TEAM SPIRIT LEADS WESTERN CAPE TO VICTORY
Written by: Venal Naidu and Shanice Pillay
A spirited performance from the Western Cape’s under 15 volleyball team saw them come from behind to beat the KwaZulu-Natal team in day two of the South African School Sports Championship at the Fred Crookes Sports Centre.
KwaZulu-Natal came out all guns blazing in the first set and won it quite comfortably. Coach of the KZN team, Clinton Pillay, said that the team spirit from Western Cape was the reason for the defeat.
“In the first set we were performing well the boys were quite pumped and it showed as we won quite convincingly, in the second set we got under pressure because Western Province had good team spirit and it showed as the pressure was too much for the boys,” said Pillay.
After going a set down, it was never going to be easy to come back but coach Clinton Stemmet made some changes and focused entirely on comradery.
“We started a bit slowly because of the nerves in the beginning because of the big rivalry between KZN and the Western Cape. In the second set we worked on our comradery and tried to get our team spirit up and as soon as we got together we started to play well,” said Stemmet.
The game ended two sets to one to the Western Cape.
Captain Haydon Eaves said that all credit must go to Coach Loet Groenveld for helping them during their training camp.
“Before the tournament we had a training camp with coach Loet, every mistake we made we had to run, every small mistake that we made in the past really helped us in this game,” said Eaves.
Eaves, who was previously captain of the under-15 team in 2016, believes that his boys can take the trophy.
“Last here I was captain and we didn’t win but this year, I know we can go all the way,” he added.
In other results in the under-17 boys Limpopo beat Mpumalanga by two sets to love in what was a one-sided encounter and in the disability division the under 15 KZN deaf girls team beat Gauteng by two sets to love.
*Caption: Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal fight it out at the Fred Crookes Sport Centre in Durban.