Monday, 29 May 2017

Helping raise the standard.

Amoné Bekker (of Team Valkyrie) 
Port Elizabeth  lead the way when, in 2005, Liesl Verity (nee Harmse) was selected by Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) for duty the National Protea Team to participate in Athens in the International Wargames Federation's World Championships for Ancients Wargaming.

Apart from her duty in the National Protea Team, Liesl became the first women to earn Eastern Cape provincial colours for Ancients Wargaming.

However, Amoné Bekker is following in Liesl's footsteps of creating new achievements.
Amoné, at MSSA's 16th Mpumulanga Championships became the second female to earn MSSA's Eastern Cape Provincial  Colours, but the first female to earn such colours for the esports discipline.

Playing for Team Valkyrie (of Valhalla Gaming) at such Mpumulanga Championnships, 
Amoné showed her skill and assisted the team earn provincial colours.

On hearing of her ground-breaking achievement, 
Amoné gushed with excitement.

It is through 
Amoné's hard work and dedication that all are inspired to reach greater heights.

All watch with bated breath to see just how far 
Amoné will go.

Results: 16th Mpumulanga Championships

Waiting in anticipation.
Mind Sports South Africa's 16th Mpumulanga Championships held on 27 and 28 May 2017 was once again hosted by HTS Witbank and was again a success. This is the fourth consecutive year that HTS Witbank  has hosted such championship. The school is thus fast gaining a reputation for becoming the center for gaming in Mpumulanga.

Special thanks must be extended to all the administrators, umpires, participants and spectators for making a truly memorable event.

The championship attracted players from Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng,  Mpumulanga, North  West,  and Western Cape, as players battled it out to earn the title of Mpumulanga Champion in the various games on offer, as well as the right to fight for a place in the 2017 National Team Trials that will ultimately deliver a team to the IeSF's 2017 9th World Championships in Busan from 8 to 12 November 2017, as well as the other events in which South Africa shall compete.

Now that MSSA has a channel on Tuluntulu, much of the footage filmed at such 16th Mpumulanga Championships will be screened on such channel.

History again was made at MSSA's 16th Mpumulanga Championships when Amoné Bekker (of Team Valkyrie) became the first female to earn Eastern Cape Provincial Colours for esports. 

Well done Amoné, we are all proud of you.

The full list of winners is:
Title Name of player/team Club Colours awarded
Ancients Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Club Provincial (honours)
Checkers Jan Hendrik Aswegen Hoërskool Generaal Hertzog Provincial
Checkers – High School Michael Van Meyeren HTS Witbank
CounterStrike: GO – female Revival Intensity Esports Provincial
CounterStrike: GO Soviet U2 Midstream College Provincial
CounterStrike: GO – Under 24 Outcast Intensity Esports
CounterStrike: GO – High School Raptors BNKR
FIFA ‘17 Kyle Turnbull Vexxed Phoenix
FIFA ‘17 – High School Allen Magagula HTS Witbank
HearthStone – female Adele Janse van Rensburg GenerationX Provincial
HearthStone Beon Bronkhorst JCS Academy Provincial
HearthStone – High School James Griffiths HTS Witbank
League of Legends – female Valkyrie Valhalla Provincial
League of Legends Dark Phoenix GenerationX Provincial
Morabaraba Tshepo Matitcerane Fakkel School Provincial
Mortal Kombat X – female Doreen Els Teutonic Knights Mind Sports Club Provincial
Mortal Kombat X Michael van Meyeren HTS Witbank Provincial
Mortal Kombat X – High School – female Robyn Gertzen Teutonic Knights Mind Sports Club
Mortal Kombat X – High School Gawie Fick Fakkel School
PES 2017 – female Leoné Loftus Fakkel School Provincial
PES 2017 Khahliso Malape Fakkel School Provincial
PES 2017 – High School Jean Struger HTS Witbank
StarCraft II Pieter Piek 3DE Provincial
StarCraft II – Under 24 Chad Schulman 3DE
Street Fighter V – female Robyn Gertzer Teutonic Knights Mind Sports Club
Street Fighter V Mxolisi Lukhele Amplified Rebellion Provincial
Street Fighter V – High School – female Sune van der Merle HTS Witbank Provincial
Street Fighter V – High School Gawie Fick Fakkel School
Tekken Tag Tournament II - female Nadine Swart HTS Witbank Provincial
Tekken Tag Tournament II Gawie Fick Fakkel School
Tekken Tag Tournament II - High School – female Leoné Loftus Fakkel School
Tekken Tag Tournament II - High School Armand Botha Hoërskool Generaal Hertzog
Photographs of the event may be viewed on

Friday, 26 May 2017

MSSA kit for sale.

MSSA kit for sale.
To order kit, please send such order to

Why do sports need governing bodies?

Maryke 'Ykie' Kennard takinng the Athletes' Oath at
IeSF's 2015 World Championships - Seoul.
Often outsiders question the roles and overall purposes of why sports need governing bodies. To the competitive athlete, the answer is clear, but to those who have not been directly involved in sport, the answer may be unclear.

The reasons why the answers may be unclear is that the roles and responsibilities of national and international federations are complex. Both national and international federations, at times, may face conflicting interests which must be handled within a democratic system unlike the more autocratic system employed by private (and public) companies.

It is through the democratic system that allows any registered athlete to assume positions on the various committees. Officers are not hand-picked, but instead rely on the support from the voting members to attain office.

As such, all national and international federations have a constitutional base which is policed by its own membership.

The national and international federations of sport also create the interest, development, and expansion of sport on a grassroots level. It is through the national and international federations efforts that the recognition of sport is promoted.

Without Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) having been accredited in 1991, it is doubtful that boardgaming, esports, and wargames would have the accreditation that it now enjoys. In fact perhaps every private competition in South Africa would also not exist. TELKOM emulated MSSA’s league which ran from 2005 to 2008 when they started their own league in 2008. Players like Barry ‘Anthrax’ Louzada represented South Africa in MSSA National teams in both 2007 and 2013 before starting his own privately owned event.

In short, only national and international federations would take on the responsibilities of development, creating interest, and promotion of the sport without the prospect of immediate financial gain.

The national and international federations also balance the interests of those that want to gain from the commercial interests of sport as such national and international federations safeguard the sport from outside interests, whether such interests are political or commercial. It is only national and international federations that truly look after the interests of the athlete, as without having a driving commercial interest in the sport, such federations are more centred on the promotion ad well-being of the athlete as opposed to crass financial gain. Thus often the national and international federations have to take very tough decisions and walk-away from what, at first, may appear to be lucrative deals.

Thus, only the national and international federations are playing the long-game and take the long-term view in the promotion of sport.

MSSA cares about its members.

Without doubt Mind Sports South Africa's (MSSA) core business is the development of its various disciplines, being, board games, card gaming, esports, figure gaming, and robotics.

Central to the development of the disciplines is that MSSA cares deeply for each and every member. It is the members that make up the MSSA and it is the members that drive MSSA and have made it what it is today.

Without the members, MSSA would not exist.

MSSA has grown in numbers every single year to be the only organisation that has consistently created teams for international competition since 1991. Yes, even in the days of the sport moratorium, NOCSA (National Olympic Committee of South Africa) allowed MSSA to compete on a national level.

It is the passionate care that MSSA has for its members that ensures that MSSA will always protect, nurture, promote, and treat its members as thee heroes that they are.

World Championships in which South Africa has participated since 1991 are:
2016Jakarta –  IndonesiaeSports
2015Seoul –  South KoreaeSports
2015Wales –  WalesBoard games
2015Mbabane –  SwazilandBoard games, wargames
2014Baku –  AzerbaijaneSports
2014Maseru –  LesothoBoard games, wargames
2013Bucharest –  RomaniaeSports
2013Pretoria –  South AfricaBoard games, wargames
2012Cheonan –  South KoreaeSports
2012Durban –  South AfricaBoard games, wargames
2011Andong –  South KoreaeSports
2011Wellington –  New ZealandBoard games, wargames
2010New York –  United StateseSports
2010Daegu –  South KoreaeSports
2010Athens –  GreeceBoard games, wargames
2009New York –  United StateseSports
2009Taebaek –  South KoreaeSports
2009Washington –  United StatesBoard games, wargames
2009Busan –  South KoreaeSports
2008Johannesburg –  South AfricaeSports
2008Helsinki –  FinlandBoard games, wargames
2007Seattle –  United StateseSports
2007Port Elizabeth –  South AfricaBoard games, wargames
2006Taipei –  TaiwaneSports
2006Melbourne –  AustraliaBoard games, wargames
2005Seoul –  South KoreaeSports
2005Athens –  GreeceBoard games, wargames
2004New Orleans –  United StatesBoard games, wargames
2004Palapye –  BotswanaBoard games
2003Rome –  ItalyBoard games, wargames
2002Durban –  South AfricaBoard games, wargames
2001Epsom –  United KingdomBoard games, wargames
2000Epsom –  United KingdomBoard games, wargames
1999Cape Town –  South AfricaBoard games, wargames
1997Johannesburg –  South AfricaBoard games, wargames
1991 to 1996Derby –  United KingdomWargames

Thursday, 25 May 2017

The next three events.

This weekend will see the 16th Mpumulanga Provincial Championships played on 27 & 28 May 2017 at HTS Witbank.

The Mpumulanga Championships has always proven itself to be a popular event, and from small beginnings has grown in size to rival the annual Gauteng Provincial Championships. The growth of the championships can be directly ascribed to the leadership in the  province and the efficiently run championships.

At the end of the day, the administration and umpires make or break an event.

Then, just a week after the 16th Mpumulanga Provincial Championships, MSSA is holding its National Team Trials at Roedean School. This will no doubt be an exhausting weekend as players grapple to get into the national team.

The end of the month sees the 14th Free State Provincial Championships again being played at Fakkel School in Sasolburg on 24 & 25 June 2017.

The Free State Championship is thus the first championship in the run up to the 2018 National Team Trials, and it is always well worth it for players to get an early qualification as the teams can the concentrate on their 'strats' instead of being overly concerned with qualifying.

Building a winning team

Gamers ftrom
Teams that win, don’t just happen, to develop a winning team the administrators need to invest time, money and dedication.

Of course you could do it the easy way and just buy the players you need, or you could be more developmental in nature.

However, in my opinion, developing consistent winning teams from grass-root level is far more beneficial to the long-term sustainability of the sport.

When clubs take the time and effort to create a development plan, not only do such clubs create winning teams, but such clubs also become more sustainable.

By building junior teams, within clubs, that will eventually feed into the senior teams, clubs create an upward progression as well as an internal competitiveness. Only when athletes realise that there is always someone else working to take his/her place, can such athlete realise his/her own true potential.

Thus a winning national team is a reflection of the member clubs. If the club teams are weak and without a strong base, the national team will mirror such.

National Teams are thus utterly dependant on the development of club teams.

However, it is not good enough to have just a few good teams, the average strength has to be improved upon. By improving the average strength, competitiveness is improved upon. It is just like the economy, no-one wants an economy which is dominated by a few rich individuals with the rest being poor. So it is with sport, the more teams at the top strengthens the system as a whole and such resultant competitiveness builds all the teams into being stronger teams.