MARAPONG — It was a sunny day on Sunday 27 October when the annual Lephalale volleyball tournament was hosted at the Marapong Volleyball courts next to Tielelo Secondary School. With eleven male teams and three female teams, the tournament started as a round robin and later knock out stage.
This year the tournament managed to attract teams from as far as Mokopane, Rustenburg, University of Limpopo Turfloop Campus, Seleka and Steilloop with both male and female teams. This competitive volleyball tournament majorly comprised of players who take part in the provincial team and National South African teams. It was an open tournament whereby many residents came to spectate this unfamiliar sport in our town.
The host Captain Hans Tapala, better known as “Mzee”, said that it was not an easy tournament to organise due to a lack of sponsorship and according to research, most people are do not consider volleyball as a sport but rather a hobby.
“We are pleading with Lephalale residents to come and join us in order to ensure the growth of this sport. We also request businesses and companies around Lephalale to help us with any sponsorship or help so we can overcome the challenges we are currently facing, like lack of equipment and facilities. The courts we are using belongs to the school and the lights are defective. We are therefore forced to start early and those who work late do not get an opportunity to practice. Volleyball accommodates everyone and one can start playing from the age of 6 years until 60 years old,” Tapala said.
The gold medal was won by the University of Limpopo in the male category, a silver medal by the Lephalale Eagles and a bronze medal by the Rebone Bulldogs.
In the ladies’ category the gold medal also went to the University of Limpopo, Rebone Bulldogs received a silver medal and Lephalale Eagles a bronze medal.