There are still lots of work ahead, but we are excited about the progress we have made
Day 2 of the U19 Paintball World Cup saw the SANPA U19 team taking on Great Britain in the semi-finals in Chantilly, Paris with a massive amount of support from South Africa watching the live webcast as well as support via social media during the day.
The team looked strong and took the first point against Great Britain, but a very strong and determined Britain took the second point tying up the game. Both teams played extremely well and games went to two points each with only 15 seconds left on the clock. With no points scored in the final 15 seconds of regulation time, the team had to get ready for their sudden death over-time game.
South Africa had the lead and dominated on the field as we entered the last minute of the game. Unfortunately our last player did not see the penalty on Great Britain and missed the opportunity to touch the buzzer before the time ran out.
Due to the tied game and looking at the current regulations/rules which states that in case of a tie-breaker after overtime a winner is decided according to their seeded position at the start of the tournament. With Great Britain being seeded higher than South Africa it unfortunately meant we lost the round and will have to play Norway for 3rd. This was a huge setback for the team after being undefeated in the prelims yesterday against Germany, France and Russia. This was also the first time in the event history that a game ended in a tie game after overtime, and after what happened today they will definitely go back to discuss how this rule must be changed for future events to make sure it is more fair towards the teams competing.
With this major setback hanging over the team and their heads not in the game it was Norway who dominated the field and won 4:0 against SA during the finals placing us 4th overall in the U19 Paintball World Cup for 2016.
The event taught the players many valuable lessons that they will definitely never forget, and Coach Eugene Jansen van Rensburg did an absolutely superb job in leading the team and we are looking forward to seeing more from our SANPA U19 team at the next U19 Paintball World Cup.
This was the first time we send a U19 team to compete in the Paintball World Cup and we are extremely happy with what we achieved.
A good day was had by the SANPA (South African National Paintball Association) U19 team today in Chantilly, France.
South Africa romped home by winning all 3 their prelim games.
SA demolished Germany 4:2, went on to convincingly beat France 2:1, and then slaughtered Russia 4:0.
The team will thus be playing in the semi-finals tomorrow against Great Britain, and then, depending on the results of the other countries, either France or Norway in the finals.
SANPA, doing South Africa proud!
Team players are:
- Adam Stevenson (captain) – Western Cape
- John-Henri Jansen van Rensburg – Gauteng
- Daryn Steytler – Western Cape
- Ross Cuyler – Western Cape
- Jason Joffin – Western Cape
- Duncan Perold – Gauteng
- Tristan vd Merwe – Gauteng
- Matthew van Blerk – Gauteng
- Dean Strydom – Eastern Cape
- Eugene Jansen van Rensburg – Coach
Play-offs will be streamed on www.gosports.com on 17 Sep from 4pm
In 3 weeks time the SANPA U19 national representative team will be landing in Paris, France to compete at the U19 Paintball World Cup that will take place in conjunction with the Millennium Paintball World Cup in Chantilly, Paris from 16-18 September 2016.
Our U19 squad has been putting in a lot of time preparing for the event and we are excited to see them perform at a international event. We wishing them all the best and we know they will make us proud.
If you would like to support the team financially to assist with the various expenses please make your contribution to:
Acc no: 1276068652
It was an exciting day of speedball taking place at the Cape Argus Sportshow on 20 March 2016 where the first ever SANPA Provincial Cup was held with teams from Gauteng, the Western Cape, Eastern Cape as well as Kwa-Zulu Natal.
We saw our new and upcoming young players from Gauteng and the Western Cape U19 teams taking to the field first after which the Gauteng and Western Cape mens teams took the field. We saw extremely fast paced games, with lots of action and entertainment for spectators to watch throughout the day.
Teams that competed at the first provincial cup:
- Gauteng Golden Knights Mens / U19
- Western Cape Mens / U19
- Eastern Cape Mens
- Kwa-Zulu Natal Mambas Mens
Players competed in a 10 minute game where they had to score as many points as possible by eliminating players from opposing team and hitting the buzzer and the opposing teams start station. A team that had a 4 point lead would automatically win even if there was still time left on the clock. Continue reading
The Expresso team came to the SARPL Western Cape 3-man Event 1 held at Paintball Pyrozone where they experienced first hand what competitive paintball is all about.
Visit one of the following fields in your area to experience this amazing sport for yourself!
For the serious and dedicated speedball players SANPA is in the process of finalizing the criteria for players to receive their SANPA provincial colors in paintball as well as how to be selected for the SANPA representative team.
During 2015, the SANPA representative team, will be sponsored to represent South African Paintball at the Paintball World Cup.
The national team will have a SANPA coach that will assist the team with preparation and planning. We will also be sending a selected co-ordinator and referee to assist the team and to experience international paintball and represent us as a community.
Current criteria for player selection:
- Must be a South African Citizen or have permanent residency or legally have stayed in South Africa for more than at least 5 years.
- Must be a dedicated player on a registered team competing in a SANPA approved national 5-man speedball league like the SARPL
- Must belong to a SANPA accredited paintball field
During the season the SANPA coach as well as selected scouts will look for potential players at SARPL events. These players will receive an official invitation to the national team try-outs at which stage the coach and selection panel will decide on the final list of players that will be part of the team for the upcoming season.
The selection team will look at various aspects, but with a key focus on specific skill sets required in the team, how the various players “gel” together on/off the field as well as overall commitment and dedication to the team as ambassadors for the sport.
Provincial colors can be achieved by individual players by meeting the required criteria that will be made available soon.
Be part of the growth of the sport and remember the bigger the sport grows the more we will be able to achieve together!