Today marked a proud moment for South African Wheelchair Basketball as one of the countries top referees, Natascha Onono, was awarded her IWBF International Referee’s license, in so doing, became the first ever African Woman to achieve this.
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