National Sport

Brutal Fruit Premier primer


The third edition of the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League began on 8 April. This season will see ten national teams competing against one another over an eight week period (a change from the previous two-tier group stage) with Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban hosting. The league has been improving and has been credited with developing players who have the potential to represent their country and compete internationally. The league is currently one of the spotlight fixtures of women’s sport and is one of the few women’s leagues to be televised.

This season will prove to be crucial to players who hope to earn their place in the national team, as international tours such as those against Wales and Jamaica are being announced. Teams have been presented with the opportunity to consult with the national team coach, Norma Plummer, during the league. World Netball Federation president Molly Rhone will also be attending some of the matches during the tournament.

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SA sevens shine internationally

The SA Select women’s sevens rugby team became the first South African team in history to win the Hong Kong Sevens by beating France 14-7 in the final that took place on Friday 8 April. A team of twelve was sent to Hong Kong to compete, with six of these from UP-Tuks. UP student Nadine Roos had the crowd on their feet and led the team to victory after side stepping her opponent and passing to fellow UP student Marithy Pienaar, who collected and raced in from 40 metres out.

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Five-minutes with the physio Lihane Weyers

Perdeby sat down with the South African deaf cricket team physiotherapist and medic Lihane Weyers.
Currently studying at UP to become a registered physiotherapist, Weyers has completed many internationally accredited sport massage courses that have equipped her with everything she needs to help sport teams, such as the South African deaf cricket team.


How did you get involved in deaf cricket?

I was very involved in Northerns deaf cricket and then they pulled me up to a convention where I learned more.

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Akani Simbine: South African Olympic hopeful

UP speedster Akani Simbine has broken the 100 m ten-second barrier for the third time in his career, running 9.96 s at the ASA Nite Series meeting in Pretoria on Tuesday 8 March. Having previously shared the South African record of 9.97 s with sprinting rival Henricho Bruintjies, Simbine will be pleased to claim the title as the country’s fastest 100 m sprinter for himself. With a personal best time that will certainly boost Olympic hopes, Simbine has been deemed the fastest 100 m athlete in the world so far this year.

Athletes in the 100 m sprint aspire to dipping below what many call the “magical ten-second barrier” at some point in their professional career. Once an athlete has achieved such an honour, they will find themselves ranked within an elite group of sprinters in the world. This dream first unfolded for Simbine last year when he ran 9.99 s at a meeting in Slovenia. He was soon overtaken by Bruintjies, who set a new South African record by shaving 0.02 s off of Simbine’s time. Simbine then equalled his competitor’s time at the World Student Games later that year in Gwangju, South Korea.

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Catching up with the captain Colin Venter


Besides being the captain, what is your position in this team?
I am player number five and I play as the opening bowler.


How long have you been a part of this team?
For about five years now.

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