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Mini Hockey: Spur Riverside Festival

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Children from all walks of life will be coming together on the 16th of June – Youth Day – to participate in the biggest mini hockey festival in South Africa. Riverside Sports in Durban North will play host to this year’s Spur Riverside Festival where kids between the ages of 6 and 13 years old will be gathering with one common objective in mind – pure hockey enjoyment.

According to Derek Field, Head of Riverside Hockey Club’s Junior Division, the objective of the Spur Riverside Festival is to celebrate the youth within the KZN community through the fun and action-packed sport of hockey. “The Spur Riverside Festival has become a highlight in the clubs and local community’s sporting calendar. This year families can look forward to lots of activity both on and off the pitch with music and delicious all-day catering being provided by Apache River Spur and Riverside Sports. This is our twelfth year hosting this tournament and each year the number of entries continues to grow. It’s a great family day out and I would like to encourage parents to either enter their kids in the hockey teams or just come and enjoy a fun day outdoors, soaking up the vibe as a family. We are grateful to our long-time sponsors of the festival, Spur Steak Ranches, who with their continuous support make sure this special day is a huge success every year,” stated Field.

Clare Rainey, Head of Market Development for Spur Steak Ranches, added that Spur Steak Ranches was looking forward to being part of yet another inspiring day in partnership with Riverside Sports and Riverside Hockey Club. “This festival is a perfect fit for Spur as we understand the importance of celebrating our country’s youth, something our late and former president Madiba was a huge believer in. A festival such as this one is geared towards promoting a community-orientated and family-friendly event that is beneficial towards the growth and development of the children. We are also proud to be sponsoring the participation and catering requirements of the underprivileged INK team, so these kids can also enjoy a fun-filled day that this type of festival creates and to forge lifelong memories.”

This festival will also aptly kick-start the launch of the Kit For Kwa Mashu Kids Campaign which has been supported by Riverside Hockey Club (RHC) and its members for the past 10 years. The objective of the campaign is to appeal to RHC’s members, other hockey people, the local community and sponsors to donate old shoes, shin pads, sticks and any other equipment, which is then handed over to Inanda, Ntuzuma and Kwa Mashu (INK) Hockey Club at the end of the season for their disadvantaged players to use – each set of kit donated means another player for INK. This year, Spur will be providing the participating INK hockey team with branded gear to play in during the festival which they’ll get to keep afterwards.

For more information on the Spur Riverside Festival or the Kit For Kwa Mashu, visit www.riversidehockey.co.za or follow all the updates about the festival on the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RiversideHockeyClub.

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Padel. Durbans fastest growing sport.

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Padel, the fastest growing sport in Durban, is a relatively new and exciting sport that is quickly gaining popularity in the area. Keep reading to find out how to get 15% off some amazing Osaka Padel gear. Padel is a combination of tennis and squash, and is played on a court that is similar to a tennis court but with walls. It is a team sport, and two teams of two players each compete against each other using paddles, similar to those used in squash and badminton, to hit a tennis-like ball over the net.

Padel has been gaining popularity in Durban, South Africa due to its fastpaced and energetic game play as well as its social aspect. Unlike traditional sports, such as tennis and squash, Padel encourages players to chat and laugh with their opponents during the game, making it an entertaining and social experience. The sport is also extremely accessible, as courts are smaller than those used for tennis and squash and require less space, meaning they can be found in more places around Durban.

The game is also very easy to learn, and can be enjoyed by players of all ages and abilities. The rules are simple, the equipment is inexpensive and the game is fastpaced and exciting, making it perfect for anyone looking for an enjoyable and social activity.

As Padel continues to grow in popularity in Durban, South Africa, more and more players are taking advantage of the sports fastpaced and exciting game play. Whether youre looking for an energetic and social activity or a competitive and challenging sport, Padel is a great choice for Durban residents of all ages and abilities.

 

Cool, I’m in, How do I play?

Keen on checking it out? Download the Padel app Playtomic, it is truly amazing. It has been designed to provide users with a comprehensive, easy to use platform for finding padel courts and playing partners. With Playtomic, users can search for courts in their area, view available court times, and book court reservations with just a few taps.

The app also allows users to find and connect with other players, organize their own group games, and set up tournaments. Playtomic has a great user interface, with intuitive navigation and a straightforward sign-up process. All in all, Playtomic is an incredible padel app that makes it easy to find and play padel anytime, anywhere.

 

Gear up!

You can rent Padel racquets through the app to however if this is the sport for you then we highly recommend getting your own gear and Durbanite are here to help make that a little easier!

Osaka racquets and accessories are some of the best in the world. They are renowned for their quality, craftsmanship, and innovation. Their racquets are designed to be lightweight and powerful, giving players an edge when playing. Osaka also offers a range of accessories, including racquets, bags, and clothing. Their products are designed to be comfortable, durable, and reliable, making them great for both recreational and competitive play. Osaka Padel is a great choice for anyone looking for topnotch equipment for their padel game.

Use our exclusive Durbanite discount code at checkout and get 15% off your order.

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Where to play?

As of today here is a list of Padel courts around KZN:

1 – PadelNation | Umhlanga
2 – Al Falaah Durban Padel
3 – Africa Padel Kloof Country Club
4 – Africa Padel Salt Rock Country Club
5 – Gayle Padle Club | Moorewood Activity Centre | Hillcrest
6 – Station Padel | KwaDukuza
7 – Padel HQ | Dolphin Coast
Coming soon: Eden Padel by Padel Pros

 

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Inaugural Global Team Horse Racing Series

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Fun, faster, family friendly horse racing, Global Team Horse Racing (GTH), a team-based thoroughbred horse racing product, launches its full racing series to thrill crowds.

The first GTH Live Series debuts on 5 August at the Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse in Durban. The series will be run under lights on Fridays, over four weeks and is packed with excitement for fans of all ages. These high-octane two-hour events are full of thrilling races, gripping entertainment, a kiddie’s area for the younger fans, all set right at the track side.

Three teams go head-to-head over four events, but only one team can come out tops! Watch the KwaZulu Royals take on the Gauteng Gijimaz at the first event of the series on the 5th August.  The following week, the 12th August, it will be the KwaZulu Royals going up against the Cape Stingers.  The 19th August will see the Cape Stingers take on the Gauteng Gijimaz and the combined results will determine who makes the final showdown on the 2nd of September.

The races will be called by two of horse racing’s legends, Neil Andrews, and Graeme Hawkins.

Neil has been a part of the SuperSport team since the outset and his knowledge, insights and humour have kept audiences entertained for years. He is also the anchor of the new revamped and relaunched Super Saturdays on SuperSport.

Graeme has had an involvement in horse racing his whole life as a punter, owner, bilingual race-caller, racing journalist, television presenter, auctioneer, track expert, race programme planner, pedigree researcher, marketer, salesman, administrator, and that is why to many, he is known as Mr Racing!

The GTH team has been bolstered with the inclusion of three of South Africa’s most popular presenters. Many a Gautenger will have ended their day with Alex Caige, who hosts 94.7’s afternoon show, and he is joined by well-known Mzanzi actress, Hope Mbhele and multi-talented TV and radio presenter, and a passionate F1 speed crazy Kriya Gangiah. Tee Xaba, a multi-talented entertainer, and East Coast Radio DJ will be the MC for the Live series.

The series offers something for everyone, you don’t need to be an ardent race going fanatic to sense the excitement. Choose and support your team and see who makes it to the final. GTH Team merch will be available to show your support. Ticket prices start at R100 for general access. Children under R14 are free. Gates open at 17h00 on a Friday, action starts at 18h00 and all condensed to finish by 20h30.

 

WIN! WIN! WIN!

 Durbanite in partnership with GTH have WEEKLY tickets to giveaway, all you need to do to qualify is:-

  1. Follow these Facebook pages – @Durbanite.Official and @gthracingza
  2. Find our Facebook post advertising the competition and tag a friend you would like to take along + let us know who you would like to see win? Is it the KwaZulu Royals, the Gauteng Gijimaz or Cape Stingers?

Please note that all the above steps need to be completed to successfully enter this competition.

Ticket’s up for grabs as follows:-

  • 12th August / 3 x winners of 4 x tickets each*
  • 19th August / 3 x winners of 4 x tickets each*
  • 2nd September / 3 x winners of 4 x tickets each*

*Winners must be over the age of 18 to be eligible to win.

*Winners will be contacted via The Durbanite Facebook page.

*Std T&Cs apply.

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Two Sides Documentary Premieres on 15 May 2022

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SuperSport and M-Net will be rolling out the first of several locally-made sport documentaries on 15 May 2022.

Following the recent success of “Chasing the Sun”, the World of Champions has another major rugby documentary in production.

A three-part series to be broadcast on DStv, “Two Sides” tells the story of the tour by The British & Irish Lions that was punctuated by drama, struggle and triumph. What makes it unique is that it will be a film told through the eyes of both protagonists.

In a first of its kind co-production between producers of “Chasing the Sun” and broadcast producers Whisper. This docu-series also featured the environments some of the players emerged from with footage of friends and families of Maro Itoje, Pieter Steph Du Toit, Liam Williams and others adding to the extraordinary narrative.

The film takes in numerous events, including the drama of the tour’s status in the build-up, the Covid outbreaks in both camps, the impact of civil unrest and the tension of the down-to-the-wire finish.

“The film is a heartfelt celebration of the game’s longest-standing Test tour and the brotherhood that comes along with it,” said Marc Jury, chief executive of SuperSport.

“In the midst of unprecedented challenges and hardship, it is a reminder of the values of the game we love so dearly. The film is a story of sacrifice, courage and a belief in the power of sport.”

Later in 2022, SuperSport will lift the lid on “Rassie”, which for the first time tells the full – and astonishing – story of Rassie Erasmus’ rise from the backwaters of the Eastern Cape to the top of the rugby world.

BROADCAST DETAILS

The first episode of “Two Sides” will be broadcast on DStv on May 15 (M-Net, 6pm; SuperSport 7pm).

The remaining episodes will broadcast on May 22 and 29.

TWO SIDES – THE STORY

Two Sides is a first-of-its kind documentary, telling the compelling story of a rivalry that goes back over a century.

The Springboks and The British & Irish Lions meet once every twelve years, which only adds to the weight of expectation for this latest instalment, in 2021. But this series almost didn’t happen, because of a global pandemic that changed the way the world lives and works – and also changed the way sport happens.

Through collective will from both sides, this tour endured health protocols, empty stands, civil unrest and a controversy that rocked the very foundations of World Rugby.

Along the way, Two Sides emphasises the importance of keeping sporting traditions alive, because they matter to players, coaches and their families. And the fans who find a way to be a part of each collision.

With unprecedented access to both teams, their families and their change-room in the midst of an unforgettable series, Two Sides is a story of considerable sacrifice, a tale of redemption and glory, and the unflinching will that keeps the things that matter going, even when everything says they shouldn’t.

Two Sides is a story of courage from two teams building on the proud legacy left by those who came before them. Two Sides is a story of hope.

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