Ugu hosts ringball championships

2015-10-15 06:00
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Schools compete in a ringball match at Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre.

PHOTOS: precious gumede Schools compete in a ringball match at Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre.

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UGU Sport and Leisure Centre hosted over 2 000 ringball players for the South African National Ringball Championships last Monday with over 20 districts being represented from all provinces.

Johan Oosthuizen of SA Ringball said ringball is an old sport, which they are trying to revive.

“The sport is similar to netball and it is played in all provinces. With this tournament we want to select the national team to represent South Africa,” said Oosthuizen­.

“We have various categories - SA schools, SA seniors and Masters participating. The age groups are from 11 up to 45.”

The first two days of the tournament were difficult as weather conditions were not good.

“It was very windy, [resulting in the] teams having low scores like 10 points for the strong teams, which is very low as we normally get scores like 50 and up.”

Gauteng teams performed well in the championships and things are looking good for them.

On the South Coast ringball is not as popular and only two schools have been playing it, making up the Ugu development team.

Ugu coach Thea Fraser said her team has been doing well for first timers.

“We have a team made of pupils from Ngwemabala High and Makhanda which are two rural schools. I train with the team twice a week and this tournament has been a great experience for them,” said Fraser.

Ringball is a non-contact sport played by both males and females, usually in separate games. It is similar to netball and can be played on an all weather grass court measured 27mx18m, but divided into thirds and three. In three sections are three goal scorers on a team., three centre players and three defending players. The objective of the game is to throw the ball from one player to another into a ring goal which is placed on either side of the court.

- Wikipedia

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