Sport

TuksNetball seeks to continue with their winning streak

MARIESA POTGIETER

On 13 May, at Ellis Park Indoor Arena, the Gauteng Jaguars beat the Southern Stings 51-43. The Gauteng Jaguars, which comprises mostly of TuksNetball players, had a great start to the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League, continuing their winning streak from last year. A total of 26 TuksNetball players will be representing four different teams in the Brutal Fruit series. Apart from currently competing in the six week long Brutal Fruit series, TuksNetball are also taking part in the Tshwane Super League.

The Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League is the TuksNetball players’ and coach’s main focus throughout May and June. Perdeby spoke to Head Coach of TuksNetball and of the Gauteng Jaguars, Jenny Van Dyk, to get an insight into the world of TuksNetball.

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Roland Garros 2018

PAUL GRAY

The French Open, otherwise known as Roland Garros, takes place at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris from 27 May to 10 June. This year’s version of the Grand Slam sets up to be a highly contested one, with the return of Serena Williams to Grand Slam tennis after the birth of her child.

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A ‘Brand’ new cricketing star

KEEGAN SULLIVAN

On 27 April, after five days of exhilarating cricket, the Assupol TuksCricket team was crowned the Momentum National Club Champions premier cricketing side as they retained their title of champions for a consecutive year. The UP side cruised to victories over Crusaders, NWU Pukke, Wellington, Yorkshire and Fort Hare on their way to being crowned champions. Although it was a team effort and every member of the squad put in a performance when the team needed them to do so that ultimately lead to success, Neil Brand was undoubtedly the brightest shining star as he earned himself the player of the tournament award.

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TuksRugby women: The road to success with Kemisetso Baloyi

Caitlyn Walsh

Perdeby spoke to TuksWomensRugby seven’s player Kemisetso Baloyi to talk about her experience as a rugby player. Baloyi has been playing rugby for five years and joined TuksRugby in 2016.

Why did you decide to join TuksRugby?

I wanted to be a part of one of the most successful teams in the country, I knew joining the club would [help] [me] grow […] as a player.

What has been your best memory out on the field?

It’s difficult to pick one but it is between winning the Stanislas 7s and the Oktoberfest 7s, and winning bronze at the Dubai 7s.

Rugby is often presumed to be a male’s sport, have you, as a woman, ever experienced social or gender barriers in sport?

The mere fact that some people still get surprised when they learn that there is women’s rugby, is a challenge on its own. I feel that we do not get as much media coverage and opportunities as our male counterparts.

How do you overcome these challenges?

We try as much as we can to promote our team on social media platforms, that way we attract a lot of attention towards the sport.

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TuksBasketball’s Ludwig Gerdes reflects on team’s recent performances

Ntokozo Zondo

TuksBasketball men’s first team participated in the Ashraf tournament from 23-29 April and the Tshwane May Day Tournament on 1 May. TuksBasketball chairperson Ludwig Gerdes, said “We entered both tournaments with intentions of being one of the best basketball sides in the country, playing high quality basketball.”

The Ashraf Tournament saw the team lose their first three games and not qualifying for the knockout stage of the tournament.

However, The Tshwane May Day Tournament provided an opportunity for redemption for the team as they showed up in full force winning three games and earning themselves a spot in the semi-finals. To qualify for the semi-finals, they had achieved a score of 39-20 against the Charioteers, a comfortable win of 49-20 against the 012 and a score of 35-29 against the Soldiers. The team played and lost to Africa Elite in the finals resulting in them earning second place overall in the tournament.

The first team which is captained by Rufaro Warinda, entered both competitions with set objectives for their performance. Gerdes who plays on the first team rotating between small forward and power forward positions, reviewed the team’s performance for both tournaments reflecting that, “We feel the performance at the Ashraf tournament left a lot to be desired, but also that we redeemed ourselves considerably in the Tshwane May Day tournament.” He further emphasized that, “As much as our goals and results did not align in the Ashraf Tournament it served as a learning curve and we made our intentions clear in the second tournament playing the brand of basketball that makes us one of the best teams in the country.”

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