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Exciting restart on the cards!!

This weekend sees the continuation of the SAFA 3rd division after the end of year break and with 7 matches played so far, we take a brief look at the results of some of the teams.

It’s not unusual for newly promoted teams to do well in their first season in this league and this year Crystal Palace and Woodlands United are continuing the trend as they are placed in the top 3 at the end of 2019.

Palace are occupying top spot and recorded some good results especially beating Hanover Park 3-2 in November while Woodlands had a good run in the Nedbank Cup reaching the regional finals and finishing 2019 in the 3rd spot. Woodlands are facing an uphill battle for the rest of the season as they struggle to secure training grounds in Mitchells Plain and this leaves Coach Zarrie with a tough job to prepare for matches.

Silver Spurs are looking the business this year with target man Ameen Awaldien in fine form netting 6 goals so far. The technical team is now headed by Coach Russell Davids and the squad is a good blend of youth and experience which should see them make an attempt at the title depending if they can be consistent with their performances.

Hanover Park have had a mixed bag of results in their first 7 games but one would expect them to improve as the season continues and apply pressure on the top of the table. With Coach Franklin Davies at the helm, anything is possible as his positive motivation and guidance are essential for his troops every week.

Much was expected from Nova Nacional this season as the team realigned their focus on their goal to be in the PSL in the next few years and the expectation was valid with some key acquisitions in the technical team before the start of the season. Former Bafana Bafana left-back David Kannemeyer is heading the technical team after having brief coaching spells at The Magic (ABC Motsepe) and Cape Town All Stars (NFD). Kannemeyer still has plenty of time to improve his team’s results and has the resources to do so.

In what could be termed as a rebuilding stage for Greenwood, their start to the season is probably their worst since campaigning in the league about 3 years ago. Coach Fadiel Losper is at the helm this season and in charge of the rebuild which includes some younger players in the squad but still has the stability with the experience of players like Nathan Brown and Dean Williams.

Cape Town City is having a better start compared to last season as they also have a change in the technical team which is now headed by Coach Richard Lovell. City’s positive results have seen them end 2019 in the top half of the table and a few of the team’s performances have been a pleasure to watch as the young squad uses their pace and skill to their advantage against their opponents.

Scrolling down to the foot of the table is a surprise to many if last season was anything to go by as Matroosfontein, who were contenders last season, are now languishing at the bottom of the log. With only 1 win from 7 matches so far, Coach Patrick Wheels and his team will be eager to get this year going and start his team’s recovery and ensure their survival.

Another team finding it tougher than last year is Cape Town United who are yet to record a victory but only lost once and drew 5 matches in their 6 played so far. The Langa team will be looking at the next few weeks as a crucial part of their season if they want to avoid the relegation zone by midseason.

It’s still a long way to go and the situation can change for all 16 teams and with no one really dominating yet, it keeps the excitement going for spectators and hope alive for clinching the top spot. Check out this week’s fixtures and make sure to catch a game.

Regional 3RD Division 19/20


Bayhill Premier Cup – Delivering Action

So today is day 3 at the U19 Bayhill Premier Cup at Erica Park and we take a quick look at what’s been happening over the past 2 days.

Although the tournament is an institution on the football calendar it doesn’t come without its criticism from some quarters especially after the cancelling of last year’s event due to the water crisis.
The negativity is swiftly a memory as the tournament so far has delivered what majority of people attend the Bayhill for, and that is unpredictability, future stars, local participation, local competing against youth of the “big guns”, excitement and great vibe.

The football on display has been well worth the trip to Erica Park, which by the way is in good shape. The pitch has been a talking point but after day 2 it is still showing signs of holding up for the weekend. Obviously with the rigorous activity continuing it is expected to deteriorate everyday but let’s hope it stays intact.

Back to the football and some results which stand out include local club Silver Spurs holding Mamelodi Sundowns to a 0-0 draw. This was Spurs’ 2nd match after they beat Blackbirds Academy 2-0 the day before.
Wednesday night we witnessed a Mitchells Plain derby where Rocka a fellas were convincingly beaten by Beacon Spurs 4-0 while on Thursday, a Cape District derby delivered an unexpected result as Greenwood Athletic defeated Grassy Park United 1-0. Greenwood end the day on 6 points after recording a 2-0 win over Bayview FC on Wednesday.

Cape Town City didn’t have it easy against HBUFC but their individual quality shone through as they beat the Hout Bay side 2-0. Visitors Highlands Park delivered a good performance when they faced debutants Nova Nacional and won their game 3-0, while current champions Supersport recorded a 1-0 win against Jacaranda Callies.

Day 3 action kicks off at 3PM and promises to deliver more of the same and even better as the stakes are raised with teams fighting to book their place in the knockout stages.

See you there!!

Portland haal einstryd met nog een wedtsryd om te speel – Joe Pillay

MET nog een oorblywende wedstryd wat Saterdag (8 September) op die Rocklands-sportterrein in Mitchell’s Plain afgehandel word en slegs die hoerskool sokkerspan van Portland wat reeds sy plek in die eindstryd bespreek het as die Groep-A wenner – is die stand van sake in Groep-B op `n mespunt gebalanseerd.

Die twee groep-wenners (A en B) in die MRP Foundation Skoleliga-kompetisie pak mekaar op 15 September in die eindstryd om die kroon van die kampioenskap-titel te bepaal.

Nietemin het Riedewaan Johnson (afrigter) se onoorwonne Portland-span hul sesde liga-wedstryd agtereenvolgens gewen en met 18 liga-punte sy posisie bo-aan die punteleer in Groep-A versterk toe hy met Princeton met 2-1 afgereken het.

Dit was ook Charles Uys (breier) se Princeton-span se eerste nederlaag na ses wedstryde en het in die proses een wedstryd gewen en vier keer gelykop gespeel. Hulle behou tans die vierde plek met sewe punte.

Vir Riedewaan Johnson en sy spelers, het die sege teen Princeton groot vreugde gebring want dit het beteken hy het sy plek in die eindstryd verseker en kan nie meer ingehaal word nie. Die voorloper spog met `n gaping van vier liga-punte tussen hom en die tweede geplaasde Cloetesville wat op 14 liga-punte staan.

Met dit in gedagte sal die vier keer gekroonde kampioen Cloetesville (2008, 2009, 2015 en 2017) teen Portland sy finale liga verpligtinge Saterdag afrond en die Cloetesville breier Gary Jacobs het reeds in verlede week se 3-0 sege teen Westridge dat die Stellenbossers agter Portland se bloed is en beplan om hul teenstander se onoorwonne te beeindig.

Daar wag egter `n uitdaging en bulstryd soos min op Portland maar sal wil bewys hy verdien vanjaar om dalk vir die eerste keer die liga-titel te wen.

Sy gevaarlike wapens veral die strikers Jayden Fransch en Chadley Richards asook Yaseen Hartley kan vir Portland `n belangrike rol speel in die bepaaling van die uitslag.

Terwyl Gary Jacobs sy span se wenhoop rondom die talentvolle Dillon Adams, Shane Simons en Russel Jacobs sal bou.

Dit is egter in Groep-B waar dinge baie interessant verloop en die groep kan eerder deur een van die twee onoorwonne elftalle – die huidige voorbok Mondale (14 punte) of die tweede geplaasde Oval North (12 punte) beklink word.

Nigel Crowie, breier van Mondale het beslis `n moeilike taak ophande om sy spelers voor te brei vir die laaste sleutel-wedstryd teen Tafelsig en weet sy span om eenvoudig dit wen om bo-aan die punteleer in Groep-B te eindig.

Mondale het danksy Luther Jacobs se doel in die doodsnikke net-net aan sy voorsprong op die puntelys vasgeknou toe hy Beacon Hill met 1-0 verslaan het.

Terwyl die “Lion Cubs” van Oval North sy liga veldtog lewendig gehou het toe hy die Seerowers van Strandfontein met 3-0 gepot het.

Met twee liga-punte verskil is daar beslis in die twee kritieke wedstryde baie om voor te speel en met die verwagting dat Oval North vir Glendale behoort te klop is daar ewe groot druk op Mondale se spelers geplaas om met `n spanpoging vorendag te kom wat skrik vir niks.

Andrew Geldenhuys (afrigter) se Tafelsig-span het op hul beurt verlede Saterdag voor Aloe met 1-2 die knie gebuig en afgeskuig tot vierde plek met 10 liga-punte terwyl Theo Fleurs (breier) se Aloe-elftal nou die derde plek vertolk (11 punte) na die sege weens die doele van Curtly van Beilling en Mikyle Davids.

Oor Die algemeen belowe die stryd tussen Tafelsig en Mondale Saterdag op die Rocklands-sportterrein `n uitdaging wat niks anders as in `n sokkerontploffing behoort te ontaard.

Dit is juis van noot dat Mondale se spelers hul sokkies optrek want dit is wat hul breier van Tawfeeq Cupido, Tyreeq Davids en Luther Jacobs sal verwag.

Die uitslae:
Portland 2 (1), Princeton 1 (0): PORTLAND – Yaseen Hartley, Igshaan Smith (eie-doel). PRINCETON – Fayyaad Benhalie.
Cloetesville 3 (1), Westridge 0: CLOETEVILLE – Dillon Adams (2), Shane Simons.
Spine Road 2 (1), Cedar 1 (1): SPINE ROAD – Castro Ndaba (2). CEDAR – Mujied Jefferies.
Rocklands 3 (1), Lentegeur 1 (0): ROCKLANDS – Riedewaan Nicholas, Chad Jackson, Sherwin Arendse (eie-doel). LENTEGEUR – Emile Collision.
Oval North 3 (1), Strandfontein 0: OVAL NORTH – Lyle Appollis, Cody Moses, Taariq Louw.
Woodlands 3 (2), Glendale 0: WOODLANDS – Nathan Baartman (3).
Aloe 2 (0), Tafelsig 1 (1): ALOE – Curtly van Beilling, Mikyle Davids. TAFELSIG – Shamiel Klink.
Mondale 1 (0), Beacon Hill 0: MONDALE – Luther Jacobs.

Die wedstrydbepalings: SAGTERDAG (8 September) – ROCKLANDS: 09:00 – Spine Road t Lentegeur (A), Portland t Cloetesville (B), Westridge t Princeton (C), Rocklands t Cedar (D). 10:15 – Woodlands t Strandfontein (A), Beacon Hill t (B), Tafelsig t Mondale (C), Oval North t Glendale (D).