‘t Hof wished all the players the very best in Turkey.

South Africa is the only country in Super Seniors featuring a mother/son selection – Jackie Zylstra of KwaZulu-Natal in the +75 team (Zylstra plays in the +80 age group but is playing down as South Africa don’t have a +80 women’s team) and her son, Jean Hubert also of KwaZulu-Natal – a stalwart in the +60 team.

South Africa has a total of 32 players taking part in the tournament all placed in the 9 teams as follows;

Men
60+ VON CRAMM CUP
Ronnie van ‘t Hof (captain) (SWD)
Jean Hubert (KZN)
Michael Raymond (GC)
Claude Moonieyan (Bor)

65+ BRITANNIA CUP
Frank Briscoe (GC)
Daan Spengler (SWD)
Ricky Buwalda (captain) (KZN)
John Coetzee (GC)

70+ JACK CRAWFORD CUP
Oscar Marino (GC)
Hannes Van Wyk (NWP)
Kobus De La Port (GN)

75+ BITSY GRANT CUP
Johan Grove Lim
Lyster van Der Brugge (captain) (KZN)
Neville Van Sittert (GC)

80+ GARDNAR MULLOY CUP
Francois Van Der Merwe (captain ) (Bol)
Louis Joubert (Bol)
Pat Josephson (WP)

Women
60+ ALICE MARBLE CUP
Annelie Celliers (GN)
Lynne Hughes (captain) (KZN)
Martella Meyer (NWP)


65+ KITTY GODFREE CUP
Ann Hinde (KZN)
Marlene Joubert (GN)
Yvonne Fichardt (captain) (WP)
Danny Buwalda (KZN)

70+ ALTHEA GIBSON CUP
Petro Kruger (captain) (Bol)
Susan Van Rensburg (NWP)
Elmarie Lategan (SWD)

75+ QUEENS CUP
Kathy Nevay (captain) (GE)
Jackie Zylstra (KZN)
Maud Thorne (Bor)
Reiko Murase (GC)


TOP FIELD OF PLAYERS ANNOUNCED FOR TENNIS SOUTH AFRICAN JUNIOR MASTERS

Bloemfontein, South Africa - The best of the best will battle for over R80 000.00 in travel vouchers when the Tennis South Africa (TSA) Junior Masters starts in Bloemfontein tomorrow (Thursday).

The top eight boy and girl players in the under 12, 14, 16 age groups plus 5 boys and 4 girls in the under 18 age groups will battle over two days (Thursday and Friday) for title honours.

There will be four seeded players in the under 12, 14 and 16 age groups and two seed players in the under 18 age groups. A knock-out draw will be the order of play for the under 12, 14 and 16 age groups and the under 18 age groups will play a round robin. On Thursday there will be two rounds of singles with finals being played on Friday.

President of TSA, Gavin Crookes said that the newly announced TSA Masters was important for the development of the game. “We have a very healthy and strong junior structure within tennis in the country and this new tournament allows the best of our players to do battle against each other. With each player being ranked in the top 10 of their age-group, the competition promises to be tough and spectators will be in for a real treat of top tennis action.”

TSA also announced that a workshop will be held on Thursday evening for all the players in the Masters where experts in nutrition and doping would address the players and their coaches and parents.

The TSA Junior Masters will be played at the Free State Stadium. Play starts at 09h00 on Thursday and 09h00 on Friday. Entrance is free.

It was also confirmed that all matches in the TSA Masters will have live scoring and there would be live streaming of the girls and boys final of the Masters on Friday, with commentary provided by Mike Dunk from Game Set & Match. To access live scoring and live streaming go to www.tennissa.co.za

The player line up has been announced as follows;

BOYS

Under 12
1. Kholo Montsi (GN)
2. Owen Arends (WP)
3. Peter Scott (GC)
4. Sam Mcquirk (Bor)
Carl Roothman (Bol)
Tom Mchugh (Bol)
Connor Kruger (GN)
Dylan Salton (GE)

Under 14
1. Matthew Johnson (WP)
2. Philip Henning (FS)
3. Sipho Montsi (GN)
4. Marno Stander (WP)
Christiaan Worst (GN)
Justin Liebenberg (GC)
Kyle Johnson (GC)
Hugh Morgan (GC)

Under 16
1. Nikolai Manchev (KZN)
2. Lance-Pierre Du Toit (Bol)
3. Tim Dollman (WP)
4. Richard Thongoana (GN)
Jordan Sauer (GN)
Jandre’ Lessing (EP)
Michael Copeland (GC)
Hubert Badenhorst (FS)

Under 18
1. Jan Berry (FS)
2. Ebenhaeser Von Gericke (FS)
Gerrit Snyman (EP)
Christiaan Stofberg (FS)
Wesley Basson (GC)

GIRLS
Under 12
1. Lara Van Der Merwe (NWP)
2. Makayla Loubser (WP)
3. Delien Kleinhans (FS)
4. Cara O’Flaherty (GC)
Elanie Brand (NC)
Ashlee Andrew (GE)
Anique Engelbrecht (GC)
Gizelle Naude (FS)

Under 14
1. Corin De Waal (Bol)
2. Maja Gledic (GC)
3. Angela Georgieva (GC)
4. Kaylin Bouwer (EP)
Megan Lombardi (Bol)
Samantha Muller (GC)
Jessica Assenmacher (GC)
Alexis Tensfeldt (GC)

Under 16
1. Lee Barnard (GN)
2. Zani Barnard (GN)
3. Mila Hartig (GN)
4. Nicole Petchey (WP)
Maxine Bateman (KZN)
Jone Kruger (NWP)
Imaan Hassim (GC)
Ciney Bekker (Bol)

Under 18
1. Katie Poluta (WP)
2. Nelise Verster (FS)
Mandri Viljoen (Bol)
Kendal Gorlei (KZN)
Réze Opperman (EP)


WOMEN TO TAKE TO THE STREETS IN SPAR CHALLENGE

Johannesburg, South Africa - Johannesburg’s northern suburbs will resonate to the sound of thousands of pairs of feet on Sunday morning as more than 11 000 women take to the streets in the SPAR women’s 10km Challenge and 5km Fun Run at the Wanderers Club.

South Africa’s top women runners will all be there, battling it out to cross the finish line first, but the Challenge is about far more than the winners. It brings together women of all ages, shapes and sizes, and most of those taking part on Sunday are doing it for fun. Many of them will walk rather than run, and the sounds of laughter and chatter will echo round the leafy suburbs of Melrose, Illovo, Atholl-Oaklands and Killarney.

Some famous faces will also be taking part, including well-known television sports presenter Vaylen Kirtley, Morning Live’s Andile Masuku, who will be taking a break from telling us about the weather, and fans of ‘7de Laan’ will be delighted to be able to catch up with Melanie du Bois, better known as Felicity.

Other faces not as well-known are those of the women from Reach for Recovery, the Challenge’s designated charity. Reach for Recovery is a support group for women with breast cancer. Its members are all women who have been through the ordeal of breast cancer and are well placed to talk to women who are undergoing treatment. The Reach for Recovery runners are easily recognized by their pink t-shirts and the laughter that accompanies them wherever they go.

Although the Challenge is a women’s race, men are allowed to take part on the condition that they dress in drag.

Social media has become part of the fun of the SPAR Challenge and Fun Run, and the organizers are encouraging participants to enter the spirit of the occasion by tweeting photos and comments. The hashtags are #SparRaceJHB #SPARJozi

As always, there are wonderful prizes on offer, including a lucky draw for a Nissan Micra, the Bring-a-Buddy competition, where an entrant and her friend can win New Balance shoes, and the schools competition, where the school with the most entrants can win prizes from electronics giant Mustek.

Pre-entries for both races have closed, but late entries will be accepted at registration on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and before the race on Sunday. Both races start at 8am, and finish at the Wanderers Club.


SPAR GRAND PRIX SETTLED BUT THE RACE IS ON FOR FIRST PLACE

Johannesburg, South Africa - The Wanderers Club in Illovo is the place to be on Sunday, when South Africa’s top roadrunners vie for first place in the SPAR Women’s 10km Challenge.

Diana-Lebo Phalula despite finishing fourth in the Durban and Pretoria SPAR Women’s challenge in August, still remains top on the SPAR Grand Prix leader board. There is one SPAR women’s challenge race left for 2014 which counts towards the SPAR Grand Prix standings. The last leg of the SPAR Women’s Challenge race takes place this Sunday, 12 October in Illovo, Johannesburg.

Three-times Grand Prix winner Rene Kalmer, who is second on the Grind Prix log with 66 points, just two points ahead of last year’s Grand Prix winner Mapaseka Makhanya. Kalmer finished ninth in the Berlin Marathon last month, in a personal best time of 2 hours 29.59 minutes. She has not had a win in this year’s SPAR Challenge races, and will be determined to change that in the last Challenge of the year.
Picture credit: Reg Caldecott


The Johannesburg race is the last of the five-race Challenge series, and the winner of the annual Grand Prix is virtually cut and dried. There is only the smallest technical possibility that Diana-Lebo Phalula will not emerge as winner of the Nissan Micra awarded to the runner with the most points from the five races.
She has a total of 94 points, after winning the Cape Town and Port Elizabeth races in record time, and finishing fourth in Durban and Pretoria.
Her nearest rival is three-times Grand Prix winner Rene Kalmer, who is 28 points behind, with 66 points, just two points ahead of last year’s Grand Prix winner, Mapaseka Makhanya.
Diana-Lebo’s twin sister, Lebogang, and two-times winner of the Grand Prix, Irvette van Zyl, are in joint fourth place on the log, with 57 points. Lebogang won the Durban race and Van Zyl was first across the line in Pretoria.
Although the outcome of the Grand Prix may be known, the top runners have all let it be known that they will be satisfied with nothing less than victory on Sunday.
They have all been in good form recently. Van Zyl followed her record-breaking win in Pretoria with victory in the Nelson Mandela Marathon the following day. She was unable to finish the Cape Town race because of an injury, but she has been running outstanding times and could be hard to beat on Sunday.
Kalmer finished ninth in the Berlin Marathon last month, in a personal best time of 2 hours 29.59 minutes. She has not had a win in this year’s Challenge races, and will be determined to change that in the last Challenge of the year.
The Phalula sisters have been running better than ever this year, and either of them is capable of winning the Johannesburg race. Diana-Lebo had a hamstring niggle in Durban and Pretoria, but should be back at her best for the Johannesburg race.
Other runners to look out for include Rutendo Nyahora, Rene’s sister Christine, Marelize Retief, Jenna Challenor and Thozama April, who will all be pushing for a place on the podium.
The evergreen Sonja Laxton will also be running. Last year, she completed her 80th SPAR race when she won the Grandmasters category in Johannesburg. A few weeks later she was struck by a car while training, and suffered multiple fractures. While there were those who thought she might never run again, Laxton had other ideas, and less than six months later, she ran in the Port Elizabeth Challenge, finishing in 57.12 minutes – a time that would put most women of her age to shame.

Late entries will be accepted at registration at the Wanderers on Thursday October 9, Friday October 10 and Saturday October 11, but only pre-entries are eligible for the free race t-shirt.


ETHEKWINI TENNIS ASSOCIATION TO HOST A COACHING COURSE

Durban, South Africa - EThekwini Tennis Association (eTA) in partnership with Tennis South Africa (TSA) will be holding a Phase 1 Level 1 coaching course in KwaZulu-Natal at the Westridge Park Tennis Stadiums from 4-11 October 2014.
A total of 12 candidates have registered for the course.
Of the 12 candidates, Emmanuel Ngema, Development Officer of eTA who passed the initial TSA Play and Stay course is now able to further his training through the assistance of eTA who are funding his costs to attend the course.
Natalie Grandin, a former South African professional tennis player who has recently retired from the WTA Tour will also be attending the course.

Gary Brown President of eThekwini Tennis Association said “It’s really a very positive sign to have 12 applicants for the level one phase one coaching course.
It’s fantastic to see that there are still a number of people who want to give back to tennis and want to see tennis flourish .
There are two special people that I would like to mention who have enrolled for the course; one being Natalie Grandin a young lady who spent many years on the professional circuit and who represented South Africa on numerous occasions in the Fed Cup. Her passion to give back to tennis is greatly appreciated .The other person is Emmanuel Ngema who is our development officer and oversees our various development hubs. His enthusiasm for the children and tennis development is an inspiration to all of us at eTA.I believe that the positive spin off from these courses will be that more people will be introduced to this wonderful game ” he added.


AUSTRALIAN COACH SAYS SOUTH AFRICAN NETBALL HAS MADE GREAT STRIDES

Pretoria, South Africa – Australia’s longest serving netball captain, Michelle Den Dekker, says netball in South Africa has made great strides in the past 15 years.
Den Dekker, who was captain of the Australian team that beat Debbie Hamman’s South African team in the final of the 1995 netball world championships, was speaking ahead of the coming SPAR International series between a South Africa invitation team and the Australian Team of Excellence in Potchefstroom from October 12 to 18.
“The South Africans have become very competitive,” said Den Dekker.
“They are playing a harder style of one-on-one defence, which is making it more difficult for us.”
Den Dekker, the head coach of the Netball Centre of Excellence in Canberra, said the Challenge series was very important for Australia’s future stars.
“They need to experience international travel and also playing against different teams with different styles,” she said.
“Most of them have never played at altitude before, so that could be a challenge. But that is all part of the experience they need. We expect at least five senior players to retire after the World Championships in Sydney next year, so we are looking to players from this group to step up to the next level.
“The depth of netball in Australia is very strong, so I am confident that these players will do well.”
She said two players in particular would be pushing for a place in the Australian team for the World Championships next year.
“Ashleigh Brazill, who plays centre and wing defence, has a very good chance of making the team, and I am also very excited about Kate Shimmin, who plays goalkeeper and goal defence. Kate has a vertical jump of 70 centimeters, and is an expert at the lift, which makes it difficult to score against her,” said Den Dekker.
The coach said that she would be travelling with a squad of 14 players instead of the normal 12, because of the need to identify players who were ready to make the step up to the senior Australian team.
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Australian Team of Excellence: Ashleigh Brazill, Courtney Bruce, Beryl Friday, Hulita Haukinima, Saral Klau, Cody Lange, Maddy Proud, Kate Shimmin, Verity Simmons, Kaylia Stanton, Amy Steel, Numi Tupia, Georgie Virgo, Chloe Watson. Coach: Michelle den Dekker.


SEEDS AND WILDCARDS ANNOUNCED FOR DUNLOP FREE STATE CHALLENGE

Bloemfontein, South Africa - The seeds and wildcards for next week’s Dunlop Free State Challenge were announced by Tennis South Africa (TSA) and Free State Tennis today (Wednesday).
The tournament, will be played at Bloemfontein from Saturday 4 October with the finals being played on Wednesday 8 October.

The seeds are as follows;
Boys 12 and under (University of the Free State); 1-Kholo Montsi (GN), 2-Robbie Arends (WP), 3-Sam McQuirk (Bor), 4-Carl Roothman (Bol), 5-Tinashe Taruberekera (Zim), 6-Tom Mchugh (Bol), 7-Connor Kruger (GN) and 8-Dylan Jay Salton (GE)
Boys 14 and under (Grey College & Eunice); 1-Marno Stander (WP), 2-Kyle Johnson (GC), 3-Justin Liebenberg (GC), 4-Marius Becker (GN) 5-Joubert Klopper (FS), 6-Sasha Muller (GC), 7-Emile Brand (Bol) and 8-Kent Joubert (GE)
Boys 16 and under (Free State Tennis Stadium); 1-Nikolai Mancev (KZN), 2-Lance Pierre Du Toit (Bol), 3-Tim Dollman (WP), 4-Richard Thongoana (GC), 5-Michael Copeland (GC), 6-Jordan Sauer (GN), 7-Hubert Badenhorst (FS) and 8-Dylan Walters (GC)
Men (Mudd Plein Tennis Club); 1-Jan Paul Berry (FS), 2-Gerber Raubenheimer (GN), 3-Eben von Gericke (FS), 4-Max Grobbelaar (GN), 5-Maximilian Grobbelaar (GC), 6-Gerrit Snyman (EP), 7-Rayne Roselt (NW) and 8-Marnich Hattingh (GN)
Girls 12 and under (University of the Free State); 1-Caitlin O’Flaherty (GC), 2-Aslee Andrew (GE), 3-Gizelle Naude (FS), 4-Maria Mostert (FS), 5-Anja De Beer (EP), 6-Gina Moolman (FS), 7-Christine Kruger (FS) and 8-Inge Greyling (FS)
Girls 14 and under (Grey College & Eunice); 1-Kiara Wakeford (NC), 2-Lara van der Merwe (NWP), 3-Tayo Adetunji (NWP), 4-Georgina Kaindoah (Tan), 5-Evangeline Du Toit (Bol), 6-Linge Steenkamp (FS), 7-Sasha Taruberekera (GC) and 8-Chelsea Dzenga (Zim)
Girls 16 and under (Mundene Tennis Club);1- Lize Moolman (FS), 2-Corin De Waal (Bol), 3-Maja Gledic (GC), 4-Casandra Metzer (GE), 5-Kaylin Bouwer (EP), 6-Angela Georgieva (GC), 7-Lise Stofberg (FS) and 8-Hanri Stofberg (FS)
Women (Mudd Plein Tennis Club); 1-Katy Poluta (WP), 2-Mila Hartig (GN), 3-Nicole Petchey (WP), 4-Maxine Bateman (KZN), 5-Nelise Verster (FS), 6-Tracey Bulmer (GC), 7-Ciney Bekker (Bol) and 8-Imaan Hassim (GC)

The wildcards were announced as follows;
Boys 12 and under: Francois Haasbroek (FS)
Boys 14 and under: Pieter Joubert (FS)
Boys 14 and under: Johann Human (GN)
Mens : Kenton Parton (KZN)
Girls 14 and under: Danica Malan (GN)
Girls 16 and under: Nicola Steenkamp (Bol)
Girls 16 and under: Lane Filmalter (FS)

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