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Athletes flock to Friendly City for various events

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NELSON Mandela Bay was in top form in hosting a handful of big sporting events recently and, once again, proved what a great host the Friendly City is.

Despite the challenges around COVID-19 and with no spectators allowed at these events, it was good to see the organisers and the Bay hospitality getting the accolades they deserved.

The Cosafa Cup Women’s Championships, the South African Lifesaving Championships and the Spar Ladies 10km road race were some of the big happenings in the Bay last week.

For the ladies’ race, the Friendly City changed her profile to the Windy City but the athletes took the conditions in their stride, especially the 20-year-old Ethiopian, Tadu Nare, who produced a wonderful winning run.

The Bay’s big teams are gearing up for some very important assignments coming their way soon.

On the soccer front, Chippa United has an important away match against Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Chilli Boys have been showing promising signs of getting things together and producing winning results, but their position on the log does not reflect their huge efforts.

It is time that they play to their full potential and what better way to show that they are on the right path, than by beating the mighty Chiefs away from home.

The Chilli Boys really need a good showing in this one, otherwise their season can go downhill from here and a lot of hard work will be down the drain.

The Warriors’ cricket side did what was required of them in the first part of the season by qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Cricket South Africa Provincial T20 Cup.

On October 20, the Warriors play their next match (opponents still to be named) in Kimberley and will hopefully be ready to progress further in the tournament.

The highlight of the Warriors’ three matches was the delightful batting of the 22-year-old opener, Matthew Breetzke.

This tournament might well be the defining moment for the career of the former Grey High learner.

He is one of those talented youngsters about whom the experts love to differ. Some don’t rate him that highly, while others have already started comparing his batting to that of greats like AB de Villiers.

Those three consecutive 50s in the T20 Cup must have silenced the doubters. It was superb batting, especially the 80 runs of 46 balls against the neighbours, the East Cape Iinyathi side.

Bigger tests await Breetzke but it should be very interesting to see how his career develops.

On the rugby front, the Eastern Province officials have apparently agreed that the next coach of the beleaguered senior side should come from within the region.

Well, all I can say to that is – good luck.

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