Sasol League’s 2017 campaign started in April and all eyes were on new players, new teams to face challenges and see different opportunities to dominate going forward. However, with so much happening throughout the Sasol League it has produced outstanding moments that have been praised and hyped to be one of the highlights of the few games played. Taking everything into context it has been an up and down journey as players have been exposed/displayed impressive performances, victories and dramatic wins. Without going any further I always give credit to Sasol SA for being the awesome brand to give female football players in South Africa a chance to showcase their great potential and amazing contributions that could be recognised going forward.
After 9/10 weeks it has been fascinating and dramatic to some occasions whereby other clubs found difficulties to bounce back to winning ways and tackle down the negative results. However at this time of the season, you cannot talk about Sasol League without mentioning Gauteng and Western Cape clubs that have been consistent, dominated and shown the desire to greatness within real time. The following are outstanding moments in the Sasol League campaign within Gauteng and Western Cape clubs:
- UWC Ladies & Cape Town Roses were head to head with a 100% winning record in 9 games played and both teams with 27 points only goal difference separating the two as Cape Town Roses topping the log standings with a better goal difference of 80 goals.
- With TUT PTA Ladies using the 4 – 3 – 3 formation, it has been a blessing in good terms as Letago, Refiloe and Bontle all combined have a record of 40 goals in 10 games played. This is a remarkable record for Gauteng province and the importance is to write your own history when the time comes while this is what the TUT PTA duo is currently doing. In addition, TUT PTA as a whole scored 68 goals and conceding 4 goals that is after 10 crucial games were played under high temperature and defensive demands but the team found ways to make it rain.
- Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies are a strong force and have been sensational banging goals week in, week out. Their biggest victory could have been 6 – 0 against NWU Vaal Campus or 14 – 0 against Pull Together at home. More likely to have 90% chance to score a goal in every game played.
- Palace Super Falcon went 10 games clinically unbeaten keeping a 100% winning record in Gauteng while Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies were unbeaten in 10 games with 8 wins & 2 draws. However, Sundowns Ladies had better goal difference than Super Falcon despite being no2 on the log standings with 26 points, only 4 points behind the log leaders Super Falcon.
- The battle of top goal scorers between JVW & TUT PTA seemed to be going strong as JVW has Mpumi Nyandeni and Linda playing a key role in their goal scoring tally and TUT PTA with their best duo attack Refiloe, Bontle & Letago showed their class throughout the campaign.
- JVW won their first game against VUT 7 – 0 and humbled Tuks Ladies with a 5 – 1 victory away, that was more like a confidence booster despite their log position at the moment.
- JVW & Banyana Banyana veteran Mpumi Nyandeni scored a hat trick as her last goal in the 79th minute sealed a clear victory for the team against Soweto Fabulous.
- Leandra Semeda scored a hat-trick against Burnley and with so much confidence & leadership from her she scored a penalty that was given to UWC.
- Jamie Lee Peters (UWC goalkeeper) played 3 games, kept two clean sheets and conceded one goal in between the games played. Fortunately her 4th game she played as a striker but she did not score or assist any goal. She said, “playing as a striker I play to distract the defence a little and that is what I did even though it was not very long I came on but it was something different”. This game was against Southern Stars.
- 100% winning record from UWC & Cape Town Roses, while Cape Town Roses buttered Spurs 3-0 to keep on going strong to top the log table on goal difference ahead of UWC Ladies.
- Cape Town Roses showing the fruit side of a proper and inspirational development with the likes of Sisanda, Nomdumiso and Lelona becoming regular players week in, week out.
- Sisanda Vukapi (17) female football player for Cape Town Roses, she is one of the leading top goal scorers after 6 games played and she has scored in every game played for Cape Town Roses in Western Cape.
- Lelona Dewati (17) plays for Cape Town Roses. She once captained Cape Town Roses and the team never disappointed their captain as they displayed an impressive performance against Vasco da Gama with a 6-0 victory.
In a nutshell 2017 Sasol League campaign has created outstanding moments and young players getting a feel of the league is quite priceless. Going forward it is a blessing to get to know new players contributing and making a difference in their football clubs, that is the main goal to succeed from an early stage of the season. Positively the desire to win big, self-drive and dedication to win games week in, week out is shown without any fear, every player is enjoying the 2017 campaign so far. However, credit goes to @cherylroberts00 for Western Cape League stats.