Delfos/TWR new Masters champs

2016-08-24 06:00
Photo: supplied The winning team.

Photo: supplied The winning team.

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THIRTY-three volleyball teams comprising stars of yesteryear from around KZN and Gauteng converged on UKZN’s Westville campus Sports Centre for the annual Geness Foundation sponsored Masters Tournament hosted by Ethekwini Volleyball last weekend.

In the 35 to 39 age category of the Masters Tournament Tongaat’s Liberte overpowered Johannesburg based Mitch Park in straight sets (15-6; 15-9) with Kiruben Naicker and Pramesh Naidoo being the chief destroyers.

The over 40 age category final between the defending champions WB Dolphins from Chatsworth and Delfos/TWR, a combination of Johannesburg and Durban based players had the crowd on their feet as the explosive exchanges drew loud cheers, clapping and dancing in the stands.

In the tightly contested first set the Durban lads took a commanding 12-8 lead courtesy of a series of brilliant cross courts attacking from Nigerian national, Philip Ighomor who went on to pick up the best attacker of the tournament accolade.

Refusing to roll over and play dead master setter Matthew Govender brought Delfos/TWR back into the hunt for a first set win when he serviced his twin left-handed attackers Beaver Wheatley and Paul Louw with well disguised sets that put his team in lead with a 14-12 margin. Under a pressure situation WB Dolphins’playmaker, Seelan Pillay’s ‘dink’ went straight into the net to give Delfos/TWR a much needed 15-12 victory.

In a hard hitting 2nd set for the defending champions Rowen Valliatham and Philip Ighomor made their intentions quite clear that the Masters title will remain in Durban.

At a heart stopping 12-12 the match could have gone either way had it not been for the brilliance of setter Matthew Govender who skilfully used his twin attackers Wheatley and Louw to close proceedings at 15-12 and march to the podium as the new Masters champions.

At the post final presentation sponsor Sunil Geness from the Geness Foundation committed himself to making the Masters event a bigger and better one in 2017.

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