simunye on the move

AIMING FOR THE TOP: Guillo 'Sdumo' Marapyane. © Unknown.
AIMING FOR THE TOP: Guillo 'Sdumo' Marapyane. © Unknown.

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Softball South Africa (SSA) president Guillo "S'Dumo" Marapyane believes Simunye, the country's senior softball squad, is ready for success at international competitions.

He was commenting on the back of Simunye's impressive run at the the yearly Zeist Softball Tournament in Holland last week.

Simunye made Meteors of England to sweat before they lost 3-4 to the English club in the quarterfinals.

The South Africans, mentored by astute Tommy "TK" Kgomo, finished on top of Group A after winning their four matches.

They pipped Czech Republic Juniors 4-2 and went on to beat Denmark 4-1.

They recorded a 7-4 victory over pre-tournament favourites USA Air Force and closed their round-robin matches with an emphatic 14-6 win over hosts the Netherlands.

Simunye also beat the hosts 10-6 in a friendly as they prepared for the nine-team tournament.

Marapyane said yesterday: "Our performance in this tourney proved that we are doing something right to up the standard of softball in the country.

"We should be ready to compete against the best in the world at the World Series in Canada next year. I urge the players to continue working hard to ensure the success of the team."

Coach Kgomo said: "We gave a very good account of ourselves in Holland and we can be better if we can play as many tournaments as possible to prepare for the World Series".

Jonathan Viljoen and Renier Viljoen were named the most valuable player and best batter, respectively.