by Nhlanhla Matshoma AKA Fresh (Soweto Ultimate)
It has been a long awaited journey to Port Elizabeth for Opens Nationals. With players from Orange Farm and Soweto combining as one team, including Wild Dog players TeeKay, Sizwe, Lindelani.
This combination “Dream Team” were very excited and eager to be going on another journey to face tough ultimate competition all competing for the number 1 position as the best men’s team in South Africa. It was a trip filled with laughter, jokes, good music, food, drinks and excitement. Halfway to PE the team got lost taking the Beaufort West direction which resulted to some panicking but after eventually finding an alternative route and arrived safe in PE at 2am Saturday morning.
After only a few hours of rest, Saturday match day was upon us. The Dream Team was Grouped with African Champs UCT Tigers who thrashed us 13-1. Knights was a breath taking game, we were neck and neck with Knights taking the win. Against the Bunnies, Dream team put up a competitive zone defense which was phenomenal as we made the Durbanites work for their points. Our last game of the day was against hosts, Galeforce. After 3 defeats the Dream Team came together nicely to take the win 13-1.
The Sunday Matches were our best games of all. All our players played with an amazing winning mind-set. Dream Team won all of their 3 games beating Wild Coast, Maties and Rhodes. So we finished the tournament on a high note.
A huge congratulations to Sizwe winning the MVP overall award in the tournament. Special thanks to Uncle Baden for supporting the Team’s initiative to play at Opens with hosting a fundraiser at Spur. And also thank you to the GFDA for all their support and sponsorship. Thanks also to Jenna for a smooth tournament and to Galeforce for hosting an amazing tournament which gave us amazing experience and exposure.