Star of the Month
Star of the Month - November
2008/12/02 12:25:35 PM
We will announce the Sport24 Sports Star (or team) of the year in December 2008 and we want you to be involved. Each month the editorial team will announce up to five people for you to choose from, with the monthly readers choice becoming one of the 12 finalists from which we will choose our sportsperson of the year.
November's candidates are:
Glory came on a kaleidoscope of fronts to the Springbok captain as his side famously thrashed England by a record 42-6 at Twickenham. Not only did he typically lead by muscular example, back in his familiar No 2 jersey, for 80 minutes but his pre-game motivational address was widely lauded as a key to the epic triumph. To top it all, this was Smit’s 81st cap as a Bok forward, breaking the landmark previously held by Os du Randt: the big fellow was in the stands to applaud it. All in a day’s work …
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder was in blistering form for club (Orlando Pirates) and country during November, and especially influential as his two-goal haul helped fast-improving Bafana to a pulsating 3-2 victory over Cameroon in the Nelson Mandela Challenge at Rustenburg. Modise’s deft lay-offs to team-mates have also been a key feature of his dynamic game of late.
Cameron Van der Burgh
This Pretoria-born swimmer, 20, had a truly stellar month, eventually topping the men’s standings in the FINA Swimming World Cup for 2008 and taking home a tidy purse of US$100,000 for his efforts. Earlier in November, he had broken his own world record in the 50m breaststroke at Stockholm and set a new 100m landmark as well in the Moscow leg.
Meet Springbok Captain Courageous No 2: SA Sevens skipper Mzwandile Stick. His side won the Dubai Sevens title after they beat England 19-12 in an exciting final. But he was also the timely hero of the desperately tight semi-final against Fiji, banging over a majestic dropped goal in sudden death. “I’m just glad I struck it well,” he said by way of glorious understatement …
OK, first prize might have been Kirsten coaching South Africa to Test series triumph over Australia, but that opportunity falls to one Mickey Arthur in the next few weeks! Still, the former Proteas opening batsman brought indirect honour to South Africans by quietly masterminding his Indian charges’ brilliant 2-0 toppling of the once-unstoppable Aussies.