Category Archives: Sports

TENNIS: MAIDEN WINS FOR SA JUNIORS AT POTCHEFSTROOM INTERNATIONAL

Potchefstroom, South Africa – Two up and coming junior South African tennis stars scored maiden tournament wins in the ITF NWU-PUKKE 1 on finals day in Potchefstroom on Saturday. Christiaan Worst of Pretoria and Myah Petchey of Cape Town were first time winners on the international junior circuit when they won the boys and girls singles titles respectively. Worst, aged 16 and a pupil at Afrikaans Hoer Seunskool in Pretoria beat 10th seed Richardt Bierman also of South Africa 6-0 7-6 (5) in his final.…

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SOUTH AFRICAN WORLD TENNIS RANKINGS

Men Singles Previous Current 74 74 Kevin Anderson 285 294 Lloyd Harris 514 516 Nik Scholtz 639 635 Tucker Vorster 1441 1443 Damon Gooch 1,487 1,489 Joshua Howard-Tripp 1,487 1,489 Bertus Kruger 1,507 1,510 Timothy Dollman 1,539 1,544 Johannes Myburgh 1,654 1,657 Taine Bernhard 1,654 1,657 Philip Henning 1,654 1,657 Sipho Montsi 1,654 1,657 Ruan Roelofse 1,771 1,772 Ruben Alberts Men Doubles Previous Current 13 13 Raven Klaasen 177 175 Ruan Roelofse 214 244 Dean O’Brien 272 270 Tucker Vorster 341 337 Nik Scholtz 795…

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TOP INTERNATIONAL TENNIS EVENT FOR SOUTH AFRICA

Pretoria, South Africa – Tennis South Africa (TSA) confirmed on Wednesday that the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has awarded South Africa the rights to host the 2017 Young Seniors World Team and Individual Championships. The tournament will be hosted in the city of Cape Town from 19 March – 1 April. The ITF Young Seniors World Team Championships is the highest ranked event on the ITF Seniors Circuit for male and female players in the age categories of 35-45. The tournament took place for the…

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Former First Lady, Zanele Mbeki recognises Wayne Ferreira when she was introduced to the South African team after the reverse singles of the Davis Cup tie between South Africa and Estonia at the Irene Country Club on February 05 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa.

BITTERSWEET END FOR SOUTH AFRICA IN DAVIS CUP

Pretoria, South Africa – The KIA South African Davis Cup team had a bittersweet end to their Davis Cup tie against Estonia at the Irene Country Club in Pretoria on Sunday. In a dead rubber final days play, South Africa won and lost a reverse singles giving them an overall 4-1 victory over Estonia in their Euro/Africa Group 2 first round tie. Raven Klaasen and Ruan Roelofse won the tie for the hosts on Saturday by clinching the doubles rubber in four sets. On Friday…

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All-rounder SA Engelbrecht calls time on first-class career

Arguably one of the five greatest fielders in South African cricket over the past ten years and one of the most underrated middle-order domestic batsmen, SA Engelbrecht, has announced his retirement from first-class cricket. The 28-year old athlete, a graduate in financial management as well as in advanced project management, will join a financial consultancy, Fairtree Capital, as an asset manager in January 2017. His match for Western Province against North West this weekend will be his last at his beloved PPC Newlands. Engelbrecht gave…

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Resurgent Buildnat Cape Cobras on the charge, but must rectify death bowling, says Vilas

The Buildnat Cape Cobras can continue their resurgence against the VKB Knights at PPC Newlands on Wednesday if they rectify their death bowling which went awry against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins on Sunday, said Dane Vilas, one of the batting heroes of the emphatic seven-wicket CSA T20 Challenge victory in Durban. Vilas said the fielding by the Cobras against the Dolphins was incredibly good, and the batting was as good. The Buildnat Cape Cobras had to produce a record chase to eclipse the 178 for five…

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Duminy, crowd support at Newlands, Boland Park, can boost Buildnat Cape Cobras, says Adams

“The home support and the fact that we have JP Duminy back in our squad are crucial factors if we are to claim a semi-final play-off spot,” said Paul Adams, head coach of the Buildnat Cape Cobras. “It is a big week for us and we need to achieve a hat-trick of wins. So our fans will be important,” Adams added. The Buildnat Cape Cobras will meet the VKB Knights at PPC Newlands on Wednesday 7th December (starting at 18:00) and the bizhub Highveld Lions…

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SA’s Unsung Superwoman of Wheelchair Tennis Recognized

Tuesday, 06 December 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa. – Wheelchair Tennis South Africa commends the federation’s General Manager, Karen Losch who was hugely honoured in Managung when crowned the Administrator of the year at the 11th SA Sports Awards Ceremony held on Sunday, 27 November at the Sand du Plessis Theatre in Bloemfontein. This prestigious award recognizes the major contribution that Losch has made to the long-term success of the association; in which she has played a vital role. Unknown to many, but Losch has been…

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Prince hails clinical performance by Buildnat Cape Cobras

The Buildnat Cape Cobras produced arguably their finest CSA T20 Challenge display with the bat during the entire competition to sweep aside the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in emphatic fashion while keeping their hopes alive to reach the semi-final play-off. One twist of irony in their 181 for three in 18.4 overs to eclipse the 178 for five scored by the hosts in Durban, was that the Buildnat Cape Cobras had to reach 178 for five in the semi-final play-off against the exact same opponents last season,…

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Stars pay tribute to Hlatswayo on International Disability Day

Wheelchair tennis stars have paid tribute to former junior world number 2 Thando Hlatswayo on International Disability Day following her death at the age of 20. Hlatswayo passed away in the early hours of Tuesday just a few days after she suffered from Meningitis. Two-time Grand Slam Champion Lucas Sithole who was very close to Hlatswayo echoed the sentiment of many on his Facebook: “So so sad and shocked to hear of Thando Hlatswayo’s death. Can’t believe it and only 20. Thinking of her family,…

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Buildnat Cape Cobras visit to Red Cross Children’s Hospital a gift to players, says Adams

The Buildnat Cape Cobras, in conjunction with Woolworths Long Beach and their Parklands stores, visited the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital on Friday 2nd December. The visit of one of the leading domestic franchises, one that virtually reigned supreme and unchallenged from 2012 to the end of 2014, was aimed at inspiring patients and parents and offering them opportunities to mingle with the players and also to meet some decorated stars who have worn the internationally acclaimed Protea-badge. The children will also receive goodie…

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Wheelchair Tennis Star Dies of Meningitis Age 20

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, Paulpietersburg, Kwazulu-Natal. – Thando Hlatshwayo, South African former world number 2 junior, has passed away at the age of 20. Hlatswayo, who hails from Paulpietersburg in Kwazulu-Natal, lost her battle against Meningitis early Tuesday morning after a very short illness, her family confirmed. Hlatswayo took up wheelchair tennis in 2009, played her first tournament in April 2010 in East London and just 2 years in the sport she represented the country in the ITF Junior Camp Mechelen in Belgium. The 20-year-old…

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T20 Challenge: VKB Knights vs. Warriors 30 November 2016

The VKB Knights squad selected for the T20 Challenge match against the Warriors at St Georges Park Cricket Stadium, Port Elizabeth: Tumelo Bodibe (W/k) Patrick Botha Theunis De Bruyn (Captain) Marchant De Lange Andries Gous Patrick Kruger Duanne Olivier Leus Du Plooy Lotli Sesele Aubrey Swanepoel Shadley van Schalkwyk Lwandiswa Zuma Team will be finalized before start of play. Management: Head Coach – Nicky Boje Assistant Coach – Alan Kruger Physiotherapist – Dieketseng Moloi Fitness Trainer – Morne Castelyn

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MONTJANE ENDS YEAR IN STYLE

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, Prague, Czech Republic. – South African leading women’s wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane put the finishing touch to the magnificent season by edging out her doubles partner Charlotte Famin from France 7-5 6-3 to win her first Prague Cup singles title, an International Tennis Federation (ITF) level 2 event which ended in Czech Republic on Sunday. Montjane demonstrated the talent and resilience that had seen her without dropping a set in the tournament and making it a double in Prague. The…

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Lucas Sithole Withdraws from Wheelchair Tennis Masters

Monday, 28 November 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa. – Wheelchair Tennis South Africa announced on Monday that the two-time Grand Slam Champion Lucas Sithole has withdrawn from the season ending NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in London, Great Britain. The tournament, due to take place from November 30 until December 4, will be staged at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the third year in a row. He was due to be the second seed in the six-player tournament behind American…

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Cape Cobras can soar to new heights thanks to Pollard, Kleinveldt, but need favours, says Levi

The weather gods have not been too kind to the Buildnat Cape Cobras, although it would be a shameful remark to call the rain an intruder, as it is sorely needed in South Africa to end an alarming drought. Yet, despite the two stalemates in their last two games due to rain, the Cape Cobras produced one of the finest domestic batting performances in the CSA T20 Challenge competition against the defending champions, the Multiply Titans, on Friday. The match ended in a draw with…

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Youngest ever centurion in maiden ODI’s to represent Pakistan at Newlands

A star-studded Pakistan Veterans team, featuring six players who formerly represented their country, and a Western Province veteran’ team, will clash at the iconic PPC Newlands on Thursday (24th November) from 11h00 in a 30-over match. Arguably the best known amongst the tourists is Saleem Elahi, who scored a century on debut in a One Day International at the tender age of 18, the youngest ever in the world to achieve that feat in his maiden ODI. Mahmood Khan, manager of the team who is…

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Sunfoil Provincial 3-Day/CSA Provincial One Day Competition: Boland vs. Free State

Sunfoil Provincial 3-Day/CSA Provincial One Day Competition: Boland vs. Free State: 24-27 October 2016 The Free State squad selected for the Sunfoil Provincial 3-Day and CSA Provincial One Day Competitions against Boland at Boland Park, Paarl: Driaan Bruwer Leus du Plooy Jonathan Draai Dillon du Preez Michael Erlank Kalipa Cele Sammy Mofokeng Luthando Myanda Tshepo Nthuli Rudi Second (W/k) Dylan Stanley Pite van Biljon (Captain) Gino Vries Team will be finalized before start of play. Management: Head Coach – Edward Mokoenanyana

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Buildnat Cape Cobras release Piedt on loan to Multiply Titans

The decision by the Buildnat Cape Cobras to release their international off-spinner Dane Piedt on loan to the Multiply Titans for the remainder of the T20 Challenge tournament was motivated by their commitment to selflessly serve the national game, said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Cobras. The Buildnat Cape Cobras on Monday agreed to release Piedt after the Western Cape-franchise received a request from the Titans. Piedt, one of South Africa’s premier spinners who represented the Proteas in the test series against England…

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Cobras can still emerge victorious from congested T20 Challenge mid-table, says Linde

The performance by the spinners George Linde and Nkululeko Serame as well as the fast bowlers Rory Kleinveldt and Dane Paterson have been a source of inspiration for the Buildnat Cape Cobras which propelled them to their maiden T20 Challenge win against the Warriors on Friday at PPC Newlands. And despite the heart-breaking three run loss on Sunday (according to the Duckworth/Lewis method of recalculation) against the bizhub Highveld Lions, Linde is not deflated.  “The Buildnat Cape Cobras can still win this competition. There are…

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Buildnat Cape Cobras squad vs Warriors, T20 Challenge

The Buildnat Cape Cobras squad for their T20 Challenge match against the Warriors at PPC Newlands on Friday 18th November 2016 Justin Ontong (Captain) Beuran Hendricks Rory Kleinveldt Richard Levi George Linde Aviwe Mgijima Tshepo Moreki Wayne Parnell Dane Paterson Keegan Petersen (W/Keeper) Kieron Pollard Nkululeko Serame Jason Ssmith Cebo Tshiki

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Ontong said costly errors in final five overs at heart of loss by much improved Cape Cobras

A new vibrancy was present in the rejuvenated Buildnat Cape Cobras team, but they scored 20 to 30 runs too little and left too many dot balls unpunished. They also conceded too many extras, said Justin Ontong, the skipper. He commented on the disappointing six-wicket loss to the Multiply Titans at Boland Park in Paarl on Wednesday in the T20 Challenge competition. The Buildnat Cape Cobras, on 93 for two after 13.5 overs, managed 141 for six. The Multiply Titans, on 90 for four after…

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Day 2 Results of the Digicall Futures 3

Day 2 results of the Digicall Futures 3 international tennis tournament being played at the University Of Stellenbosch, South Africa. All players South African unless otherwise stated. Round 1 Singles Men 1-Jordi Samper-Montana (ESP) bt Joshua Luck 6-1 6-4 Philip Henning bt Tyler Hochwalt (USA) 7-6(4) 6-2 6- Christoph Negritu (GER) bt Curtis Clarke (GBR) 6-1 6-1 Jay Clarke (GBR) bt Alexander Merino (PER) 6-1 6-4 Nicholas Bybel (USA) Lance-Pierre Du Toit 6-1 2-6 6-2 Frederik Press (GER) bt Calum Puttergill (AUS) 6-3 6-4 2-Lloyd…

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