Masters Tournament bigger and better in 2018

THE country’s premier Master’s Volleyball Tournament is set to take centre stage from August 9 to 11.

The Garuda Capital - eThekwini Volleyball National Masters Tournament has attracted a record number of teams in 2018.

The fourth instalment will take place at UKZN’s Westville Sports Centre and will be staged over three days for the first time in the competition’s history.

In a fitting celebration of Women’s Day, the tournament will feature 16 female teams, twice the number that entered in 2017.

eThekwini volleyball president Marcellino Nyar said: “The role of women in our society cannot be understated and we are delighted by the interest from female teams.

“Women have made an amazing contribution to the growth of the sport all over the world. We are looking forward to watching them dazzle on the court.” The men’s draw will feature 32 sides from around the country, increasing by a third from last year’s entrants.

The extended format of the tournament means that fans can expect an even greater competitive edge while at the same time enjoy the camaraderie and sense of family that the tournament continues to deliver year in, year out.

“It’s not just the competitiveness of the game, but the life-long friendships that keeps the masters players coming back,” Nyar said.

Last year’s champions, Liberate and KAD Beasts, in the men’s and females formats respectively will both be back in a bid to defend their titles.

“These guys know how to roll back the years.It maintains the tough competitive nature while at the same time embodies true gamesmanship, which is something that the tournament is renowned for.”

The tournament falls part of the Legends Volleyball Series, a KZN based association which focuses on Masters volleyball.

Legends Social Volleyball (LSV) president Charles Naidoo said: “The Masters forms an integral part of the LSV Masters Volleyball development and we are proud to have this incredible tournament in our jurisdiction of focus. We are committed to supporting and helping this tournament grow. Judging by the response from teams we are sure this is going to be another fantastic edition,” said Naidoo.

Johannesburg based Investment firm Garuda Capital have come on board as the title sponsors.

CEO Rajen Pillay said: “We have seen this tournament grow from strength to strength over the past three years and did not hesitate to align our brand to this very successful tournament and assist its growth into the future,” Pillay said.

South African Masters Volleyball Association (SAMVA) president Yogas Reddy said the excitement around the tournament has been building for weeks now. “As SAMVA we are proud to be associated with this tournament which has grown over the past three years into one of the largest volleyball club tournaments in the country. The ethos of participation is most important.” -Supplied