The Men and Women’s Softball teams in Limpopo are gearing up for the National Provincial Championships (NPC) to be held next month. The two provincial teams, affectionately known as Dinare and Dinose respectively, are well encamped in Seshego township, outside Polokwane.

The inter-provincial tourney is slated for March 19 to 23 at the Polokwane Cricket Grounds.

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The annual event is the national game’s Holy Grail in which almost all the provinces converge to exchange bats. It is played under the auspices of Softball South Africa (SSA).

Despite playing on home soil, Dinare and Dinose are bracing themselves for fierce antagonism. They will have plenty to prove that they are the custodians of the national game in a province revered as the home of softball.

Limpopo softball teams prepares for home championship spectacle
Players celebrate during a match in Polokwane

LIMPOPO SOFTBALL TEAMS BRACE THEMSELVES FOR THE NATIONAL PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The men’s head coach, Thapelo Seshoka made a statement of intent that he would reclaim the provincial honour. This is after Limpopo won the NPC seven times in succession, a milestone never accomplished by any other province.

Seshoka’s blueprint to rewrite the provincial history crafted by his predecessor, Lemo Raphasha was to reselect the old guard with international experience to forge a generational mix of veterans and novelty acts.  

Biya Matlala and his female army will have to substantiate that their bronze achievement in Durban last year was not a fluke. Their third position was a ground-breaking feat in the record books of provincial women’s softball.

The team will continue with the training camps over weekends leading to the NPC. The domestic leagues are also in full swing.  

By Moyahabo Mabeba

*MABEBA is LSA’s Head of Marketing and Publicity and also a PRO at Capricorn Sports Confederation.