Eight Provincial Club teams Qualify for the National Premier League
Johannesburg (14 May 2015) – For the first time in history of Wheelchair Basketball competition, Eight Provincial teams took part in the 2015 National Premier League qualifiers (Terrence De Bruin Cup.) The Cup took part from the 24th till 27th April 2015, at the Vodacom Mandeville Indoor Centre. Wheelchair Basketball Administrator, Charles Saunders says the new format is in line with WBSA transformation policy. “The federation gave each province a two year notice to implement development leagues in their local club structures,” he said.
“A business model to implement the Provincial Club Championship League (PCCL) has been implemented. In this model, Gauteng province (incorporating Mpumalanga Clubs), North West (Incorporating Free State Clubs), KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape and the Western Cape are currently running with the PCCL. The format and conditions of the competition allows for A and B division teams to compete from each club. The Provincial U18 boys and Girls and Provincial Women teams also get a chance to showcase their skills by playing in the league and preparing themselves for National Competition.”
Saunders said that the eight club teams finalists and runner-ups from the PCCL A division competed in the SA National Club Championship (Terrence Die Bruin Cup). Out of the eight teams, only six qualified for the National Premier League affectionately known as the Supersport Wheelchair Basketball Series.
The new format has given a fair chance to all competing provincial league teams for qualifying irrespective of their financial muscle. “In the past teams with resources would buy quality players from international based clubs and under developed provinces, utilize these players to win the league while those provinces get relegated or even fail to qualify.”
“In terms of development the same resourceful teams were not focusing on development in their respective provinces. In the long run that becomes a problem for the entire South African Wheelchair Basketball prospect.”
Saunders said South African National teams fail to compete against European teams because the development plan implemented has bee ineffective at provincial level. “Top eight teams in the league from previous seasons were getting automatic qualification to play in the next season. This year all teams had to qualify including the defending champions.” The eight teams that qualified for this year’s tournament are the KwaZulu Wings, Tshwane Bladerunners, Mandeville Eagles, Vaal Reef Lions, Osizweni Wheeling Buffaloes, GBT Mongoose, Pretoria Pumas and the Tlamelang U23’s
The KwaZulu Wings, AngloGold Ashanti Lions, Ricoh Pumas, A Re Yeng Blades, GBT Mongoose and Discovery Eagles qualify for the 2015 SuperSport Wheelchair Basketball Series
Fixture list for 23rd May 2015
09:00 Blades vs Mongoose Mandeville Indoor Sports Centre
11:00 Pumas vs Eagles Mandeville Indoor Sports Centre
13:00 Lions vs Wings Mandeville Indoor Sports Centre
TV Fixture list for 24th May 2015
09:00 Mongoose vs Eagles Mandeville Indoor Sports Centre
11:00 Pumas vs Wings Mandeville Indoor Sports Centre
For interviews contact WBSA CEO Charles Saunders 082 474 9058 or WBSA Chairman Craig Moorgas on 082 338 8840