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KZN defend senior title at Wits
- Updated: September 17, 2010
Volleyball South Africa’s 2010 Inter-Provincial Tournament (IPT) in the Youth, Junior and Senior divisions in both genders gets underway at Wits University’s Hall 29 from September 22-25.
Billed as VSA’s flagship event the championship promises to be intensely contested as provinces pull out all the stops to be crowned national champions in the respective categories.
KZN, the defending champions in the senior men’s category have been hard at training under Jayson Govender, the country’s first FIVB Level 2 accredited coach. While the KZN team has been strengthened with the signing of Sugen ÔÇ£Big-BenÔÇØ Govender the former SA team middle blocker, Gauteng will be in potent form with the return of SA team setter, Gershon Rorich to the provincial outfit.
Rorich will be looking to plotting the downfall of the defending champions the same way as he did against DUT, KZN’s top men’s team that ended up second best to Rorich’s UJ in the 2010 Champions Cup, Volleyball South Africa’s premier national inter-club tournament.
Sadly, Western Province’s glamour and fighting spirit will be missed at this year’s event as they pulled out of the competition recently citing financial constraints as their reason for not making the trip to Gauteng.
Making a first appearance in the 2010 IPT will be the Over-35 category that will see the stars of yesteryear donning their provincial colours after a long absence to once again “strut their stuffÔÇØ to lift the inaugural silverware. The pundits are placing their bets on a KZN versus Gauteng final which hopes to tip in the former’s favour.