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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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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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TuksVolleyball: hungry for more titles

Marren Mckay

TuksVolleyball’s women’s team recently competed in the Champion Cup Indoor Tournament at the University of Witswatersrand (Wits) and finished with a silver medal.

The final was a tight affair, showing ample effort from both UWC and UP’s volleyball teams. The match ended with a score of 15-13. In their pool games, UP beat TUT by 3-2 and Kamplits by 3-0. They later beat Uni Jozi in the quarter finals with 3-0, and Superkids with 3-0 in the semi-finals. UP’s Natasha Webster received an award as best setter, and Dina Kladis was appointed assistant coach for the South African women’s under-20s.

Kladis, who coached the team, said that she was satisfied with the final result and that they are on an “upward trend as far as indoor volleyball is concerned”.

By finishing with a silver medal, TuksVolleyball qualifies for the Classic Tournament which will be held in Durban in September and with R100 000 prize money up for offer, the stakes are high. Not only is TuksVolleyball working towards the Classic Tournament, but they also have their eyes set on winning the Zone 6 Tournament in December.

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UP women’s hockey team prepares for an unforgettable season

Ashley Magwindiri

The hockey season is upon us, and many are looking forward to a thrilling season. Perdeby recently spoke to TuksHockey coach Inky Zondi about the upcoming season.

 

What moment last season were you most proud of your team?
We had a good first weekend in the competi­tion last year and the second weekend, we focused on securing a place in the semi-finals which we achieved. What many people do not know is that we had an abundance of logistical challenges on the actual day of the semi-finals (we arrived at the field with less than half the regular warm up time to go). We did, however, get on with it and won the semi-finals against Wits, which was a very tough encounter. My pride in the team could not have been higher in that moment.

 

What qualities make a person a good hockey player?
The willingness to give themselves into the team, environment and prioritising the good of the team above all else.

 

As a coach, how do you keep on motivating players and getting them to buy into their role on the team?
It is important to constantly communicate with all individuals, be crystal clear and honest about their role and value they can add to the team. This way they will know what they are commit­ting themselves to.

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TuksSwimming Success: women strike gold

Caitlyn Walsh

Women have come a long way in sport. In terms of equality and gaining recognition, they have been successful. Considering recent sporting events, it can be said that TuksSwimming women are also dominating the swimming pool and gaining recognition for their achievements.

In the recent Commonwealth Games that were held in the Gold Coast, TuksSwimmer, Tatjana Schoenmaker, achieved great victory. Schoenmaker won two gold medals in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke events within an African record time of 2.22.02. According to Sport24, Schoenmaker did not expect to “clock such a good time”. She won South Africa’s fourth gold medal. Schoenmaker’s coach is club manager of the TuksSwimming team, Rocco Meiring.

Another accomplished TuksSwimmer is Christin Mundell. Mundell took part in the South African Senior Swimming Championships which was held in Port Elizabeth. The championships were held at the end of April. 16-year-old Mundell came second in the 100m and 200m breaststroke winning her two silver medals. She also placed third in the 50m breaststroke earning her a bronze medal, and she placed first in the 200m individual medley. Due to her her success, Mundell qualified for three events in the Youth Olympic games. Mundell also accomplished victory at the South African Age Group Championships by winning six gold medals in the 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, 200m freestyle and the 400m freestyle. She has now qualified in all 6 events for the upcoming Youth Games. Mundell started swimming competitively at the early age of ten. When she turned twelve, she moved to the TuksSwimming team where she has been trained by the coach, Rocco Meiring.

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