By Brain Murandu
DEFENDING volleyball champions Mabelreign Sharks hope to start on a bright note when they meet JS Harare as part of the 2004 season openers for the Mashonaland Volleyball Associations (MASHV
A) premier league at the University of Zimbabwe this weekend.
Sharks, the MASHVA men’s league title holders, with last season’s player of the year Jeff Kachingwe in their arsenal, have to beat Martin Dururu’s stubborn Braeside-based JS Harare tomorrow afternoon to show their seriousness in retaining the honours.
However, Dururu’s side has former Cranborne High School’s Ndlovu brothers – Eric and Murray Pole to count on.
Murray, now an upper-sixth student at Prince Edward, is maturing with every season and his presence makes JS Harare a team for the future.
But the dull life at the UZ campus will awaken when home side Varsity clash with Air Zimbabwe in tomorrow’s first tie where the former’s national team utility player Tatenda “Manyobvo” Machipanda, has to match wild cheers from fans.
Highfield-based Thunder which relies on centre blocker Kenny Sigauke, could also pick up points in Sunday’s game against CBZ Jewels at the same venue.
MASHVA’s publicity and information officer Erasmus Mupukuta said all was set for the season openers as much groundwork has been covered in washing the ” dirty linen”.
“It’s (this weekend’s games) promising to be very exciting and our preparations indicate a good turnaround,” he said.
Weekend fixtures at UZ courts
Tomorrow – Varsity vs Air Zimbabwe (men), Black Rhinos vs Varsity (women), Mabelreign Sharks vs Air Zimbabwe (women) and JS Harare vs Mabelreign Sharks (men).
Sunday – Black Rhinos vs Kutama Old Boys Association (Koba) (men), Mufakose Hawks vs Stars (women) and CBZ Jewels vs Thunder (men).