Karien Jonckheere
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/ 9 May 2008

Giving it stick

When Marsha Marescia arrives in Beijing in a few months’ time and checks into the Olympic village, it will be a very different experience to what it was four years ago. Back then the captain of the Spar South African hockey team competed in her first Games and got a taste of what the Olympics was all about.

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/ 22 February 2008

Cricket’s obstacle course

The Under-19 Cricket World Cup hasn’t been a particularly happy hunting ground for South Africa in the past — they lost to those irksome Nepalese in the plate final of the last edition in 2006. Looking back, it seems the only highlight for South Africa came when the side reached the final in 2002.

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/ 4 January 2008

Prospecting for gold at the Olympics

It was Nobel laureate Niels Bohr who once said: ”It is very difficult to make an accurate prediction, especially about the future.” Nothing like a quantum mechanics expert to point out the obvious. And while sport may have been the furthest thing from the Danish physicist’s mind when he said this, his words ring true when looking ahead to the biggest sporting event of 2008.

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/ 9 November 2007

No netting this World Cup

If national coach Burta de Kock had been allowed four years to develop and nurture a squad, as Jake White was, it would be a different South African team taking to the court at the World Netball Championships in New Zealand this weekend. Not only would they have been more confident in their own abilities, but also in those of their teammates.

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/ 2 November 2007

SA netballers gunning for glory

With all the hype and hoopla surrounding the Springboks on their return to South Africa, combined with the subsequent successes of both our football and cricket teams, it’s been easy to forget that another of our national sides will be gunning for glory on the world stage this month.

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/ 26 August 1994

Great Expectations For Great South Run

ATHLETICS: Julian Drew ATHLETES and spectators alike will be hoping for calm weather in Durban tomorrow morning as a classy field takes to the road in the Ohlsson’s Great South Run. The race, which acts as the South African half- marathon championships from which the teams for the world half- marathonchampionships to be staged in […]