Sasol AmaWheelaBoys to take on NWU VTC at 5th Sasol-NWU Vaal Senior Basketball tournament

Green vs Gold Series moves to Sasolburg this weekend.

6 September 2018

 Sasolburg, South Africa – The South African national wheelchair basketball team, the Sasol AmaWheelaBoys, will play an exhibition match against NWU Vaal Triangle Campus (VTC) on Saturday, 15 September 2018 at the Harry Gwala Multipurpose Sport Complex in Zamdela. The game will start at 14:30.

This match will be the highlight of the 5th annual Sasol-NWU Vaal Senior Basketball tournament to take place from 14 to 16 September 2018. Play will start at 16:00 on Friday afternoon, with the semis and finals being played on the Sunday.

Ladies’ and men’s teams from all over South Africa are expected to battle it out for the top three positions. Apart from the coveted champion trophies, the winning teams take home gold medals and R10 000. Silver medalists receive R5 000 and the bronze medalists, R2 500.

Action will continue after the exhibition match, with the Green vs Gold match taking centre court at 15:00. The Green vs Gold series serves as preparation for the AmaWheelaBoys ahead of the African qualifiers, and subsequently for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

“At Sasol we pursue sponsorships that enhance our brand, inspire creativity and innovation, and create unique opportunities to build stakeholder relationships. We are proud to support sporting initiatives like the Sasol NWU Vaal Senior Basketball Tournament,” said Zimbini Zwane, Sasol’s Sasolburg Operations acting Vice President, Corporate Affairs.

Lions are the Kings of The Court as they clinch the 2018 Supersport Wheelchair Basketball Series Title!

Lions win nail biting Supersport Wheelchair Basketball Series Final to claim Third straight Title!

The Wolverines and Lions squared off in the 2018 Supersport Wheelchair Basketball Series Final this past Saturday and delivered what some consider the most exciting final in the history of the Supersport Wheelchair Basketball Series.

Playing in front of the largest crowd of the season, the atmosphere inside the Vodacom Mandeville Center was electric, as the countries two top teams took to the court to do battle. The Wolverines were the overwhelming favourites leading up to the match, having gone the entire season unbeaten, whilst their opponents from Klerksdorp had had an indifferent season, despite having been crowned champions the previous two seasons.

The Lions however, were not about to roll over and let the Pretoria team maul them in the final, and their coach Lydia Dumond had said before the game that "despite some challenges during the season, the boys had been working extremely hard at practise during the week leading up to Saturday's ( 8/9/18) final and they were determined to hold on to their crown.

The game had a frenetic energy to it the whole way through, and the end to end action saw neither team gain a clear advantage in the early exchanges, but it was the Lions who edged the first quarter taking a 15-14 lead into the second quarter.

Wolverines coach, Willie Mulder, seemed calmed as he rallied his side at the break. and would have been confident that his chargers would start to take a grip on proceedings and begin to edge away from the Lions. The North West outfit , however had other ideas, and came out firing at the begining of the quarter. The Wolverines began to panic as their opponents dominated the play and by the end of the half, they found themselves 10 points down, with the Lions looking comfortable with thei lead. The half time score was 34-24 to the Lions.

Lions captain Cecil Dumond led his team back onto the court at the start of the second half, looking determined and confident, whilst Wolverines captain Jaco Van Niekerk, had his work cut out for him as his team mates looked flustered, and were remonstrating with the officials at the break.

Lions star man Simanga Mbhele, was in dominant form once again, but found himself sitting on 4 fouls early on in the third quarter, which meant he had to approach the rest of the game with more caution, as the fifth foul would see him ejected from the game and would make life difficult for his team mates. He maintained good discipline for the third quarter and linking up with Man of the Match. Rakgetsing Molete and Shane Williams, the Lions not only held their lead but extended it to 14 points, as the buzzer for the end of the third quarter sounded.

The capacity crowd were vociferous, with the bulk now firmly behind the Lions as they worked to upset the Wolverines, and the stadium atmosphere was electric as the final quarter got underway. The Wolverines knew they had to pull out all the stops in this quarter, and looked to their veteran National team Vice Captain Thandile Zonke and Marius Papenfus to steady the ship, whilst trying to get their season star performer, Steven Walgenbach, to be more influential in the proceedings.

They did not disappoint as the Wolverines put up an energy sapping final stand in the last quarter. The momentum of the game soon shifted in their favour as Mbhele eventually gave up his fifth foul which saw him ejected from the game with 8 minutes still left to play. The Wolverines sensed their opportunity to claw their way back into the encounter and with clinical precision, pulled back the Lions lead and with just under 2 minutes left to play in the encounter, they found themselves within one point of a now panic stricken Lions outfit, who visibly saw their title hopes slipping away as the Wolverines applied relentless pressure on them.

The tension in the stadium was intense and screams of elation and of panic were echoing to the rafters as the game wound down to the final few seconds. With 7 seconds of the game to go, the Lions were defending for dear life, as they only led by two points, with the Wolverines in possession looking to draw level and take the game into overtime, or even better, set up a 3 point play and steal the win.

However, to the relief of coach Lydia Dumond and the frantic Lions supporters, a wayward pass by the Wolverines was intercepted by Raketsing Molete who sent Shane Williams up the other side of the court and he converted the final two points of the game and the nail in the coffin for the Wolverines. The Lions completing the threepeat of titles, winning 61- 57.

Match Stats 

In the days earlier encounters, the Diesel Electric Services Eagles and the Ethekwini Spears delivered another nerve wracking encounter in the bronze medal playoff, and it was the home team Eagles that secured the bronze with a hard fought 62-56 victory.

Match Stats

The Buffalo City Metro Suns, finished off the season in fifth place after a convincing 61-43 victory over the Mongoose in the days opening encounter.

Match Stats

Wolverines and Lions to do battle for 2018 Supersport Wheelchair Basketball Series Crown

2018 Supersport Wheelchair Basketball Series Grand Finale this weekend.

The Grand Finale of the 2018 Supersport Wheelchair Basketball Series takes place this Saturday, 8 September at 13h05 as the undefeated Wolverines take on the Lions at the Vodacom Mandeville Indoor Sports Center in Johannesburg.

Both teams come off hard fought victories against the Diesel Electric Services Eagles and the Ethekwini Spears respectively in last weekend's semi finalsL

Results:

Wolverines vs Diesel Electric Services Eagles

Lions vs Ethekwini Spears

The Wolverines will go into the final as favourites, but will be ill advised to take their opponents likely, as the men from Klerksdorp will be looking to secure their third successive Supersport Series title, and with their big man, Simanga Mbhele in fine form, it will be all to play for and promises to be a humdinger of a Final.

Schedule of Events for the Finals

08:00 Doors Open

08:30 Game 1: 5th & 6th playoff Warm up

08:54 Team Line Up

09:00 5th & 6th Playoff: Buffalo City Suns vs GBT Mongoose

10:30 Game End

10:35 Bronze playoff Warm up

10:54 Team Line-up

11:00 Bronze Playoff: DES Eagles vs Ethekwini Spears

12:30 Game End

12:35 Welcome and Opening Ceremony

12:54 Team Line-up

13:00 National Anthem

13:03 1 minute call

13:05 Gold Playoff: Wolverines vs Lions

14:30 Closing & Medal Ceremony

Entrance is free, so come down and support the top teams in the country!

If you are unable to get to the Vodacom Mandeville Indoor Sports Center, then be sure to tune in to Supersport 10 , Channel 210 for the live broadcast of the Final at 13h00.

 

Diesel Electric Services Eagles soar into Supersport Wheelchair Basketball Series Semis

Eagles and Wolverines to meet in Supersport Wheelchair Basketball Series Semis

The home team Diesel Electric Services Eagles booked their place in the 2018 Supersport Wheelchair Basketball Series Semi Finals, with an impressive performance against the Buffalo City Metro Suns this past weekend. The reward for their efforts is the unenviable encounter against the undefeated Wolverines.

Diesel Electric Services Eagles 55 vs Buffalo City Metro Suns 41

The Wolverines will go into this Saturday's (25 August) 10h00 encounter as overwhelming favorites to progress to the Final on 8 September in Johannesburg at the Vodacom Mandeville Indoor Sports Center.

Both teams have an abundance of talent at their disposal with Zimbabweans Taona Ziki and Daniel Nyuke as well as as National Team player Allen Mtatase and KB Nkoana being key for the Eagles. The Wolverines have National Team players Thandile Zonke, Steven Walgenbach and Jaco Van Niekerk all in fine form and the game promises to be an exciting encounter.

 

Ethekwini Spears to meet Lions in Supersport Wheelchair Basketball Series Semis

Spears to strong for Mongoose

The Ethekwini Spears will meet the Lions, this coming Saturday in the second of the 2018 Supersport Wheelchair Basketball Series Semi Finals after a hard fought 66-47 victory over the Mongoose this past weekend's quarter final playoffs.

Marlins 66 - Mongoose 47

The two sides have met in the SSWBS Final for the past two consecutive seasons, but the Spears had an inconsistent season this year, missing the influences of the former player Sheldon Larsen of New Zealand. They have however improved drastically of the season and will look to their points machine South African International, Thabane Tshange, as well as the veteran Siphamandla Gumbi to spearhead their efforts to send the Lions packing.

The Lions have the advantage of having had last weekend off due to the fact that they finished the pool stages in second position and secured their passage to the semi finals automatically. Boasting a host of National team players including, SA captain Cecil Dumond, Simange Mbhele, Raketsi Molete and Shane Williams, the men from Klerks dorp will go into the encounter as favorites to book their place in the  September 8th Final in Johannesburg at the Vodacom Mandeville Indoor Sports Center.

Eastern Cape U23 are the 2018 National Under 23 Champions!!

Eastern Cape Mens U23 are your new National U23 Champions!

A dominant  performance by a very young Eastern Cape team, saw them claim the National Under 23 title this afternoon, here at the Vodacom Mandeville Indoor Sports Center in Johannesburg.

The boys from the coast proved too strong for a Gauteng team, who had narrowly lost to them in the pool stages. It was expected that the home team would make it hard for the Eastern Cape boys, but it was not the case. The lads from East London controlled the game and there was never any doubt that they would take the title.

For all the results click here.