On the ball

The fourth round of the SA Wheelchair Rugby League kicked off at the Groenkloof Sports Centre in Pretoria with high expectations as a new team made their debut at the event.

This round welcomed Eagles (Cape Town), Bullfrogs (East London), Tuks (Pretoria), as well as Rebels - a mixed team including athletes from Mustangs, Tuks, Brits and Cobras.

Games kicked off with each team facing three matches over the course of the weekend, with a pivotal match between the Bullfrogs and Tuks which would determine who would retain or reclaim the leader position on the log and in turn host the final.

Making their first appearance in the league, the Rebels played surprisingly well for a team who had not yet played together. Under the direction of Jaco Dorfling, SA's former national coach, the team proved to be a good contender.

Eagles, Bullfrogs and Tuks all attended this league facing their games without some of their key athletes, either due to illness, or injury.

From the previous league's results, Tuks and Bullfrogs were definitely both under pressure to claim a victory, with the possibility of results going either way. The spectator turnout for this match particularly was most welcome. After a contentious battle Tuks won the match that resulted in an additional playoff match being added to the end of the day's program. The pressure was still apparent early in their second game where after Tuks took the lead with a convincing win over the Bullfrogs to secure first and second place on the log respectively.

Tuks will now host the final in Pretoria at the Groenkloof Sports Centre on 24 November 2012.

All the games over the weekend were exciting to watch with some teams introducing some promising new athletes. It was great to see the camaraderie on and off the court with experienced athletes showing encouragement and great sportsmanship towards developing athletes.

The new National coach for SA WCR was announced recently and congratulations go to Bennie Dorfling with well wishes and all the success in his new appointment.

All matches to date and going forward into 2013 are in preparation for the IWRF 2013 Asia-Oceania Championship. South Africa has recently won the bid to host this championship which will be held in Pretoria from 18 - 24 November 2013. Countries who will be competing are Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand & South Africa. The competition is a qualifying tournament for the 2016 Paralympics. Countries targeted for future development are Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Caledonia and United Arab Emirates.

Anyone who would like further information on wheelchair rugby, to enquire about joining a club or to arrange a sponsorship please contact your nearest club:

Gauteng Hand Cycling Race Club

GHRC is a group of hand-cyclists that formed a cyber club in order to promote hand-cycling in Gauteng. For the past 4 years we have held regular time trials and participated in cycle races and fun rides. In 2011 we included all and any para-cyclists and invited them to join us on the time trials. It has been interesting to see how everyone's times have improved year on year. One of our members, Lesibana Masela from Pretoria qualified for GN Colours for road race for winning a bronze medal at the Disabled Cycling Championships in Durban in March this year.

Some of our members can be seen regularly training in the Muldersdrift Cradle of Mankind area, where we hold some of the Time Trials and demo days. Our numbers have grown from the original two founding members of GHRC to over 30 people who own hand-cycles in Gauteng and North West province, and the numbers are growing daily. 

This website is also used to promote the Toer de Kaap hand-cycle tour - 6 days of handcycling, 545km of the most beautiful scenery imaginable, run every February just after the OCC race in George. This tour, affectionately known as the TDK, is the breeding ground of champions, this is where Stuart McCreadie got his first taste of handcycling.

Anyone who would like further information on wheelchair rugby, to enquire about joining a club or to arrange a sponsorship please contact your nearest club: