Masi on course for play-offs

Above: Masiphumeleles Anvil van Wyk finds space in the middle of the field during their 29-20 win against Polisie at the weekend.

After five rounds, they occupy top spot on the log, having collected maximum points in all their fixtures.

They have a one point lead on Hamediehs and Victorians, the other two clubs yet to taste defeat in this campaign.

At the weekend, Masiphumelele were comfortable victors against Polisie in Pinelands.

The final score was 29-20. This was Polisie’s third defeat in six matches.

The game was one of two City League matches that took place at the weekend.

In the other match, Western Zebras beat Temperance Cities 59-12.

Masiphumelele knew the game against Polisie was not going to be easy.

Coach Warren Edwards admitted at the end of the game that the contest became too physical and they were glad to have won.

The team already have an impressive score sheet this season. It includes a 96-0 thrashing of Perseverance and victories against Gardens (38-8), Watsonia (20-0) and Young Ideas (31-18).

Masiphumelele, Hamediehs and Victorians have already proven that they are aiming for the promotional play-offs at the end of the season.

Three teams in the league will qualify for the promotional play-offs to the Super League C.

The promotional play-offs will also include three teams each from the Northern League and Southern League. Only the top three from the play-offs will gain promotion.

However, after one more round the league will still only be at the halfway mark so the road to the play-offs is still a long one and the teams below the three front runners will fancy their chances of clawing their way back into contention.

The second half of the season will see Masiphumelele going up against sides that are in the top half of the table including Western Zebras, Hamediehs and Violets.

They have a break this weekend and when they return on Saturday June 1, they will have Progress awaiting them.

Club chairman, Darren Clarke says as tough as he expects things to be in the second round of the league, promotion to Super League C is a must this season. The side narrowly missed out on promotion last season when they lost in the final round of the play-offs.

Clarke says Masiphumelele is a community club that means a lot to the people of the southern peninsula and promotion would be a huge step forward not only for the club but the whole community.

“Last season we narrowly missed out and this time around we want to correct those mistakes and make the Super League C.

“We know it will be difficult but we have to give our all in the remaining seven games for us and the southern peninsula community,” he said.