Spikes pledge to thrash opponents

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mahwelereng Spikes are not only going to defend their softball title of the Tshepo Ncholo Memorial Games in Ekurhuleni this weekend but will also give their opponents free lessons on the ball game.

This was said by determined Spikes' coach Koloi Kekana as they were making their final preparations for the tournament yesterday.

The Snakes will be among eight softball clubs that will take part in the ninth edition of the event that will be staged in Tsakane.

Softball pitches off tomorrow at Faranani diamonds and the final will be staged on Sunday at 3pm.

Football, which also forms part of the games, kicks off from Monday until the last day of the tournament on December 30.

A total of 20 clubs from Ekurhuleni will take part in soccer.

Kekana insisted that they had enough in their arsenal to keep the title in Mahwelereng.

"We have made thorough preparations for this tourney and all the players are ready and raring to go," Kekana said.

The Snakes pipped their Limpopo rivals Seleteng Giant Killers 8-6 in the pulsating final last year.

Killers have also confirmed their participation this year.

Other South African clubs which will compete are Tsakane Marauders and Norman Grills, Edenvale Giants Gold

Khotso Ncholo, the event's organiser, said Paper Club and Vikings - both from Botswana - will also take part in both men and women's categories.

Ncholo also revealed that Lebowa- kgomo Wildbeasts have withdrawn from the event.

They are likely to be replaced by their neighbours Moletlane Texas.

The Wildbeasts' women's team has been replaced by GaRankuwa Generals who were beaten 10-4 by Paper Club in the final last year.

"We expect fireworks in both softball and football categories,

"A lot of people have been talking about these games for a long time and we expect good crowds throughout the matches," " Ncholo said.