The Limpopo Dinare Softball team has won
all games during the Softball Premier League hosted at Cricket Club, Polokwane
from 18-19 May 2019 over the weekend. Dinare is leading the log with twelve
(12) points from seven matches played followed by Gauteng Gold Spears with ten
(10) points. The league is played under the slogan “GoTlaFisha” which
loosely translated means “It will be hot”. All pronvinces
participated in the Softball Premier League except Northern Cape.
The teams will be jetting-off to Cape
Town for the final leg of the league which will be played at Turfhall
stadium, Cape Town on the 1st June 2019.
Limpopo Coach, Mr Lemmy Raphasha is confident the provincial team will clinch
title. “Automatically we qualify to play the grand final. Number two on
the log will play with number three, while the winner will play against
us,” Coach Lemmy Raphasha indicated.
“This shows we mean business in softball”, he added.
Limpopo has seven players that are
participating in the national team. Taking into cognizance that a softball team
comprises of seventeen players, this is a huge contribution to the sport. The
national team will be competing at Czech Republic. “This shows Limpopo is well developed,
because we have huge representation of players that surpass other provinces. On
the same breath, Limpopo sends two Assistance coaches (one from Polokwane and
the other from Moletlane) to national team.There is also a youngest player on
my team at the age of 19 years”, Coach Raphasha highlighted.
“We promise that come the 1st June
2019,when we return home the trophy will be in our hands. I am confident that we
will come with it. We are the home of Softball,”he promised. Raphasha indicated that in previous years
Limpopo has won the league four years in succession.
The MEC for Sport, Arts and
Culture, Thandi Moraka says he Premier
League was launched in recent weeks. “Just three weeks back I was with the
Minister of Sport and Recreation, Ms
Tokozile Xasa in Gauteng MilPark to launch the Softball Premier League. This
Premier League is incorporating both men and women teams from various
provinces. As you continue playing in the sporting code of softball, bear in mind that this is a very expensive
sporting code that we are implementing as national and provincial government.
Government has invested a lot of resources towards making sure that this sport
is been played in our various provinces”, said MEC Moraka.
Softball in partnership with the
Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa has achieved a big milestone in
the continent. The Softball Premier League is launched in the country and the
first non-racial national league to be played in the country since the dawn of
Softball South Africa was formed in 1995
after the unity negotiations by three previous national associations that
operated along racial lines prior to 1995. The three associations were:
National Softball Association (NSA) from coloured community, African Softball
Association (ASA) from the white community and South African Softball
Federation (SASF) from the black community.
The following are results for Limpopo team against various provinces:
Mpumalanga vs Limpopo 7-16
2 . Limpopo vs Free State 13-1
Western Cape vs Limpopo 6-13
4. Limpopo vs North West 11-2
5. Limpopo vs Gauteng 3-1
6. Limpopo vs Eastern Cape 15-0
7. Kwa-Zulu Natal vs Limpopo 1-7