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11 July 2012
Durban, South Africa, July 10, 2012- Volleyball South Africa hosts its prestigious annual Inter-Provincial Tournament (IPT) at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal’s Westville Campus Sport Centre from July 11-14.
According to KZN Volleyball President, Deva Moodliar the battle lines have been drawn as the visiting provinces Gauteng, Western Province and Limpopo Province have made their intentions quite clear that the 2012 IPT will be intensely contested to mark the National Federation’s celebration of its 21st year of existence since the sport was unified in the pre-democratic years.
Volleyball South Africa’s remaining 5 provincial affiliates have cited severe financial constraints for not making the trip to Durban for the national showpiece. VSA’s associate members, South African Police Services (SAPS) and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will feature in this year’s championship in the senior men and women’s categories. However it is mandatory for VSA’s provincial affiliates to field 6 teams in both genders in the youth, junior and senior divisions at the IPT.
Unfazed by the pressures from the visitors, Kwa Zulu Natal who were hard at training over a two month period with their youth and junior teams are beaming with confidence as ‘home-turf’ advantage and a partisan crowd will boost their chances of making a clean sweep of the national titles in these respective divisions. ‘
“KZN’s youth boys and girls teams have been national champions for almost a decade”, added Moodliar.
This time round the province can boast that their players hails from areas from all over KZN, including Amajuba, UGU, Richards Bay, Stanger, Madadeni, Newcastle and Hlabisa.
Meanwhile the KZN men’s team coached by Raymond Paul a former provincial stalwart are defending their championship title won in the Free State in 2011. Paul was quick to point out that this year’s preparation was hampered by the fact that players had to travel great distances to make it to training sessions each week. While Paul is confident that his lads will be pulling out all the stops to make it to the podium as gold medallists more time at training would have put them in pole position to retain the championship title.
Fans can expect fire works from Tongaat’s home grown talents and former SA national team attackers Vuzi Muzi Ndimande, Prenalen Govender and Hansen Virgavan . The trio will be joined in attack by Chatsworth youngster, Jamine Naidoo a current SA national team power hitter whom coach Raymond Paul will be relying on to retain the coveted silverware in KZN.
The preliminary matches will be played daily from 9:00 to 20:00 and the finals are scheduled for Saturday from 10:00.
Volleyball South Africa’s 21st Anniversary celebration function will be hosted at the Coastlands Convention Centre in Durban on Saturday night. SASCOC President Gideon Sam will grace the function as the keynote speaker.
By Donovan Nair, RSA Volleyball Fed Press officer
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