The annual TuksVolleyball High School Tournament has become a highlight for school volleyball in Gauteng during the last few years. On Saturday 15 September 2018, 48 teams gathered at the University of Pretoria’s Groenkloof campus for a day of volleyball.

In addition to the 3 indoor courts, 17 temporary courts were set up on the grass field. The teams played in u14, u16 and u19 categories. Matches were played to best of 3 sets (up to 21 points in the round robin, and up to 25 points in knock-out rounds, third set up to 15), to maximise the play time for every team.

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Players and coaches of TuksVolleyball run this tournament to promote the game on school level. Besides reffing the games, they also share their enthusiasm for volleyball and identify young talent.

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After a long day of volleyball, the American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ) dominated the awards ceremony with some outstanding results.

Results for the 2018 TuksVolleyball High School Tournament:

U14 Girls

1st Place: Fourways A
2nd Place: PHSG A
3rd Place: Fourways B
4th Place: Jeppe

U16 Girls

1st Place: AISJ A
2nd Place: Fourways A
3rd Place: PHSG A
4th Place: AISJ B

 U19 Girls

1st Place: AISJ
2nd Place: Heronbridge A
3rd Place: Fourways A
4th Place: PHSG A

U16 Boys

1st Place: AISJ A
2nd Place: Gressworld
3rd Place: AISJ B
4th Place: Tsako Thabo

U19 Boys

1st Place: AISJ
2nd Place: Kensington
3rd Place: Heronbridge
4th Place: Krugersdorp

Participants were encouraged to take fun photos of their team and share on Instagram. The three best photos received prizes. Here are some of the photos:

 

As TuksVolleyball chairperson, Tawnay Gierke, said at the awards ceremony, a lot of work and many hours of preparation go into organising a day like this, and at the end everybody is thoroughly exhausted – but looking back at the photos of the smiling faces afterwards always reminds us why we put in the effort and motivates us to do it again the next year.