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Vodacom Wheelchair basketball challenge schedule

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Friday 13 November 2015 schedule

14:15 – Doors Open

14:17 – Bulls Babes Opening Dance

14:22 – Vodacom Staff Exhibition Game TBC (7 mins)

14:30 – Game 1: North West (1) will play Eastern Cape (3) 1st half

15:15 – Bulls Babes Dance

15:25 – Game 1: North West (1) will play Eastern Cape (3) 2nd half

16:10 – Bulls Babes Shoot a Hoop and win a phone – pick a spectator to shoot from the stand

16:15 – Game 2: Kwa-Zulu Natal (2) will play Gauteng (4) 1st half

17:00- Bulls Babes Dance

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11:50 – Doors Open

12:00 – Bulletjie and Bulls Babes entertain the crowds

12:05 – Bronze game begins (No Broadcast)

12:50 – Bulls Babes entertainment during half time

13:45 – Bronze Game Ends

13:50 – Celebs introduction onto the court and warm up

14:00 – Celeb Exhibition Game 1st half (7mins)

14:07 – Bulls Babes Shoot a Hoop and win a phone – pick a spectator to shoot from the stand

14:12 – Celeb Exhibition Game 2nd half (7mins)

14:20 – Bulletjie and Bulls Babes entertain the crowds

14:25 – Teams warm up for the Final

LIVE TV Broadcast

14:45 – Celebs hand over Development Wheelchairs to the SA National Wheelchair Basketball Team

14:50 – SA Anthem

14:55 – Gold Game Final Begins

15:35 – Bulls Babes entertainment during half time

16:30 – Gold Game Final Ends

16:30 – Vodacom Speech / Man of the Match / Trophy Handover

17:00 – Event Ends LIVE TV BROADCAST ENDS

Media wishing to attend the Vodacom Wheelchair Basketball Final and the celebrity Exhibition Match, please RSVP to Shelly@openfield.co.za

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Vodacom Bulls swop boots for wheels

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11 NOVEMBER 2015 – Vodacom Bulls players will swop the green grass of Loftus Versfeld for the court and trade their boots for a set of wheels for the Vodacom Wheelchair Basketball Challenge Celebrity Exhibition match at Vodacom World in Midrand on Saturday.
The Light Blues have selected a strong contingent that includes towering locks Marvin Orie and Irne Herbst, while the fleet-footed Jamba Ulengo and Travis Ismaiel will provide some much-needed skills.
Orie and Ulengo have been revelations this season and will be looking to emulate the vigour they displayed in a young and exciting Bulls side.
Like rugby wheelchair basketball suits players of all shapes and sizes from the tall Orie to the slightly shorter Labuschagne, whose breakdown skills should come in handy during the match.
The players will get to experience the rough and tumble sport first-hand and will be competing against Springbok players Trevor Nyakane and Adriaan Strauss.
SuperSport pundit Xola Ntshinga and Bafana Bafana legend Marks Maponyane will also have an opportunity to show off their skills on the court.
Spectators will be entertained by Vodacom Bulls mascot Bulletjie and the Vodacom Bulls Babes ahead of the action-packed day of basketball.
The Celebrity Exhibition match will be the curtain-raiser for the Vodacom Wheelchair Basketball Challenge Final.
On Friday North-West Province will take on the Eastern Cape while Kwa-Zulu Natal will play against Gauteng for a spot in the final.
The respective winners will face each other in Saturday’s Vodacom Wheelchair Basketball Challenge final which comes with R100 000 in prize money.
Wheelchair basketball is not for the faint at heart, as the players play with reckless abandon and the ball is shifted from goal to goal within seconds.
Although the players are in wheelchairs, the rules do not change much from the conventional game.
The sport is played on the same size court and basket height and players display some fantastic skill when taking shots.
A team has 24 seconds from taking possession of the ball to complete its attempt on the basket and players are required to throw or dribble the ball after two pushes of the wheel.
Friday’s matches will start from 14:45 at Vodacom World with the Celebrity Exhibition match taking place at 14:00 on Saturday ahead of the main match.
Vodacom is proud to be a sponsor of wheelchair basketball for the past 15 years.
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NOTE TO MEDIA:
Media wishing to attend the Vodacom Wheelchair Basketball Final and the celebrity Exhibition Match, please RSVP to Shelly@openfield.co.za

Media queries: Shelly Samuel
Shelly@openfield.co.za

 

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Nortje up for the Challenge

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10 NOVEMBER 2015 – Three-time Paralympian Richard Nortje, one of South African wheelchair basketball’s favourite sons have returned and will be in action at the 2015

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Vodacom Wheelchair Basketball Challenge at    Vodacom World in Midrand on Saturday.

After a hiatus of two years from the sport, Nortje has been lured back to the national side, the Amawheelaboys to give the side an extra edge.

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Nortje featured prominently for the Gauteng Province team that won the Vodacom Wheelchair National Championships title in Potchefstroom in September.

The team will be looking to add more silverware in 2015 as they vie for the Vodacom Wheelchair Basketball Challenge crown.

“My shoulders were tired after 12 years of playing non-stop but I am hungry to play again and it is great to be back,” Nortje said.

Nortje’s team will battle it out with North West, Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal over the weekend with the winner going away with a cool R100 000 in prize money.

The 34-year-old Nortje may not be a spring chicken anymore but what he lacks in youthful vigour he makes up for in experience.

Nortje also points out that although wheelchair basketball is physically demanding it also requires a wide skillset to be competitive.

“It is a very technical sport and it is not always about being fast, strong and fit but you have to know when to be where and knowing what to do when you are there,” Nortje said.

Playing professional wheelchair basketball since 2001, Nortje has travelled the world and experienced different cultures thanks to the sport.

Nortje started his professional career in Barcelona but has played in different teams in Italy and Spain over the years and is fluent in both languages.

For years Nortje has been the go-to-guy in the national team but his two-year absence forced Amawheelaboys coach Franck Belen to improve the general skills level in basketball in the country.

“In the past the team (Amawheelaboys) centred on me and when I had a bad day or would suffer an injury the wheels of the bus would come off,” Nortje said.

“Because he could not select me, Franck had to teach the team to play without me, so now it is also easier on me with everybody playing their part.”

Nortje said he had for a long time held the view that basketball in the country was stuck in a rut, but has seen positive signs of improvement since his return.

“The standard of wheelchair basketball in South Africa is finally improving and for years I thought it was stagnating,” Nortje said.

“In the past the younger players would not be taught the right techniques but Franck has worked hard to improve the situation and it has over the last three years.”

Wheelchair basketball is not for the faint at heart, as the players play with reckless abandon and the ball is shifted from goal to goal within seconds.

Although the players are in wheelchairs, the rules do not change much from the conventional game.

The sport is played on the same size court and basket height and players display some fantastic skill when taking shots.

A team has 24 seconds from taking possession of the ball to complete its attempt on the basket and players are required to throw or dribble the ball after two pushes of the wheel.

The grand final of the 2015 Vodacom Wheelchair Basketball Challenge will be preceded by a celebrity Exhibition Game on Saturday. With Springboks Trevor Nyakane and Adriaan Strauss taking part, along with soccer legend Marks Maponyane.

The celebrity Exhibition Game will take place at 14:00 ahead of the main match.

Vodacom is proud to be a sponsor of wheelchair basketball for the past 15 years.

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Vodacom – Power to Possibilities.

 

NOTE TO MEDIA:

Media wishing to attend the Vodacom Wheelchair Basketball Final and the celebrity Exhibition Match, please RSVP to Shelly@openfield.co.za

 

Media queries: Shelly Samuel

Shelly@openfield.co.za

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Rugby and soccer stars up for wheelchair challenge

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9 NOVEMBER 2015 – The 2015 Vodacom Wheelchair Basketball Challenge will again see a star-studded team of celebrities take on the Vodacom BLUE BULLS players in an Exhibition Game ahead of the grand finale at Vodacom World in Midrand on Saturday 14 November.

Vodacom Bulls players will show their support on the day with four players who will get to experience the rough and tumble sport first-hand.

Springbok players Trevor Nyakane and Adriaan Strauss will also attend the wheelchair basketball festivities and join the action in a wheelchair.

SuperSport pundit Xola Ntshinga and Bafana Bafana legend Marks Maponyane will also have an opportunity to show off their skills on the court.

Spectators will be entertained by Vodacom Bulls mascot Bulletjie and the Vodacom Bulls Babes ahead of the action-packed day of basketball.

A new Vodacom Wheelchair Basketball Challenge champion will be crowned when  North West, Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal take each other on for the bragging rights and R100 000 prize money.

The four teams will battle it out on Friday to make it into Saturday’s final with the two losing teams playing in the curtain-raiser for the bronze medal.

Some of the country’s top wheelchair basketball talent will show off their skills with the likes of Amawheelaboys legend Richard Nortje featuring for the Gauteng team.

Wheelchair basketball is not for the faint at heart, as the players play with reckless abandon and the ball is shifted from goal to goal within seconds.

Although the players are in wheelchairs, the rules do not change much from the conventional game.

The sport is played on the same size court and basket height and players display some fantastic skill when taking shots.

A team has 24 seconds from taking possession of the ball to complete its attempt on the basket and players are required to throw or dribble the ball after two pushes of the wheel.

Saturday’s matches will start from 14:45 at Vodacom World with the celebrity Exhibition Game taking place at 14:00 ahead of the main match.

Vodacom is proud to be a sponsor of wheelchair basketball for the past 15 years.

 

“Vodacom – Power to Possibilities” 

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Sasol Amawheelagirls outplayed by Algeria in African Qualifiers Final

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Qualification for the 2016 Rio Paralympics was one match too far away for the Sasol-sponsored South African Senior Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, who went down 60-47 to Algeria in the showpiece final of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation’s Africa Qualifiers, in Algiers, Algeria on Saturday, 7 November 2015.

Playing in front of a large, chanting crowd at the Nadi Basketball Stadium, the Sasol Amawheelagirls showed commitment to fight their way back from a first quarter deficit of 19-7, to have a chance of victory with the score at 29-25 down at half-time.

While Misqah Kamaldien and Kelebogile Moeng were again key players in most of the Sasol Amawheelagirls defence-turned-to-attack movements, the third quarter Algerian onslaught which totalled 18 points to the12 of the South Africans, made the final quarter task to be the toughest challenge for the visiting team.

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Sasol Amawheelaboys head coach Franck Belen, who assisted the regular national women’s team head coach Willie Mulder, must receive credit for offering his time and expertise, which played an important role in getting the national women’s team to the final.

His defensive patterns, actioned by the players, proved to be a major headache for the Algerians, but the speed of the Algerians coupled with their accurate shooting, proved to be the downfall of the Sasol Amawheelagirls.

“I must commend the Sasol Amawheelagirls on making the final in their first appearance at the African Qualifiers,” said Belen afterwards.

“Playing Algeria in Algeria is quite different from playing matches in South Africa, and the experience that they obtained this week will help them as a team. Like the men’s side, they need to play as many international matches as possible to gain the experience needed to be a consistent force on the international scene.”

Earlier, Belen had mentored his Sasol Amawheelaboys team to the bronze medal in the men’s competition, as they saw off the challenge of Egypt 77-65.