Sport Update

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Athletics

TuksAthletics 400m hurdles athlete, LJ van Zyl, won the bronze medal with a time of 49.69 seconds at the Memorial Borisa Hanzekovica meeting in Zagreb, Croatia. Kyron McMaster, from the British Virgin Islands, came in second place with a time of 49.49 seconds. Abderrahaman Sambaof, from Qatar, clocked 48.70 seconds, and came in first place.

van Zyl expressed enthusiasm about his win, telling the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) that he was happy with his performance as his win was a “nice solid third place”.

 With the track and field season coming to a close, seven South African athletes have been placed in the top 10 world rankings in their disciplines. Long jumper, Luvo Manyonga, is in first place with a distance of 8.65m. For the men’s 100m, Akani Simbine placed fourth in his discipline with a time of 9.92 seconds and fifth for the men’s 200m with a time of 19.95. seconds. Thando Roto ranks ninth in the men’s 100m with a time of 9.95 seconds.

 

Hockey

Curlitzia’s hockey team beat Onderstepoort (OP) with a 2-1 victory. Taaibos followed suit, with a 4-2 victory over Boekenhout. This made both residences the Tuks Internal Hockey League champions for 2017.

Describing the finals as “nail biting”, Nadine Meiring, team captain of Curlitzia, said the team won off a short corner at the end. Meiring added that the “determination, sisterhood and good sportsmanship” from her team stood out for her the most.

Taaibos has played Boekenhout in the hockey finals for the past three leagues. Taaibos team coach, Dylan De Gouveia, described it as a “tough encounter” as the game ended in a 3-3 draw, resulting in shootouts, where Taaibos snatched the victory.

Having won three consecutive championships prior to this win, De Gouveia attributes the need to preserve their hockey legacy as a contributing factor to the team’s “hunger and willingness” to win, saying “[We] did not want to let the house down and [damage] the good reputation we have built over the years”.

 

Netball

TuksNetball got off to a mixed start to the 2017 Varsity Netball competition. They had a convincing 53-43 opening victory against Kovsies in Bloemfontein on 27 August. A day later, the team lost their second-round match 40-34 to a strong Pukke team. When asked about the loss, Head Coach Jenny van Dyk admitted that the women had “made too many unforced errors and struggled to find connections in the shooting circle. [These are] fixable mistakes for sure”. In their game against Madibaz Netball, on 4 September, TuksNetball had a 45-24 victory.

Tuks will be looking for a similar performance as last season, where they made it to the final against Pukke. According to van Dyk, the team focused on the type of netball they would like to play this season and have shifted their mind-set. “While we always play to win, winning isn’t the way we measure our success. The goal is to play netball of a very high standard with excellent, well refined skills and a solid game plan and tactics”, she said

 

 

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