Tag: Sasol League

FIVE CALLED TO NATIONAL DUTY

South Africa’s Senior Women’s National team as well as the U20 Women’s team will be taking part in the 2019 COSAFA Women’s Championships in Port Elizabeth from 31 July – 11 August.

Fresh from the world cup, Janine van Wyk and Mamello Makhabane have been called for duty. Makhabane, currently on 98 caps, will head into the tournament with hopes to reach her 100th cap for South Africa, should she make appearances in the tournament.

Midfielder Robyn Moodaly, has also been called up to Banyana Banyana after an absence in the national team since the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil. Moodaly will add a new dynamic into the fold since returning from USA collegiate football, and playing a major role in JVW’s first round Sasol league Campaign.

The South African Senior Women’s National Team has been drawn in a group with Malawi, Comoros and Madagascar.

Jessica Wade as well as Sarah Walker have been named to the U20 Women’s National team. Recently having come back from an international tournament in China, the team will be looking to put up a good performance in their first ever COSAFA tournament. They will face Zimbabwe, Namibia and Malawi in their group with the first matches kicking off on Thursday, 1 August 2019.

Banyana Banyana will be looking to continue their run in defending their title this year, whilst Bastesana will be working towards their first title. Both teams have arrived in Port Elizabeth ahead of the tournament.

Banyana Banyana Fixtures:

31/07/2019 South African vs Comoros 15:30

02/08/2019 South Africa vs Malawi 15:30

05/08/2019 South Africa vs Madagascar 12:45

08/08/2019 Semi Finals

10/08/2019 3rd/4th Playoff

11/08/2019 Finals

 

Basetsana Fixtures:

01/08/2019 South Africa vs Zimbabwe 14:00

03/08/2019 South Africa vs Namibia 14:00

05/08/2019 South Africa vs Mozambique 10:00

08/08/2019 Semi Finals

10/08/2019 3rd/4th Playoff

11/08/2019 Finals

DEBUTANTS SHINE IN FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON

Making a mark in their first match of the year, all five new additions had a feel for the 2019 Sasol League bagging their first win of the Season with their team.

Schulz, Wade and Moodaly were named in the starting XI against Nicko Taurus yesterday, whilst Walker and Ludwig both made their debuts in the second half of the match.

The first team went out with a bang. Nomathemba Ntsibande opened the scoring and netted the first goal in the 9th minute from the penalty spot after Gabriela Salgado was brought down in the box.

JVW made sure they stuck to their game plan, with Salgado scoring the second before the half time break and third shortly after the start of the second half with both assists coming from Captain on the day, Ntisbande. Continuing with full steam, Ludwig who came on for Sandisiwe Nohayi at the break, scored her debut goal in the 57th minute, and was unlucky not to score a second just minutes later after a cross from Natalia Valentine was misread by the young forward.

Not leaving any stone unturned, and firing away while their Banyana Banyana counterparts are away on National Duty, the first team continued to pile on the pressure. Wade managed to bag her first goal of the year after her shot deflected off the Nicko Taurus defender into the goal to make it 5-0, whilst Ludwig scored her brace in the 78th minute from an assist by Goalkeeper Yolula Tsawe.

The match ended 6 – 0.

“Firstly I would like to congratulate the ladies for the victory. It wasn’t going to be easy coming up against a side that had already played 2 games and were log leaders but we had a game plan and I’m glad we stuck to it hence the result.

We looked at the first half and how they played, tried to capitalise and take advantage of their mistakes in the 2nd half, which worked for us. A few team goals, which was refreshing to see and those are all the positives we take into our next match

A big congratulations also to all the debutants who came in and played like they’ve been with the team for a long time already” – added Player of the match Ntsibande

 

The Bedfordview based team will travel to newly promoted Lusaka Ladies next week Saturday.

 

 

DEVELOPMENT PLAYERS PROGRESS TO THE JVW FIRST TEAM

The JVW FC First team kick-start their 2019 Sasol League campaign when they host Nicko Taurus at the Bedfordview Country Club today (Saturday, 6 April 2019).

Kickoff is at 13h00.

Following hot on the heels of resigning midfielder Robyn Moodaly, comes the announcement of four young stars being promoted to the first team – Jessica Wade, Nicola Schulz, Sarah Walker and Isabella Ludwig – all of whom were part of the South African U-17 Women’s National Team (Bantwana) pool at some point.

Wade (15), who has been with the club for 5 years, was an integral part of the squad that played at the 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay, while Schulz (18) missed out on an opportunity to make the U17 National Team after tearing her ACL in the final selections just over two years ago.

Sarah Walker (17) took home a gold medal at the Future Champs tournament with SAFA Johannesburg, which was played at the Nike Football Centre in Soweto.

Ludwig (17) participated in the U19 Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Showcase in February – USA’s largest international youth tournament hosting over 700 teams from 20 countries. She appeared in the colours of Downtown Las Vegas FC as a guest player.

Both Walker and Ludwig have been promoted from (JVW) Randburg FC, coached by Banyana Banyana’s Gaby Salgado – 2018 Top Goalscorer, who is a regular in the JVW FC first team.

The duo won the 2018 Rand Central Local Football Association league and cup double with Randburg FC.

With development being a key focus of the club, the signing of these four players have proved that the objectives are being met and players are able to progress through the structure.

What will also work in the players’ favour and could fast-track their development is the fact that they will now be playing alongside their long time idols – Banyana Banyana players, Captain Janine van Wyk, Midfielders Nompumelelo Nyandeni and Mamello Makhabane as well as former Senior Women’s National Team skipper Amanda Dlamini.

 

The quartet is eligible for selection to play against Nicko Taurus later today.

ROBYN MOODALY RESIGNS WITH JVW

It’s been 5 years since Robyn Moodaly left JVW, after receiving a bursary in the States at AIB in Iowa, where she was able to concentrate on her studies and play college football.

Following her return to South Africa, Moodaly, who has 14 caps for Banyana Banyana has rejoined the bedfordview based club for the 2019 Sasol League Season. Moodaly who joins the likes of Nompumelelo Nyandeni, Amanda Dlamini, Gabriela Salgado, Alochia Thobokela and Mamello Makhabane in the middle of the park will add a little more spice to the team, as they look for a qualification spot at this years Sasol League Playoffs.

“Robyn is the perfect balance of youth and experience. A young dynamic player who has already made a name for herself locally and abroad, we couldn’t be happier to welcome her to the JVW Family.” – Head Coach Ciara Picco on Moodaly’s signing.

On completion of her signing, we sat down with Robyn to ask a few questions…

Q: How does it feel to be back playing on African soil?

RM: It’s feels great to be back home. The style of football is so different in South Africa and I love how I can express myself a lot more. I am so excited to be playing with my former teammates and club again , it feels like I never left.

Q: What are you looking to accomplish with your JVW this season?

RM: I’m excited to share my experiences and creativity with the team and ensuring that I do what’s expected of me, so that as a club we finish top of the log at the end of the season.

Q: What do you enjoy the most about being at JVW?

RM: What I enjoy the most is playing and training amongst past and current national team players, which ensures that training is always at a high intensity and a very competitive level. Also the unity and belief between the players is what distinguishes JVW as a club.

Q: What have you brought back from the U.S that has positively impacted your game?

RM: Being back home I get to share all my knowledge and experiences gained from being in America. American football is a completely different ball game compared to South Africa, but the two combined could be very affective and could possibly benefit JVW as a team.

Q: Describe JVW in 3 Words

RM: Ambitious, Opportunistic, Professional

 

“The mood on the training field is one of driven intent and cohesion. As a team we are aware of the enormity of the season ahead and what is at stake, not only in the league but also with players preparing to compete at the FIFAWWC. Now, only the very best will do.” added Picco

 

JVW will kick off their 2019 Campaign at 13:00 on Saturday, 30 March, against Palace Super Falcons at Rabie Ridge Stadium.

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 kick off the Sasol league with a win

The long wait is over, and the highly anticipated 2018 Gauteng SASOL League started off with an intense first fixture for JVW FC, who encountered Pretoria-Based TUKS at home on the 7th April.

Supporters arrived in their numbers to witness, what was said to be, a fantastic opening match to this years edition of the Provincial Sasol league.

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JVW went out in full force and created several chances in front of goal, which constantly kept the TUKS defense on their toes. TUKS resisted a few attempts but the seal was eventually broken when a pass to Mamello Makhabane was scrambled in the box causing a failed clearance by the TUKS centre back, resulting in an own goal.

Although JVW continued to put pressure on the travelling team, the score-line was held 1-0 until the halftime break.

For JVW, and after a splendid 45 minutes, Makhabane made way for Ntisbande who was pushed further up the field with Ferreira slotting in alongside Vice Captain, Nicole Irwin in the Centre Back role. TUKS seemed rejuvenated entering the second half with a new strategy, putting more pressure on JVW.

The supporters watched closely in anticipation when the opposing team were awarded a freekick just outside the box. TUKS Skipper, Regina Mogolola stepped up to take the kick, however Yolula Tsawe had her area covered and miraculously saved the shot after it took a deflection off the JVW wall.

After a long and intense ninety mins, JVW walked away with a win and secured all 3 points at home in their first SASOL League encounter.

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With a great performance all round, debutant, Alochia Thobekela, scooped the player of the match award which was sponsored by Bexter SA and Bowen SA.

2018 Signings, Natalia Valentine and Nomathemba Ntsibande also made their debut for JVW in the Starting XI.

JVW Starting XI:

Tsawe (GK), Herz, Ntsibande, Irwin, Joss, Salgado, Nyandeni (c), Thobokela, Albuquerque, Valentine

Subs:

Nohayi, Whyte (GK), Mnomiya, Ferreira, Mabena, Mashigo

JVW Announce First Signing Of 2018

Alochia ThobokelaJVW Football Club has announced Alochia Thobokela as their first new signing ahead of the 2018 Season and joins the Bedfordview-based women’s club from 2017 Gauteng Sasol League Provincial Winners, Mamelodi Sundowns. Thobokela, also known as ‘Alo’ brings with her a wealth of experience which she has gained over the years during her spells with Banyana Banyana in 2010 and 2014, as well as her massive input to the Sundowns Ladies team winning the National Championship twice and the Provincial Stream three times since the formation of the Sasol League in 2009.

Upon her signing Alo spoke very fondly of the JVW Program, and her greatest admiration for our Founder, Janine van Wyk who she had the pleasure of playing alongside while in camp with the Senior Women’s National Team.

“My main focus for 2018 is to help my team win the league” stated Thobokela when asked about her move to JVW. “I am also excited to share my experiences with my new teammates and help the younger players better their game too. I feel very honoured to be part of the JVW Family and am looking forward to meeting up with the team at our first Pre Season practice. I have realised that JVW focuses more on grooming and developing players and it is such a great team with a lot of young players who are keen to learn and improve their game.” She added.

Thobokela signs with JVW at an exciting time, and joins the teams hopes of winning the provincial Sasol League and being able to qualify for the recently announced Women’s Professional League which is set to be launched in 2019. “Our intention is to go out, play hard and contest for the Gauteng title. We have signed new players this year who we feel will make a positive impact to the First team, as well as adding more depth to ensure we have players that can benefit the team in various ways.” Added Head Coach Ciara Picco.

My road to recovery – Rosa ‘Nana’ Nzima

The 2016 Gauteng Sasol League was extremely competitive as no match was a guaranteed win, even though we had confidence going into each game we also knew that we needed to work hard and put in the extra work just to make sure we win the league. I was happy with our overall performance and of course my own, which led us to the National Championships, representing the Gauteng Province.

The National Champs is a great experience for any team, as you get to learn a lot and understand the style of football that the teams in the different provinces use. I am extremely proud with how the championships ended, even though we did not win the tournament, we gained the best experience especially for our younger players in the team, who I believe really outdid themselves. The confidence that they are displaying now shows that they have learnt a lot and I personally think that this was our greatest achievement in 2016.

Going into the 2017 season, we were all rearing to get started after our fantastic show in the previous year. In our first few games in the league we managed to bring home maximum points which was a good sign of continuity. Going into the TUKS game, I felt strong as I had been performing well, but that was the game that put my 2017 campaign on hold. I made an overlapping run from the back towards the goal, when I was tackled by the TUKS Defender. I just remember screaming for help, with tears streaming down my face. I knew it wasn’t a small injury. The pain was excruciating and I could feel it all the way up my leg, but I just prayed that I would be ok and it wasn’t too serious. After being rushed to hospital and receiving the bad news that I had two clean breaks in my leg, I just couldn’t come to terms that this was the end.

At that time, I just wanted to forget about soccer, as the only thing I felt was emotional and physical pain. I started reflecting on the great 2016 season I had and just when I started enjoying my football again and giving my all, this happens. I kept thinking that maybe I should forget about playing soccer and rule myself out.

On the day of my surgery, I spent a few hours thinking if people who don’t know me believe I can play again. JVW recommended the best Orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Human at the Olivedale clinic, who reassured me that there would be a possibility that I could play again. I started being positive, thinking that I have been down this road before and came back stronger, and now I need to do the same. Many thoughts went through my head but the one that stuck out was how Dylan Shepard, the Bidvest Wits Midfielder, who succumbed to the same injury as me is still playing now, so what can actually stop me?!  My team, JVW and of course my family continuously reminded me of how strong I am and how soon I would be back on the field, which kept me sane. The surgery was a success and on my regular visits to the surgeon, he always reassures me that my road to recovery will be a successful one, and of course he knows best.

Now 4 months post-surgery I am able to cycle daily for 15 minutes which is starting to help in the rebuilding of my muscle in my leg and to get movement as well. The one thing I personally believe has helped me through this injury is my Positive attitude and mind-set. The fact that I see and feel wanted by my team to be back better and stronger than ever is definitely another factor.

I am looking forward to joining my team for field training mid-October and should be able to join my team full time in 2018 for the new Sasol League season.

My advice to players struggling with injuries, is to never rush your healing process. Take time to heal and see medical personnel who will help and guide you to full recovery. Be patient and remember the talent of football is in you and no one can take that away from you.

– JVW First Team Defender, Rosa ‘Nana’ Nzima #13

 

 

Balancing motherhood and football

In a women’s world, we strive to maintain our home and work life which can sometimes put strain on our choices to pursue a career in sport. We caught up with JVW FC Centre back Nicole Irwin, who recently made a comeback to the Sasol League after becoming a mom.

Q1. How do you balance motherhood and football?

N.I: It’s extremely difficult to find a balance between my passion for football and my duties as a mother. I am lucky that I have an extremely supportive family and my son’s father supports my football and this above all allows me to better balance the two.

Q2. Did you ever think that you would continue to play at a high level after having a child?

N.I: Absolutely! One of my post-baby goals was to make a comeback by getting fit to play at least one more season. I want my son to know that his mom worked hard and followed her passion regardless of the circumstances .

Q3. Has raising your son compromised your football in any way?

N.I: Yes it has to some degree but none that I regret. I don’t get to train like the other players do. Santiago attends training with me so it’s hard to have 100% focus, but I do my best. Sometime when he gets sick I have to put my football second, which puts strain on my team as I do not believe I am as fit as I should be, but my son will always come first.

Q4. What is the most challenging thing about being a mom and playing in the Sasol League?

N.I: I think the most challenging thing is being a single mother. I haven’t spent a full weekend with Santiago since Pre-season started and that is probably the hardest thing in my personal capacity. However my training schedule and ‘commitment’ to every training is also affected when things arise that are out of my control, but i try to balance it as much as I can with the help and support from my family.

Q5: Do you think it would be easier if we had a Professional League in South Africa?

N.I: It would obviously impact my decision to continue playing football if there were a Professional league, as we wouldn’t have to juggle work and football and still ‘home-life’. It has been a dream of almost every player in this country to play in a Professional League and I would definitely want to be part of that.

Q6: Do you feel that your football career may be cut short if there is no Professional League?

N.I: Football Career? (Chuckles) I would like to try and play one more season, especially now that Santi is getting older but my schedule is really tough and I never want to regret putting my child second so I will obviously make that decision at the end of each season.

 

The First Team’s Bittersweet Victory

JVW travelled to Hatfield on Sunday, scheduled to play the University of Pretoria in their sixth match of the 2017 Sasol League.

Kick off, however was slightly delayed and the match commenced just before 13:00.

TUKS took full control of the game from the first whistle, and opened the score line in the 8th minute after a defensive error, leaving JVW on the backfoot and having to fight hard to come back.

Pushing hard for their first goal of the encounter, the First team took a big knock in the early minutes after Fullback, Nzima, was tackled hard and brought down in the box.

Nzima, commonly known as ‘Nana’, has succumbed to her second major injury in her playing career thus far, after suffering an ankle injury in 2015 against JVW whilst playing for Croesus Ladies. Nana made a comeback in 2016, where she joined Bedfordview-based, JVW FC, and went on to win the Gauteng Title and finished along with her team, as Runners up at the Sasol National Championships.

Whilst the medics were attending to Nana, the team gathered and they swiftly managed to relook at their tactics, to make sure that they were not leaving UP Sports Grounds without a win. A yellow card was shown to the offender and a penalty given to the travelling team, but the TUKS Goalkeeper made use of her quick reflexes and pulled off a save to keep her team in the lead. An early substitution had to be made and Herz made her way onto the park, whilst the medics were working quickly to get Nzima off to the nearest hospital.

JVW finally pulled one back in the 24th minute after Defender, Irwin, tapped the ball into the back of the net after a slight scramble in the box from a set piece. This gave JVW the boost they needed, helped them find their feet and they finally put their game plan to the test. Slowly taking the game away from the strong home team, JVW managed to take the lead before the half time break thanks to Albuquerque’s shot on goal following an immaculate through ball from the Captain, Nyandeni.

The second half proved to be of a physical and competitive temperament, and a decent sized crowd shouted their support from the sidelines. Nyandeni, Motlhalo and Salgado worked wonders in the middle of the park, keeping everyone entertained with their diski-style moves. The third goal of the match and a brace from Albuquerque, set the tone for the rest of the day.

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Another set piece from the penalty spot was awarded to the Away team in the 66th minute, after Motlhalo was brought down in the box denying her a goal-scoring opportunity. It was all eyes on JVW’s First Choice Goalkeeper, Yolula Tsawe, who stood up with the hopes of writing her name on the Score Sheet, and managed to do just that! With the win secured and another three vital points added to their standing, JVW slowed the pace down for the final minutes after Joss secured the fifth and final goal for her team.

Although the team walked away on a high with another victory under their belt, the realisation of Nzima’s traumatic injury in the first half finally set in, and it was with great shock and sadness that the team had to hear of the terrible news.

Nzima has been ruled out of the rest of the 2017 Sasol League, after fracturing her tibia and fibia in her left leg and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday afternoon.

“This is devastating news for the team especially so early on in the Season. Nana is a key player in the first team and made a great impact in the 2016 Season. We had a scare with Nana at the National Champs, and were relieved when it wasn’t too serious. Now just five months later, we have to deal with more bad news… But it’s football, and we are sticking together as a family to ensure that Nana’s road to recovery is a smooth one, and that she can return to the field as soon as she has recovered. We would like to wish her everything of the best for her surgery today, and a speedy recovery.” – Lauren Duncan

STARTING XI: Tsawe, Nzima, Irwin, Maponya, Ferreira, Joss, Bennett, Nyandeni, Motlhalo, Salgado, Albuquerque

SUBS: Herz (in for Nzima), Sehoole (in for Bennett), Mabena (in for Albuquerque), Nohayi