Young and old were kept active in various sporting codes, such as soccer and netball, during the year in review.  The Mabaleng Beer Lounge was expected to host the ever popular holiday games in the next few weeks.  Photos: TK Mashaba

Sporting highlights and lowlights galore


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The most prominent highlight for the sporting calendar, perhaps, was when Bela-Bela’s Michael Makhubela was named the Limpopo Sports Administrator of the Year.

Ploughing back to his underlings at Kamplits Volleyball Club, Makhubela the team coach donated his R20 000 prizemoney to the team ahead of an international tournament.

On a sad note, the lowlight for the sporting calendar year was the untimely passing of young soccer player, Khensani Msimango, who featured prominently during the Mabaleng Games at Bela-Bela.

The Mabaleng Games were one of the most prominent highlights for the year 2017, with logistical and other support by Dr Oupakie Masemola.

The BEAT’s foot soldier, TK Mashaba, returned from the games with some stunning pictures.

In these games young and old showcased their skills ranging from soccer to netball.

In all fairness soccer – supposedly the most prominent sporting code in the Waterberg – disappointed in many ways.

The first downfall was when Rapotokwane village wonder-boys, Qualitho FC, failed to make headway during the SAB Region League promotional play-offs.

In recent weeks the Waterberg’s last hope in the lucrative Nedbank Cup, Palala FC of Lephalale, failed to proceed to the provincial showdown, again leaving the regional soccer family with egg in the face.

On a positive note though, during the month of March, the Addicted to Life Athletics Club of Modimolle did the home region proud by doing well during a marathon in Secunda, Mpumalanga.

Back to soccer, while the previous season was dominated by Rapotokwane Qualitho FC, the current SAB Region League season looked different, with a three-way tussle for top honours between Boys 2 Men FC, Bela-Bela Pirates FC and Diesel ‘n Dust FC, also from Bela-Bela.

Interestingly, new Diesel ‘n Dust team manager, Gilbert Gyampong, has been ringing in the changes in the technical department. 

4 months ago       13 December 2017