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Kutlwano rake in P270 000 from 2015 league

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Kutlwano Volleyball Club emerged the biggest winners from the 2015 Mascom Volleyball League awards last Thursday, amassing a total of P270 000 in prize money for both the league and the Top 8 championship.

They say their phenomenal success story for both the men and women teams this past season is attributable to more than just their prowess in tactical and technical skills on the field of play.

After almost sweeping all the stakes at the awards last week, Kutlwano have attributed part of their success to developing character in their players, which later translates to success on the court. “We make sure that we instil a sense of humility and dignity in our players when they join the club,” revealed Kutlwano spokesperson Keamogetse Motse in an interview.

Motse said they focus on building character in their players so that they understand where they initially started when they reach greater heights in the game. “Our teams usually consist of a mixture of both new and   experienced players, you would wonder why a seasoned player like Shadrack Kapeko is still playing.”

For winning the year-long league on both the men’s and women’s categories, the club made P200 000 from the first prize money of P100 000 per category. Moreover, Kutlwano men’s team walked away with P40 000 for winning the Mascom Volleyball Top 8 championship while their women made P30 000 from finishing as runners up in the Top 8 tournament.

However, this may have been the last league awards for the sport after Mascom announced before the event that they were pulling out from sponsoring the league – a development that is bound to adversely affect individual volleyball teams in the league.

Quizzed on how this move will affect her team, Motse said they have not received any communication about the issue from the BVF. “We are very much aware of the announcement but I cannot comment any further as the BVF office has not said anything to us.”

Nevertheless, Motse said it would be tragic for teams if the sponsor pulls out of the league. “Luckily, from our side we have a running sponsorship with a local insurance company, Exclusive. They have been sponsoring us since 2011. The sponsorship has been helping us with transport for players and buying equipment.”

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Well-endowed Galaxy

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FIRE POWER: Galaxy await Rollers

It is only the third week of the 2018/19 BTC Premiership and things are already heating up. Leading the charge is a marauding Jwaneng Galaxy who have already thrown a heavy-handed gauntlet at their rivals after recording a highly impressive 10 goals in just two games.

Galaxy’s intention has been made clear this season after leaving their first two opponents with bloody noses and tails tucked between their legs. The former Mascom Top 8 champions are in a relentless war path with the premier league title on their radar. This weekend, Galaxy host bitter rivals Township Rollers in Jwaneng in what is expected to be a football grudge match. Rollers have been a prickly thorn in Galaxy’s quest to claim the premiership silverware for the past two seasons.

This means the weekend fixture will be the most compelling of the new season. However, Galaxy seem to be packing more heat coming into the Saturday fixture having annihilated both Prisons XI (5-0) and Security Systems (5-0). Galaxy are currently occupying first position alongside second place Sharps Shooting Stars at six points apeice. The game against Popa this weekend will be a litmus test for Galaxy. If the Debswana backed side beats the reigning champions they will establish themselves as potential contenders for the 2018/19 title honours. On the flipside, a loss against Rollers will only mean the first two games were short of a bluff.

Pound for pound Mapalastina have the best squad in the domestic league but a new look Galaxy are well endowed in their own right. In an interview this week, Galaxy spokesperson Tankiso Morake said they played Rollers three times last season and all the games ended in a draw. “Remember we played Rollers in the Mascom Top 8 in Lobatse,” an up-beat Morake said. Morake further said they expected their new coach to receive his permits and start manning the bench when they play Rollers this weekend. “Our supporters have told us that they expected nothing less than league honours this season.” Morake attributes the positive result to a great pre-season.

“You will remember that there was a fake list in the media indicating that we have parted ways with most of our players. You can see that the likes of Ayanda Molefe and Isaac Paeye are still part of the team. There is a lot of competition in our team because we mostly have young players in the team including Lebogang Ditsile who played at Highlands Park in South Africa.” Furthermore, Morake conceded that Rollers are a strong team but argued that they will win the games from the technical bench. “You will remember that we started the last season back tracking but this time things are different.”

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Bridge team fails to impress

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The local team comprised of under 16, under 21 and under 26 categories. In an interview this week, BBF spokesperson Mbakiso Malilo did not mince his words when he described the team’s performance as terrible with all the three teams failing to qualify for the quarter finals.

“Making it to the quarter finals was our target following a good showing in the online championship by our junior team. I believe we can work on improving the playing standard for kids (under 16) as they still stand a chance to compete in the under 21 and under 26 categories for future championships,” he said.

However, Malilo explained that the local youth team gained a lot of experience as the played against more advanced rivals. Quizzed on challenges they faced with a predominantly youthful team, Malilo said: “the trip was too long and for most of the players this was their first experienced of travelling such a great distance. The jet lag ended up affecting the team’s performance as they showed signs of fatigue.” Malilo said their objective was to train young players and give them exposure to the game early on.

“We managed to network with bridge power houses like the Netherlands. Official from the European country expressed interest in training our kids through bridge clinics and enhancing the standard of play and bidding.” Malilo said they selected the junior team that travelled to China through local tournament that was held in Gaborone earlier this year. The tournament was attend by mostly tertiary school students and out of school youth in the junior and youngsters’ category. For the under 16 category we invited student from secondary schools.

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