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LOCAL DERBY SHOWDOWN

The rescheduled Derby match took place on Sunday at Hattingh Park in Primrose  and our ladies arrived in their bright new step outs, ready for a tough match. Being a derby game, league position means little more than the paper it’s printed on, this was a turf war.

After their respective warm ups the teams made their way to the field where Luso Africa took the kick-off. It wasn’t long before the home team were dispossessed and a the ball reached Albuquerque down the line. In true winger style she cut across her opponent forcing a rather harsh foul for which a penalty was awarded.

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Captain Nyandeni stepped up and expertly placed the ball into the net from the penalty spot. (2min)

From the restart, JVW applied the necessary pressure to regain possession and continued forward to create chances, although a few runs were called offsides and some balls were intercepted by the Luso defence.

Come the 27th minute and Albuquerque was in the action again this time passing her defender to deliver the ball across the box to the ever present Dlamini, an easy knock in for the JVW #4.

Ten minutes later it was Seoposenwe who got in on goal and buried her effort, a gift for her tireless running throughout the half. (37min). Straight after the restart it was Seoposenwe on the run again this time providing the assist for JVW top goal scorer Salgado to add another to her tally.

Luso too had opportunities to go forward but lacked competition in the aerial battles against Irwin and Ntsibande. On other occasions when they did get higher up the field JVW Goalkeeper, Whyte was on hand to clean up.

HT: 4-0

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Going into the second half JVW looked to compact the game and conserve energy knowing that they have two games laying in wait this week. More runs, more balls through, opportunities created, shots wide and some great goalkeeping from the opposition kept JVW at bay for long periods.

A ring of changes gave the travelling substitutes some vital minutes to keep their match fitness up. Captain Nyandeni then took it upon herself to increase JVW’s lead running through the opposition lines and slotting another to take her birthday tally to two. (80min)

In the final minutes of the game Nyandeni again managed a lone break through Luso’s defences and unselfishly rolled the ball back to Thobokela who had the honour of sealing the final goal, bagging her fourth in two games. (90min)

All in all a good day over the highway at Hattingh Park for JVW.

 

– Ciara Picco

JvW’s Journey to the Final

After coming out of a difficult stream in Gauteng, JvW had a successful season off the back of determination and desire that resulted in many victories that were merely dreams four years ago. The Sasol Team topped their stream and went on to be crowned Gauteng Champions which set them on their road to Sasol League National Championships.

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The 3 week journey required much discipline from all parties as Banyana Banyana prepared for the AWC with the squad having to train without many key players. Regardless of the disconnected team, the desire to succeed on a national level was instilled throughout every player and so the successful intensity was maintained towards Play-offs.

The team began their first ever playoffs with a highly anticipated match against Western Cape Champions, UWC. Back and forth scoring and many aggressive tackles highlighted the strong contention between the teams but also resulted in many JvW casualties. However, with the score locked at 2-2, Gabriela Salgado found the back of the net for the second time to secure the win for JvW.  Final score: JvW 3-2 UWC. Goal scorers: Linda Motlhalo (pen.), Salgado (2).

The second match would be the group deciding match as Durban Ladies also had their sights set on the top position. Windy conditions and determined opponents made for a tough contest but JvW managed to break Durban Ladies attacking momentum as Amanda Dlamini charged down the line to set up a clean 1st touch finish for Indira Albuquerque.  Final score JvW 1-0 Durban Ladies.

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JvW clenched 1st place in what was widely deemed the group of death. They were drawn to face Coal City Wizards of Mpumalanga in the semi-finals who qualified as the best placed second team. An injury stricken team managed to defy the odds stacked against them and sealed a 1-0 win through a penalty, comfortably converted by Mamello Makhabane.

In the Gauteng-based team’s debut appearance at the National Champs, JvW secured their place in the final and were set to face Free State Champions, Bloemfontein Celtic.  Without the services of Motlhalo who left the morning before the final match for National Duty as well as more than half the team housing injures, JvW were determined to go out and give their very best despite uncontrollable circumstances. Although it was a closely-fought contest, a build-up of momentum for Celtics going forward, and a small lapse in concentration from the JvW defence, lead to Emily Moholoholo scoring the only goal of the game in the 69th minute.

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Despite the loss, JvW walked away proudly with silver medals around their necks and smiles on their faces. The journey to the final was a challenging one to say the least, but JvW showed their resilience and formed a unity that stretches further than any victory could. Additionally, their star midfielder, Makhabane won the Player of the Tournament award and was voted the Player’s Player of the Tournament while Yolula Tsawe was deservedly awarded Goalkeeper of the Tournament.  Other accolades included Albuquerque and Motlhalo winning Diski Queen (Player of the Match) against Durban Ladies and Coal City Wizards respectively.

– Written by Erin Herz

JVW FC crowned Gauteng Sasol League Champions

What we have achieved before us is an opportunistic victory. A victory that most thought was unachievable, and a Victory that we have worked extremely hard for.

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In just 4 years, JVW have climbed the ladder to success!
A victory that started from a 4-year plan has now materialised itself:
We are the 2016 Gauteng Sasol League CHAMPIONS.

This season JVW was drawn in the same stream as 3 time SASOL League Champions, Palace Super Falcons; Defending Champions, Mamelodi Sundowns and other top contenders, making it a difficult stream in which JVW had to work extremely hard to secure a top spot. Having lost and drawn one game a piece, JVW managed to add credentials to its history book by beating top adversaries Sundowns, Falcons and Croesus all in the same year, and remained undefeated at home in 2016.

Throughout the years, and since JVW was first introduced into the SASOL League, the First Team has progressively climbed up the ranks year after year proving that with time, patience and continuous resilience anything is possible and remarkably finished first in the stream ahead of Mamelodi Sundowns on Goal difference.

The dream has now become even more palpable after JVW beat Tuks FC a staggering 6 goals to nil, at the final Provincial playoffs held at Germiston Stadium, to determine the Gauteng Champions. This game was a stern representation of zeal and unmistakable presence that JVW wants to showcase to the rest of the country, that we are a force to be reckoned with.

The opportunity is here, as we critically prepare over the next 3 weeks for the Sasol League National Championships which will be held in Mossel Bay from the 5 – 11 December 2016. The Winning team from each of the 9 provinces will travel to the Western Cape to battle it out to be crowned National Champions.

“We has finally reached our goal of being crowned Gauteng Champions and it’s an achievement we are definitely be proud of. As we step onto the next platform with an overwhelming desire to do the best that we can, our First is and always will be a united team working together towards a common goal. It has been a remarkable journey thus far, and I am certain that we have what it takes to get Gold” – Team Manager, Lauren Duncan added.

Following the Sasol League National Championship draw, JVW have been grouped with Durban Ladies and UWC Ladies.
Fixtures:
6 December 2016: Durban Ladies vs UWC
7 December 2016: UWC vs JVW
8 December 2016: JVW Vs Durban Ladies
9 December 2016: Place playoffs and Semi Finals
10 December 2016: REST DAY
11 December 2016: 3/4th Place match and FINAL

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