Annual Masters Tournament set to sizzle

Volleyball players in action at a previous tournament.

Excitement is building ahead of the third annual Masters Tournament, hosted by eThekwini Volleyball and UKZN Volleyball. The third edition of the competition will take place at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Westville Sports Centre from July 28-29. It is an event which embodies an incredible sense of nostalgia as some of the best players of yesteryear, descend on the province in club colours.

They may not be as agile and athletic as they used to be during their heydays but the over-40 tournament stills produces plenty of thrills on the court. “We are hoping that this tournament will replicate the excitement and excellence that were witnessed in the past two years,” eThekwini Volleyball president, Marcellino Nyar said.  “It’s not just the competitiveness of the game but the life-long friendships and camaraderie that keeps the masters players coming back,” he added.

This year’s competition promises to be one of the best and biggest yet with 24 male teams and eight female sides from around the country in the draw. “The idea to host a tournament like this came from the interest of the older players that wanted to start playing on a social level,” Nyar explained.

He continued, “Such is our passion for the game, that the word quickly spread around to all players, even outside of the province. Once again we will host the tourney with assistance from UKZN Volleyball Club.”

Defending champions, Delfos will be back to defend their title. It will not be easy for the Gauteng based outfit however with the likes of Dolphins, Liberte, Starlings and All Star Saints all expected to deliver a big challenge for honours.

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Meanwhile, Tongaat’s very own high flyers, Watsonia and Dolphins Ladies are strong favourites to win the women’s crown. The Gauteng contingent will be a force to be reckoned with as well.

The tournament is made possible through a generous sponsorship from the Geness Foundation for the third successive year. The goal of the Geness foundation is to positively change African lives through supporting and establishing projects that respond to the critical development needs of humanity in the arena of health, education, entrepreneurship and sport. 

Former KZN and Avoca Volleyball player, Sunil Geness who is the co-founder of the foundation, believes that the institutionalization of the annual masters tournament, serves to foster a greater purpose beyond the legacy of the former players.

“To this end, GENESS expects the next generation of great players to benefit from the individual and collective coaching and mentoring of masters players and their respective clubs, in order to propel South African volleyball towards participation at the Olympics,” Geness said. Entrance for spectators is free of charge.

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