AFRICA JUNIOR TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM ANNOUNCED

Johannesburg, South Africa – Tennis South Africa (TSA) announced their team to represent South Africa at the African Junior Championships (AJC) in Tunisia in March next year.

The team will firstly however have to qualify for the event by participating in the Southern African Junior Championship in Botswana from 9th to 18th January, 2015.

Four players who have previously played in the AJC Qualifying in Botswana in 2014, namely Lara van der Merwe of North West (Girls Under 12), Zani and Lee Barnard of Gauteng North (Girls Under 16) and Richard Thongoana of Gauteng Central (Boys Under 16) are being rested. It should also be noted that the competition only allows a country only three Under 12 entries and has to be composed of both genders, hence the composition of two girls and one boy.

The team announced is:
Boys Under 12: Carl Roothman (Bol)
Girls Under 12: Maria Mostert (FS) and Christine Kruger (FS)
Boys Under 14: Charl Morgan (GC) and Joubert Klopper (FS)
Girls Under 14: Carmen Fichardt (FS) and Linge Steenkamp (FS)
Boys Under 16: Joshua Howard-Tripp (GC) and Rossouw Norval (Bol)
Girls Under 16: Margo Landman (FS) and Mila Hartig (GN)

The coaches of the team announced are Raxanne Clarke of Western Province and Denton Meintjes of Gauteng North.


A GOOD YEAR FOR NETBALL

Pretoria, South Africa – 2014 has been a busy year for South African netball, in the run-up to the Netball World Championships in Sydney next year.

The winning Gauteng North team (Behind: Riana Bezuidenhout (Manager), Faith Tumelo Mantjiu, Jeanie Steyn, Erin Burger, Melissa Myburgh, Shadine van der Merwe, Nthabiseng Mothutsi, Vanes-Mari du Toit, Jenny van Dyk (Coach). Front: Lenize Potgieter, Amanda Maynardt (Captain), Tshina Mdau, Mampho Tsotetsi and Lindie Lombard), after beating Dr Kenneth Kaunda in the final of the SPAR National Netball Championships at Bellville, Velodrome in August.


The SPAR Fast5 team clinched fifth position in the Fast5 World Netball Series in Auckland, New Zealand last month, with a decisive 30-22 victory over arch-rivals Malawi in the fifth place play-off. From L-R (Back): Mari-Lena Joubert, Amanda Mynhardt, Vanes-Mari du Toit, Maryka Holtzhausen, Phumza Maweni. (Front) Tumelo Mantjiu, Elsunet Du Plessis, Shadine Van der Merwe, Lauren-Lee Christians and Bongolethu Ngubeni.


Team South Africa celebrates after winning the SPAR Challenge netball test series between South Africa and Scotland at Bellville Velodrome in June 2014. From L-R: (Front) Adele Niemand, Maryka Holtzhausen, Precious Mthembu, Bongi Msomi, Zanele Mdodana; (Back) Phumza Maweni, Lenize Potgieter, Melissa Myburgh, Chrisna van Zyl, Erin Burger, Kefiloe Tsotetsi and Karla Mostert.
Pictures credit: Reg Caldecott


The SPAR South Africa netball squad took part in a number of training camps ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and also played a three-Test series against Scotland at the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town in June. The Proteas improved with every outing, beating the Scottish Thistles by more than 20 goals each time.
An innovation this year was the introduction of the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League, in which the country’s top players were involved in high intensity matches over a hectic five-week period. It was the first semi-professional national league, and players and administrators alike welcomed it. The netball in the first division was of a very high standard, although it soon became clear that the teams to beat were the Free State Crinums and the Gauteng Jaguars. These teams met up in a thrilling final, which the Crinums won 40-36 in extra time.
The most important international event of the year was the Commonwealth Games, where all the world’s top netball countries were represented. South Africa were drawn in the same pool as Australia, England, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Wales.
South Africa did well in the pool matches, with decisive victories over Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Wales. In their match against third-ranked England, they finished six goals short, and the eventual silver medalists, Australia, beat the Proteas 64-40. The Proteas finished third in their pool and came up against perennial rivals, Malawi, in the play-off for fifth place. Malawi squeaked home 53-45, after an exciting ding-dong battle. Their victory meant that Malawi were now ranked fifth in the world, ahead of South Africa.
The SPAR National Championships were played at the Bellville Velodrome in August, and this time it was Gauteng North that came out on top, winning the title for the fourth time in five years. They beat Dr Kenneth Kaunda (North West South) in the final. Dr Kenneth Kaunda were unbeaten during the round robin stages, but Dorette Badenhorst’s young players were no match for Jenny van Dyk’s experienced team, which boasted six current and former Protea players. Gauteng North won the match by 63 goals to 37. Last year’s champions, Mangaung, finished in fourth place, behind Boland.
There was more excitement in October, when a South African invitation team took on a team from the Australian Sports Institute in Potchefstroom, giving younger players from both countries a taste of international netball.
The South African Fast5 squad travelled to New Zealand for the World Fast5 tournament, which features the top six netball countries. The South Africans clinched fifth place with a decisive 30-22 victory over Malawi.
“It has been a very good year for netball,” said Netball South Africa (NSA) President Mimi Mthethwa.
“One of the highlights was the introduction of the premier league, with one of South Africa’s biggest companies, SAB, coming on board,” she said.
“It is the first time they have sponsored a woman’s sport, and it is exciting to see that SAB have been nominated for the Newcomer Sponsor’s award for the Discovery Awards next year. SPAR continues to be a huge support and our very loyal partner and friend.
“It was also very pleasing that two netballers were honoured at the gsport4girls Awards, with Lenize Potgieter being named Newcomer of the Year and Zanele Mdodana the Style Star of the Year. Lenize was spotted during the premier league, and fast-tracked into the national team.
“I believe netball is doing very well, and I think we will go from strength to strength next year,” said Mthethwa.
Mike Prentice, Group Marketing Executive of SPAR said that he was excited at the strides netball had made over the past year. “SPAR have for many years believed that netball is a ‘sleeping giant’ and this past year Netball South Africa have made incredible progress in securing additional sponsorship partners and introducing some exciting events and projects to the game. This excites SPAR and we welcome this progress as it complements our investment into the game we believe so strongly can uplift communities and in particular women in our country.”


TENNIS BONANZA FOR BOLAND

Tennis South Africa LTPD manual launched
• Top international tennis on display

Strand, South Africa - Top international tennis players, some South African Davis Cup players, former ATP players and South African and junior tennis stars will be part of the Tennis South Africa Long Term Player Development (LTPD) launch in the Boland on Sunday 14 December 2014.

Top South African professional player, Fritz Wolmarans

Former Davis Cup player Jeff Coetzee

Colombian Davis Cup stars from left, Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal

South African doubles ace Raven Klaasen

Pictures by: BLD Communications.


The launch will co-inside with the hosting by Boland Tennis of their annual Sportsman Warehouse Open, a premier national tennis event.

Colombian Davis Cup stars, Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah ( ranked in the world’s top 12 as a team) will play an exhibition against South African doubles ace Raven Klaasen (world number 20) and former Davis Cup player Jeff Coetzee following the launch which will take place at 17h30 on Sunday at the Boland Tennis headquarters in The Strand outside Cape Town. Another top South African professional player, Fritz Wolmarans will also be in attendance.

Entrance will be for free.

The Tennis SA Long Term Player Development (LTPD) manual, was compiled under the Chairmanship of Prof Istvan Balayi, Canadian Sports for life expert and sponsored by SASCOC.

A delegation of South African tennis coaches, representing all the regions held regular meetings over the past few years (tennis was one of 14 top sports that was identified by SASCOC) to assist compile the manual. The committee added a chapter on injury prevention and role of parents to the long term development program manual and Tennis South Africa (TSA) decided to subsidize the publishing and printing.

The public can download the e-book version on android and apple tablets using the future managers app and buy the manual for R50.

All are welcome to attend the launch and exhibition and the late afternoon start will enable players and parents participating in the Boland tournament as well as their parents and coaches to attend.
The President of TSA Gavin Crookes, President of Boland Tennis and TSA board member, Danie Morkel and TSA manager of High Performance, Leon Freimond will be attending the launch.

“This long awaited launch is fabulous for tennis and sport in South Africa. TSA are strong believers in the LTPD and have played a major part in it becoming a reality. To combine the launch with some top class tennis involving some of the best players locally and internationally is a real tennis bonanza at a very happy time of year” said Dr Morkel.


A TENNIS FEAST SERVED THIS FESTIVE SEASON

Johannesburg, South Africa – Tennis fever has hit the country as tennis players from across South Africa prepare themselves for a wave of national ranking tournaments this festive season.
The annual “coastal swing” of tournaments which co-insides with the year-end school holidays begins with the Boland Sportsman’s Warehouse Open held in Boland from 12 to 16 December.
From 17 to 21 December will be the Slazenger Classic presented by Western Province Tennis in the greater City of Cape Town area. This is Western Province’s premier junior event making it one of the most prestigious junior tennis events in the country.
The “coastal swing” will then break as the players head up North in the new year and from 4 to 8 January 2015 the Gauteng North Dunlop Open will take place across Tshwane.
Nelson Mandela Bay will then host the first of the last two events of the “coastal swing” when the Eastern Province Tennis Championships will be played in Port Elizabeth from 10 to 14 January 2015. The last tournament will be the Border Tennis Open in East London from 15 to 19 January 2015.

These tournaments will have singles and doubles events for boys and girls in the age groups 10 and under, 12 and under, 14 and under, 16 and under as well as for men and women in the open age group.

Gavin Crookes, President of Tennis South Africa said that the timing of the tournament was appropriate as it was being played during the peak holiday period. “It will be great to welcome all the tennis families to the events and let’s hope that the tournaments set the tone for a happy holiday period over this festive season.”

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