Player makes Dream Team

2019-07-17 06:00
Tanya von BergPhoto: Supplied

Tanya von BergPhoto: Supplied

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Versatile netball player Tanya von Berg has ended her seven illustrious years on a high.

She was named for the Dream Team at the conclusion of the University Sport South Africa (USSA) tournament and recognised as the best centre at the competition.

The tournament held in Johannesburg ended last Friday (12/07).

Although she did not quite reach her final goal in a Kovsie netball dress, being honoured one last time brought much peace to her.

According to the stalwart, who played in her seventh year for the University of the Free State, her goal was to make this team and lift the trophy.

The team didn’t succeed in the latter, losing to North-West University in the semi-final.

“Knowing that it would be the last time I would be playing for the team, I set myself these two goals. Although we were not able to claim the title, at least making the Dream Team helped to make me feel that I finished on a high, giving my all one last time,” she said.

Tanya, who is doing her honours in Education this year, received a teaching post in Qatar, where she will start in August.

Remarkably this versatile player, who could play any one of four positions, only missed two matches in the two student competitions since making her debut as a first-year student in 2013.

“Being named for the Protea training squad in 2016 and being selected for the national Fast 5 Team later that year, was the two outstanding moments of my career.

“What I remember about my first year, was how huge it was for me to play with the seniors.

“The one player who served as my biggest inspiration was Isélma Parkin.

“She unfortunately did not receive the recognition she deserved.

“I learned from her to continue to work hard and to never give up,” said Tanya.

I feel that I fi­nished on a high, giving my all one last time. – Tanya von Berg

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