Tuesday 27 February 2018

Results of MSSA's 36th Gauteng Provincial Championships - 24 & 25 February 2018

Ru-landie Killian (left) from Affies Sasolburg in action in MSSA's 36th Gauteng Provincial Championships.
It is hard to believe that MSSA started running its Gauteng Provincial Championships only 36 years ago.

The Gauteng Provincial Championships have always been viewed as one of the most important championships leading up to MSSA's National Team Trials with the championships being the fourth last championship in which players may qualify for such Trials.

MSSA's 36th Gauteng Provincial Championships were more than ably hosted by Northcliff High School. The learners at the school showed sportsmanship of the highest order, and were kind and courteous to all the officials and players alike. 

It was pleasing to see that the championship attracted players from the Free State, Gauteng, North West,  and Limpopo, although the most inspiring aspect of the championships was the number of school teams that participated.

The number of school teams that participated, re-inforces MSSA's belief that in promoting school teams the various development gals are more effectively reached.

Out of a total of 17 premier titles, 13 of such were won by learners.

The senior teams had to fight long and hard against the much improved school teams that challenged the senior teams at every turn as they fought for a place in the 2018 National Team Trials that will ultimately deliver a team to the IESF's 2018 10th Esports World Championships.

Special mention must be made of Fakkel School of Skills, St. Stithian's College, Affies Sasolburg, JCS Academy, and Northcliff High School. Such schools showed that they could take on the best, and delivered sterling results.

The improved depth in the standard of play bodes well for the future of all of South African gaming.

The winners of MSSA's 36th Gauteng Provincial Championships are:

Title Name of player/team Club Colours awarded
Ancients (DBM) Colin Webster Old Edwardian Mind Sports Club Gauteng
Checkers Pheello Maphumane Fakkel School of Skills
Tshepo Matitwane Fakkel School of Skills
Sam Mathlong North West University – Vaal
Counterstrike: GO RISINSons Helpmekaar Gauteng
CounterStrike: GO (High School) G3NTS Northcliff High School
DotA 2 PR0NHS Northcliff High School Gauteng
FIFA '18 (female) Ru-landie Killian Affies Sasolburg
FIFA '18 Mqandisi Dewa North West University - Vaal
FIFA '18 (High School) Khahliso Malape Fakkel School of Skills
Hearthstone (female) Linda Swanepoel Fakkel School of Skills Free State
Hearthstone Gawie Fick Fakkel School of Skills
Hearthstone (High school) Kevin Plint Northcliff High School Gauteng
League of Legends ST St Stithians Gauteng
League of Legends (High School) STS1 St Stithians
Morabaraba – Female Anne-Lee Steyn JCS Academy Free State
Morabaraba Joseph Matlong North West University – Vaal
Morabaraba – High School Sam Kotsoane Fakkel School of Skills
PES 2018 (female) Ru-landie Killian Affies Sasolburg Free State
PES 2018 Gordon Mcormack Masters of Mind Sports Free State
Rocket League PR0NHS Northcliff High School Gauteng
StarCraft II Aidan Smale ZAG Gauteng
Street Fighter V (female) Leone Loftus Fakkel School of Skills Free State
Street Fighter V (High School – females) Cindy-Lee Strydom Fakkel School of Skills
Street Fighter V Lebogang Phoshoko Cape Town Mind Sports Club Gauteng
Street Fighter V (High School – boys) Sean Skolkali Northcliff High School
Tekken 7 Jeremy Seremak HTS Sasolburg Gauteng
Tekken7 (High School) Pieter Oelofse HTS Sasolburg
Photographs of the event may be viewed on: https://www.facebook.com/pg/mindsportssa/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10157086776834008

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