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SA Premier Hockey League launched

THANDO CELE
The Premier Hockey League (PHL) is South African hockey’s newest hockey competition, with a format that’s been created to transform the sport in the country.

From an interest, participation and performance perspective, the PHL will be the first hockey competition to place both men and women on equal footing in terms of coverage and remuneration. It will form a key part of the South African Hockey Association’s (SAHA) high performance pipeline which is aimed at better equipping South Africa’s national men’s and women’s teams for international competition.

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Five minutes with UP-Tuks women’s sevens captain

THANDO CELE AND THORISO PHASHA
The UP women’s sevens team took part in two friendly matches on 3 September at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). A number of new players were given the opportunity to play in the games as the UP athletes hoped to increase the stature and popularity of the sport among women, as part of their preparation for the USSA tournament in Margate on 24 September.

UP are the defending champions of USSA, and it showed as they scored two convincing 68-0 and 52-0 wins against UJ and Wanderers, respectively. These performances served as stepping stones in the right direction as the UP-Tuks women hope to defend their title on Heritage Day. Perdeby caught up with Tuks’ captain Scherren Long and gathered her thoughts, general opinions and perspectives on the weekend and looking forward.

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Returning to Rio: more UP athletes looking to impress.

TAY LETHULOE
The Rio Paralympic games will be underway from 7-18 September. Two of the 45 South African athletes are UP representatives. The star-studded squad will be representing the country in ten different sporting codes, which include archery, athletics, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, power lifting, rowing, swimming, shooting, and tennis.

UP swimmer Emily Gray made the Paralympic squad after a competitive campaign to qualify alongside Shireen Sapiro and Alani Ferreira. The 25-year-old Gray will be competing in the 100 m backstroke. Gray competed in two previous Paralympics and will be relying on her experience to further her advances. The swimmer has been an inspiration to many, with standout performances after an amputation at 12 following a diagnosis of bone cancer.

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UP hosts first round of Flying Fish Beach Volleyball tournament

THORISO PHASHA AND CARLI-ANN FURNO
The two-day first round of the Flying Fish Beach Volleyball tournament kicked off on Friday 27 August on UP’s LC de Villiers campus. UP was unable to make the final in what is the first of eight rounds.

Gershon Rorich, director of Beach Volleyball SA, was pleased with the outcome of the event, saying “Tuks is a great venue. We’ve had two years in a row now at Tuks, and we haven’t been disappointed.”

First place went to the men’s duo Leo Williams and Grant Goldschmidt, who were able to defend their title at the Flying Fish Beach Volleyball Pretoria tournament when they beat Colin Pocock and Casey Augoustides, who came second.

The female team of Lianne Vink and Dieke Hessels were disappointed when they were unable to defend their title, and were overtaken by Martina Bonnerova and Palesa Masinga. UP’s Nicky Wenhold and her partner Margrit Springer made it to the quarter finals.

Perdeby spoke with Wenhold to gain insight into her experience.

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TuksChess host the inaugural Open Rated Tournament

THANDO CELE
TuksChess hosted their first ever Open Rated Tournament since the sports re-establishment in 2010 on the weekend of 19 and 20 August. The tournament was hosted at the Groenkloof Campus Sports Hall and 85 players participated. Participants came from Tshwane, Johannesburg and Potchefstroom.

The winners of Section C were mainly TuksChess Junior players with Kayleigh Weideman taking first place, followed by Keanan Fouries and Yoshua Smit. The Section B winners were Gerhardus Bekker, David Lubbe and Daniel Wohlfarht. The winners of Section A were Daniel Jere, Roland Bezuidenhout and Johannes Mabusela, while Jacqui Grobbelaar was awarded the prize for Best Lady.

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