15 May 2019
TROPHY MAGIC SFC being crowned champions a week ago. Photo: PSL Media Relations
Stellenbosch Football Club hits the spot S DOMINIQUE FUCHS
tellenbosch Football Club (SFC) is making waves as the first Stellenbosch based football team to earn a place in the Absa Premiership or Premier Soccer League (PSL), the highest division of the South African football league system. After the team secured the top spot in the National First Division Championship in the 2018/2019 season, they were automatically promoted to the PSL for the 2019/2020 season. The club was established in 2016, and the Coetzenburg Stadium is their home turf. Tony Zwane, who plays fullback for the team, said that he was over
the moon when the team got promoted to the PSL. “It took a lot of sacrifice, unity, honesty, hard work, believing in our process and trusting God to lead the way.” The team stayed on top of the league table for 23 weeks before securing promotion in a 0-0 draw against Johannesburg based Maccabi FC in the final game of the National First Division Championship. Coach Steven Barker says that the team wants to play in the big stadiums against the best players, and now that they have achieved their goal they can do just that. Captain Jarrod Moroole said the promotion is a big moment for the team.
“This team did a great job, and we are just grateful for everyone involved in the club, but also for the fans. We did this together as a family,” he said. The club was purchased by the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (SAS) in 2018. Rob Benadie, the CEO of SAS, said that their main objective was to help young football players to pursue soccer after school, and to create a local team of which the community can be proud. SFC did not expect to be promoted in the first season under the new owners. The club aims to give back to the community through social upliftment, and to inspire young football players in the Winelands area.
SU’s Victorians withdraw from competition KESIA ABRAHAMS
AT the beginning of the month Stellenbosch Rugby Football Club (SRFC) released a press statement stating that the club was withdrawing their Victorians rugby team from the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) Competition. According to the statement, the decision to withdraw the team from the competition was made by the Executive Committee of the SRFC after close examination of information that was supplied by surveys and consultations with the numerous stakeholders and players. For the past few years, the Victorians have taken part in the Super League A of the WPRFU alongside Maties. Quintin van Rooyen, Senior Sport Manager of Maties Rugby, said “the players understand the challenges and accept that we need to make the changes to face the new environment and excel on and off the field”. According to the press release, the decision to withdraw the Victorians was a result of the players struggling to balance their aca-
demic demands and participation in the WPRFU league. It became evident to the club that over recent years, the players were increasingly requiring additional time for reading, assignments, practical work and studying. Van Rooyen said “the class and test times are different the last couple of years where students are writing tests during the week and sometimes on weekends during practice and match times.” In addition to this, from the surveys completed by the students themselves, it became evident to the club that the players favoured other interests in comparison to taking part in the WPRU league. Furthermore, the Victorian’s experienced a cancellation of one of their previous sponsors, and, in general, the club is struggling to obtain financial support for the teams. Van Rooyen said that the club as a whole is struggling financially. After careful review, it became evident that it was best to withdraw the teams from the league rather than to continue.
MATIES Hockey Men's captain, Alex Stewart (above), was selected for the SA Hockey Men’s squad that will be in action in June in India to qualify for the Olympics. Photo: Maties High Performance
Krieketwêreldbeker: wie gaan die Protea-vuur laat brand? Met die ICC-krieketwêreldbeker wat om die draai is, het Die Matie se sportredakteur Anke van der Merwe dit goed gedink om haar voorspellings te maak oor wie van die Proteas in die openingswedstryd gaan speel. Die Proteas gaan te staan kom teen die gashere Engeland en speel op 30 Mei by die Oval in Londen. Foto’s: Krieket Suid-Afrika
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Koshuise dien hulself tot bo-aan punteleer ALLISON WILLSON
DAAR het reeds groot kompetisie ontstaan tussen die Universiteit Stellenbosch (US) se onderskeie PSO en koshuis tafeltennis-spanne vir hierdie jaar se seisoen. Buiteperde soos die Aristea-span het die seisoen afgeskop in die tweede laaste plek en het tans tot tweede op die punteleer gestyg – alles deur toewyding en harde werk. Carli Benade, ’n Aristea-mentor en tafeltennis-verteenwoordiger, het haar opwinding vir die res van die
seisoen uitgespreek. Sy sê dat elke span tot die sport verbind is en dat almal tot dusver baie goeie sportmanskap toon. Die seisoen is tans halfpad verby met Nerina in die eerste plek in die Vroue A-Liga en Dagbreek eerste in die Mans A-Liga. Omdat die kompetisie juis hierdie jaar so straf is, is die stryd vir die tweede en derde plekke nek aan nek. Die uitslae vir die eerste plek in elke liga is soos volg: Erica (Vrouens B-liga), Dagbreek (Mans B-liga), Majuba (Mans C-liga) en
Huis Marais (Mans D-liga). Spanne reken elke week in tawwe wedstryde met mekaar af, met die laaste wedstryd vir hierdie kwartaal wat op 13 Mei plaasvind. Na die vakansie hervat die seisoen weer op 22 Julie. Vir enige Maties wat daaraan dink om saam te speel, is die geleentheid vir ’n laat toetrede ongelukkig reeds verby, maar die einde van die seisoen is so te sê in sig. Met voorbereiding, goeie sportmanskap en ‘n houding vir sukses, sal die strawwe kompetisie vir ‘n baie vermaaklike 2020 sorg.
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