picture: lonwabo marele
A number of teams in the men’s and women’s local metropole and neighbouring districts took part in the one day tournament on Saturday.
Numerous Western Cranes women’s team players donned their club shirts to compete for South Peninsula Volleyball Club, UWC and the Saints.
Tournament organiser, Granville Moralie said he is a part of the Western Cape volleyball team responsible for coordinating league fixtures.
He said the weekend’s tournament invited teams from outside the district as well as in the metropole to compete.
“Although it is a bit cold, you can see the enthusiasm of people. That is the fun of volleyball, it is about camaraderie and team spirit. If you’re missing out you’re only missing out because you’re not here. The warmth comes in terms of that feeling once you’re on the court and when you’re joined with your team in this exciting tournament we have here today,” he said.
He said the initial focus was to have a memorial tournament but because of the numbers and people involved, they decided to have an open tournament, postponing the memorial tournament for August.
“We are hoping to host a masters tournament also in August, also here, focusing on women 30 years and up and men 40 years and up,” he said.
Moralie said the tournament would help some of the provincial women’s team players with some game time ahead of the national league games in Johannesburg in two weeks time.
Moralie said nationally, volleyball has a strong growth in the masters section, with Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal dominating in most age groups. Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal has more than 100 teams combined.
“In the province we have about 20 teams participating in all age groups but we hope to improve that with the masters because there are growing numbers in that section.
“In the district we have about 300 and odd players and in the wider Western Cape we have over 400 players but the numbers are set to increase later this year. It’s looking good,” he said.
Moralie said in the masters section the requirements for volleyball focus more on passion and being physically fit.
“It’s for people who want to be healthy and try to revive the spirit of being active.
“We have started to see growth in terms of capacity coming out so we are hoping to get at least in the region of about 600 registered volleyball players,” he said.