Gauteng All-Star Games back with a bang and now includes Netball!

Following a fruitful maiden appearance in 2019, SportSense in partnership with the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation is set to host the much-anticipated second edition of the Gauteng All-Star Games.

This unparalleled, one-day sporting extravaganza will now include netball, one of the country’s most popular sporting codes, in addition to women’s football. The tournament will take place at Tsakane Stadium in Tsakane, Ekurhuleni on Sunday, 22 March. Entry will be FREE for all members of the public.

“The Gauteng All-Star Games is a premier tournament which creates an opportunity to high-level access to competition for women’s sport. It also creates awareness and encourages young girls to continue participating in sport, especially since they get to mingle with their sporting heroes,” said Moonira Ramathula, Gauteng All-Star Games Tournament Director.

“The addition of netball to the tournament helps further emphasize our aims to holistically grow women’s sport, in terms of participation and garnering the support of the wider public” Ramathula added.

The four teams in each sport – featuring the best of the past, present and future – will be captained by some of the biggest names of the game. The football teams will be led by current Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk, along with Banyana alumni, Portia Modise, Lydia Monyepao and Hilda Magaia. While former player and now SPAR Proteas assistant coach, Dumi Chauke, along with Nonhle Gwavu, Mampho Tsotetsi and Simi Mdaka will be skippering the new netball All-Star teams.

Both football and netball matches will take place simultaneously, and will see a mix of international experience and youthful exuberance on display when current and legendary Banyana Banyana and SPAR Proteas players challenge head-on the youngsters from the respective regional and provincial levels, including the Sasol Gauteng Women’s League and Telkom Netball League.

Thapelo Magola Soweto Sunrise News.

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