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Maties Sport's Chief Director elected as USSA president Sport's Chief Director elected as USSA presidentPia Nänny<p>Ilhaam Groenewald was present when, at a historic meeting held at the University of Port Elizabeth on 16 April 1994, the major role players in tertiary sport unanimously agreed to join forces and establish a united non-racial national umbrella structure that would represent and protect the sporting interests of all students.</p><p>Something sparked in her on that day when 78 tertiary educational institutions officially constituted the South African Student Sports Union (SASSU), now known as University Sport South Africa (USSA). </p><p>She left that meeting with a feeling of hope and the belief that she has a contribution to make, and she has been blazing a trail through tertiary and South African sport circles ever since.</p><p>In 1994, Ilhaam was the manager of the UWC volleyball team. In April 2017, 23 years after that historic meeting, she was elected as the 9th president of USSA.<br></p><p>She will have an oversight, leadership and networking role and will perform these duties in conjunction with her duties as Chief Director: Maties Sport and as a member of SARU's executive.</p><p>Having a strong support team at Maties Sport enables Ilhaam to take on voluntary responsibilities such as these. </p><p>"It is necessary to cultivate a culture of collective responsibility and teamwork," she believes. "You can't achieve anything on your own.</p><p>"My motto in life is that there is power in passion. If we are passionate about what we do and we understand the purpose of why we are here we can live our dream."</p><p>Ilhaam believes that sport has the ability to cut across all boundaries and the power to create an enabling environment which, in turn, creates opportunities for young people.</p><p>"Sport provides an equal platform, notwithstanding the challenges we have around transformation, inequalities with regards to facilities, sport programme management, etc."</p><p>Her dream for the organisation is that it will contribute towards change and continue to shape conversations in South Africa.</p><p>"We can only achieve this if there is collective visionary leadership and if we understand the unity of purpose," she adds, referring to a phrase mentioned by outgoing president Prof Tyrone Pretorius.</p><p>Her goals for her tenure is linked to the National Sport and Recreation plan. This plan has three core pillars of implementation: (1) active nation (2) winning nation and (3) enabling environment. </p><p>"Tertiary institutions can contribute to creating an active nation by encouraging and improving participation in sport at all levels, whether it is recreational or competitive. </p><p>"The annual USSA tournaments provide a platform for talent identification, not only for USSA teams but also for national age-group and senior teams. There are opportunities to build capacity in terms of staff and we have the expertise and facilities to contribute towards a successful high-performance programme. This leads to a winning nation.</p><p>"Lastly, tertiary institutions provide access to tertiary education through, among other things, bursary systems, and we invest hugely in training and development opportunities. This creates an enabling environment."</p><p>She encouraged USSA member institutions to contribute and play a role in shaping conversations about tertiary sport.</p><p>Her inaugural message included a quote by Steve Jobs: "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. You somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.</p><p>"So let us live our dream to strengthen sport in South Africa and Africa," she concludes.<br></p>
Another successful season for Steinhoff Maties Cricket successful season for Steinhoff Maties CricketMaties Sport Media<p></p><p>A sixth consecutive Boland League title and a top-of-the-log finish at the Varsity Cricket tournament are some of the highlights of yet another successful season for the Steinhoff Maties Cricket team.</p><p>Maties also finished third place at the National Club Championships. </p><p>Even though Maties did not reach the final of the Varsity Cricket tournament, the squad showed some great promise at this event and the performances of the team, captain and various individual players fill the club management with excitement for next season.</p><p>"Ending the group stages of the Varsity Cricket competition at the top of the log with such a young squad really pleased me and winning the Boland League for the sixth consecutive season almost surprised me. But the real highlight was the fact that we had 10 players playing first-class cricket for Boland and Kyle Simmonds and Niel Botha making their Cobras' debut," said coach Andrew Wylie.</p><p>According to Wylie the biggest lesson his youngsters learnt this past season was to take responsibility.</p><p>"It took some time to realise that the senior players who had moved on were not there to deliver match-winning performances anymore and that it was their turn to step up and take responsibility. There are no shortcuts to success; every year they face new challenges and they have to adapt quickly to ensure that the winning culture continues."</p><p>For Wylie the future looks bright.</p><p>"These youngsters had a taste of the big tournaments and will be hungry for success at this level. They have seen the opportunities available and seem set on making the most of them."</p><p>Captain Gerhard Erasmus will remember his first season as captain of the Steinhoff Maties Cricket team for the team's performance at the Varsity Cricket tournament.</p><p>Erasmus was captain of a team that consisted largely of second-year students.</p><p>"Because we are so young, there were many challenges. I think our season was generally successful and our performances at the national tournaments must not be taken for granted. I learned very quickly that I have to lead by example when it comes to fitness, training and playing. I cannot expect my players to do that which I'm not willing to do," Erasmus said after a very busy season.</p><p>"The Varsity Cricket tournament was definitely the highlight of the year for me. We played very well as a unit and the potential of the team was clearly demonstrated. We did not win the tournament, but I think we were definitely one of the best teams, if not the best team, there."</p><p>Coach Wylie is more than happy with the way his captain performed.</p><p>"I think Gerhard has grown tremendously as a leader. He was thrown in the deep end with a very young squad and really took the initiative and showed plenty of energy and belief in the players. His performance at the Varsity Cricket tournament was exceptional – he contributed with the bat and was tactically superb."<br></p>
Rector congratulates Varsity Cup team; players say goodbye congratulates Varsity Cup team; players say goodbyeMaties Sport Media<p>"You made us all very proud. Thank you for being excellent ambassadors for Stellenbosch University and Maties Sport." </p><p>these words Stellenbosch University Rector Prof Wim de Villiers congratulated the FNB Maties Varsity Cup team on their performances in the Varsity Cup Competition. </p><p>The team lost in the final of the competition against UP-Tuks.<br></p><p>In turn captain Craig Barry thanked the Rector for his and the University's support: "It meant a lot," he added.<br></p><p><strong>End of an era</strong><br></p><p>The end of the 2017 Varsity Cup tournament also meant the end of an era at Steinhoff Maties Rugby.</p><p>For various players who were key members of the Maties Rugby family the final against Tuks was their last match. </p><p>Loose forward Kobus van Dyk, who recently made his debut for the Stormers, will remember his time at Maties with a smile. "It is most certainly one of the best groups I have ever been a part of…on and off the field. The friendships I've made will last a lifetime. It was a privilege to play for Maties and to start my rugby career with such a great group of people."</p><p>Kyle Steyn and Devon Nash were both offered six-month contracts by Griquas. </p><p>"I'm extremely excited about this new adventure. I did not expect this opportunity, probably because I did not realise the exposure the Varsity Cup tournament gets. I had hoped for something to come along, but didn't think it would happen soon," said Steyn.</p><p>About his time at Maties Steyn said: "Maties Rugby has an incredible history and to be able to play in the maroon jersey, build my own friendships and memories in the context of that history, and experience the pride and legacy that is Maties Rugby, is something I will always cherish."<br></p><p>Varsity Cup captain Craig Barry added: "It was a road full of blessings and lessons. My time at Maties shaped me into becoming a better person."​<br></p>
Maties' Van Rhyn to lead Junior Springbok team' Van Rhyn to lead Junior Springbok teamMaties Sport Media<p>Steinhoff Maties Rugby player Ernst van Rhyn has been named captain of the South African U20 team to play at the World Rugby U20 Championship in Tbilisi, Georgia in June.</p><p>Van Rhyn is joined by fellow Matie Wikus Groenewald in the squad of 28, while the team will be coached by former Maties coach and current Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux.</p><p>Van Rhyn was the SA U20 vice-captain last season and the SA Schools captain in 2015. "In this rugby crazy country that we live in I believe many boys grow up with the dream to play for their country. So for us to get this opportunity is an amazing privilege and we will give our all to make our country proud," said Van Rhyn.</p><p>Commenting on the selection of the captain, Roux spoke highly of Van Rhyn and said: "Ernst is a hard worker on the field and has proved his worth as a leader in the last few seasons at the SA Schools team and the SA U20s last year. A captain has to lead by example and ensure that there is cohesion in the team at all times, and these qualities will be vital in guiding us through the competition."</p><p>The Junior Springboks will face France, Georgia and Argentina in the pool stages of the international spectacle in Tbilisi, which runs from 31 May to 18 June. The team will depart for Georgia on Thursday, 25 May.   <br></p>
Four Maties athletes crowned as SA student champions Maties athletes crowned as SA student championsMaties Sport Media<p>​Four Maties athletes were crowned SA student champions at the USSA Athletics Championships (SA Student Champs) hosted at Greenpoint Athletics Stadium this past weekend.<br></p><p>Juan de Swardt (pole vault); Justine Palframan (200m); Jean-Maré Senekal (400m hurdles) and Nienka du Toit (heptathlon) all won gold in their respective items, as did Maties' 4x400m men's relay team with Shaun de Jager, Gardeo Isaacs, Jaden Flagg and Wynand du Toit.<br></p><p>Palframan came second in the 400m event behind the SA champion Caster Semenya while the 4x100m and 4x400m women's relay teams both won silver too.<br></p><p>Bronze medals went to Hennie Beukes (pole vault) and Jodie Sedras (pole vault).<br></p><p>The following athletes came fourth in their respective events: Wynand du Toit (200m); Jaden Flagg (400m); Cameron Donkin (discus); Janke van Wyk (100m hurdles); Rozelle Meier (pole vault); Samantha Pretorius (long jump) and Sunette Luther (discus). <br></p><p><br></p>
Hard work pays off for heptathlete work pays off for heptathleteMaties Sport Media<p>After many years of hard work Stellenbosch University student and former Bloemhof Girls' High learner Nienka du Toit was crowned SA Senior Heptathlon champion at the ASA Senior Track and Field Championships in Potchefstroom this weekend.</p><p>She won the SA Junior Heptathlon title at the same event last year.</p><p>"I've very grateful," this BCom student said. "I've been working towards this for many years and all the hard work and sacrifices have paid off."</p><p>Nienka was in Grade 9 when she decided to concentrate on the heptathlon event and it is her dream to represent South Africa at the World Student Games and eventually even the Olympic Games one day.</p><p>Heptathlon consists of high jump, long jump, shot put, javelin, 200 m, 800 m and 100 m hurdles. The challenge for multi-sport athletes is maintaining a good balance and there is always the risk of injury because they have to train for so many different disciplines.</p><p>Nienka's family, friends and coach Seef le Roux play a big role in her life and the fact that she can rely on them to support her contributes to her success, she says.</p><p>Other Maties medallists at the SA Champs include Justine Palframan (silver in the 400 m), Keegan Fourie (silver in the high jump), Samantha Pretorius (bronze in the long jump), Kian-Lee du Toit (bronze in the pole vault) and Leandré Ketch (bronze in the girls U/18 heptathlon event).</p><p>Boland's 4x100 m women's relay team consisting of Maties Shannon Arendse, Janke van Wyk, Justine Palframan and Samantha Pretorius won gold while the 4x400 m women's relay team consisting of Maties Rogail Joseph, Anruné Liebenberg, Jean-Maré Senekal and Justine Palframan won silver. Boland's 4x400 m men's relay team consisting of three Maties (Wynand du Toit, Jaden Flagg and Gardeo Isaacs) and a representative from Paarl Athletics Club, Linford Maree, also won gold.</p><p>The next fixture on the athletics calendar is the University Sports South Africa (USSA) Athletics Championships at the Green Point Stadium on 28-29 April.​<br></p><p><strong>Photo credit: Trevlyn Palframan</strong><br></p>
Maties players named best in Varsity Cup tournament players named best in Varsity Cup tournamentMaties Sport Media<p>Every dark cloud has a silver lining and for the Maties rugby team it is the individual awards received by Kobus van Dyk and Craig Barry for their play in this year's Varsity Cup tournament.</p><p>On Monday, Maties lost against UP-Tuks in the final of the Varsity Cup in Pretoria. The score was 21-28. </p><p>However, after the final Van Dyk was not only named the Player of the Tournament, but also the "Forward that Rocks". Barry, Maties' captain, was named the "Back that Rocks".</p><p>The duo along with Duncan Saal were also included in the Varsity Cup Dream Team that will play against the Junior Springboks in the Danie Craven Stadium on Tuesday (25 April). There are also three Maties on the bench. They are Ernst Stapelberg, Michal Haznar and Johan Momsen.</p><p>Although the players are very disappointed, Barry made it clear that the defeat cannot undo the good things that have happened over the past few months.</p><p>"The tournament was actually a huge success for us. Several players had the opportunity to prove themselves and were very successful. It wasn't the end that we had worked or planned for, but there are many positive aspects that we can take from the tournament. As a team we are not defined by the defeat, but by the collective effort we all put in during the run-up and course of the tournament," Barry said.</p><p>It was Barry's last Varsity Cup tournament. With 42 games he is the player who made the most appearances ever in the competition and with his 16 tries – nine in this year's competition – he is also Varsity Cup's leading try-scorer.</p><p>Maties' Miss Varsity Cup finalist Lethukwenama Letsoalo was crowned first princess. The crown went to the University of Pretoria's Gizelle Venske.<br></p>
#MatiesMVFs support their team to the end support their team to the endMaties Sport Media<p>Their main aim was to stand out, but they could never have predicted that their enthusiasm at FNB Maties' Varsity Cup games would attract this much attention.</p><p>It resulted in the Maties supporters Yaasiem Daniels (28) and Elbré van Rhyn (24), both Theology students  at Stellenbosch University, together with fellow Stellenbosch residents Sydney Pienaar (22), Dudley McKelly (27) and Danfred Nel (27) receiving a sponsorship to travel to Pretoria to support their team in the Varsity Cup final against FNB UP-Tuks.</p><p>Maties Rugby, Steers and Steinhoff made it possible for them.</p><p>With their coloured wigs and inexhaustible energy these five supporters attended all Maties' home games as well as the game against Ikeys in Cape Town and the Maties Young Guns' final against Tuks that took place at UWC last Monday. They were also named Maties Sport's #MatiesMVFs (<em>most valued fans</em>). </p><p>These five supporters are part of a bigger group of between 15 and 20 people that have not only been captured by local TV channels during games, but also star in a few international visitors' videos.</p><p>"We are known internationally," they joke. But they do not joke about rugby. </p><p>"Our blood is maroon," they say. "We stand together with the team. We ran on the field with them, we played with them and we lost with them. Their pain is our pain.</p><p>"We are a bit disappointed in the result, of course. But we still support them 100%."</p><p>They plan to support other sport codes with the same enthusiasm.</p><p>The group has quite an arsenal of songs and they practise it regularly when they braai together and prepare themselves for the next match.</p><p>They are incredibly grateful towards the sponsors for the opportunity to travel to Pretoria.</p><p>It was a first visit to Pretoria for Daniels and Nel.</p><p>Craig Barry, Maties captain, said it is very special to know that they have such incredible supporters. </p><p>"It definitely inspires us as players when we hear them, and believe me, we hear them. The men ooze enthusiasm and positivity. It is no secret that the full Danie Craven stadium played a big role in our success, so to have been able to take a small piece of that to Pretoria was wonderful. There is no doubt that Maties has the best supporters."</p><p>According to Quintin van Rooyen, Manager: Maties Rugby, they were impressed by the group's passion.</p><p>"The rest of the group watched the game at the fan park in the Neelsie," he said.<br></p><p><br></p>
Maties Parasport athletes shine at national championships Parasport athletes shine at national championshipsMaties Sport Media<p></p><p>Maties Parasport athletes returned form the recent South African national championships for persons with disabilities with several national records and qualifying times for the 2017 World ParaAthletics Championships.<br></p><p>The national event took place in Port Elizabeth.</p><p>For two of the athletes – Arnu Fourie and Ilse Hayes – it was their last national event.</p><p>Both won their races and qualified for the world championships taking place in London from 14 to 23 July. </p><p>Fourie won the 100m and 200m (T44) in 11:37 and 23:30 seconds respectively.</p><p>Hayes (T13) also won her sprint numbers, but more important than the victories was her progress after an Achilles injury. </p><p>"It was a race against time to get Ilse ready for the event," her coach Dr Suzanne Ferreira said.</p><p>"The 100m was her first full 100m from the blocks and we did not really know what to expect. Our biggest hope was that her Achilles would survive the maximum impact. Although her times were far from her personal best, she showed that we can now proceed to the next phase.</p><p>Paralympic veterans Dyan Buis (T38) and Anruné Liebenberg (T44) both won gold in their events and achieved world qualifying times. </p><p>The field athletes' coach Karen le Roux was also very happy with her athletes' performances. Veteran Zanele Situ (F54) qualified for the World Championships in three events. </p><p>"Reinhardt Hamman (F38) came very close to his personal best in the javelin just a few months after a major knee operation," said Le Roux. He achieved qualifying distances in javelin and shot put.<br></p><p>Also in shot put, Jean Joubert (F44) set a new SA record in his class while Kerwin Noemdo (F46) achieved a new personal best and improved on his previous SA record. Both distances were qualifying distances for the world championships.<br></p><p>Lean Simon (F44) stood out in the javelin and discus while wheelchair athlete Brandon Beack (F53) performed well in the 100m and shot put.<br></p><p>Keenan Cloete (T46), Thabo Dube (F57), Bilaal Dramat (F43) and the young Paul Daniels (F43) achieved SA rekords in long jump, discus and the 100m respectively.<br></p><p><strong>Photo: </strong>Kerwin Noemdo<br></p><p><strong>Photographer: </strong>Martin Potgieter, Bonzai Photography<br></p>
Medals and qualifying times for Maties swimmers and qualifying times for Maties swimmersMaties Sport Media<p>A group of 25 Maties swimmers took part at the South African World Championship trials in Durban as part of Team Western Cape from 3-8 April.</p><p>Standout swims for the week included those by 3rd year BCom student Emma Chelius, who swam qualifying times for the Universiade (World Student games) in both the 50m (25.90) and 100m (56.75) freestyle on the way to two silver medals. She was also a silver medallist in the 50m butterfly event. The 29th Summer Universiade takes place in Taipei, Taiwan, in August. </p><p>Final year BEd student Marli Jacobs came away with an excellent 3rd place finish in the 200m butterfly (2:19.59). She also placed 6th in the 100m butterfly. </p><p>Other finalists at the event include Caitlin Kat (200m freestyle and 200 butterfly), Bryce Pendock (50m freestyle) and Stephano Roodt (800m freestyle).</p><p>The club's Para-athletes, including 2016 Paralympian Hendri Herbst (S11 – 50 and 100m freestyle), first-year Alani Ferreira (S13 – 400m freestyle and 100m breaststroke) and the up-and-coming Christian Sadie (S7), all achieved World Championship qualifying times. </p><p>Sadie competed in his first major national competition and qualified in every event in which he swam, with the most notable being the three African Records he set in the 50m butterfly, 100m freestyle and the 200m IM. The World Para Swimming Championships take place in Mexico in October.</p><p>Other notable efforts include those of Inge Weidemann and Kiara Noades. Both these junior club members swam within the qualifying standards for the FINA Junior World Championships taking place in Indianapolis, USA, in August 2017. Both girls finished on the senior podium, with Inge coming 3rd in the women's 50m freestyle and Kiara 3rd in the women's 200m backstroke. </p><p>The 25 strong Maties contingent played a significant role in helping Team Western Cape to a first national team title.<br></p>