Star of the Month
Star of the Month - October
2008/11/04 1:39:14 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.
October's candidates are:
He may have started the Absa Currie Cup final on the bench, but the tearaway, Humansdorp-born Sharks loose forward still had every right to feel like a key component of his team’s first triumph in the competition since 1996: his tournament-topping nine tries, some of them thrillers from a long way out, was a hugely influential factor.
Parker is likely to be plucked away to European pastures by Malmo in the January transfer window and here’s why: the Thanda Royal Zulu striker has been in prolific scoring form for his club, and his earliest appearances for Bafana Bafana have revealed a similar knack at international level. It’s probably no coincidence that Parker’s predatory presence has seen much-maligned South Africa collect a (rare-as-hen’s-teeth) trio of wins in recent weeks.
The Dolphins player achieved an exemplary first-class personal “first” early in the month by managing back-to-back centuries as an opening batsman in the SuperSport Series match against the Lions at Kingsmead. Khan, a former SA U19 star, lashed 115 and 103 in the drawn encounter. He shared man-of-the-match with the Lions’ Jonathan Vandiar, a former Dolphin, who scored his maiden Series ton (172 not out).
A 30-year-old from Kirstenhof in Cape Town, Moir romped to a second successive triumph at the ISA World Longboard Surfing championship in Portugal, adding to the glory he achieved in California two years earlier. Unbeaten throughout the 2008 event, he said it was the more satisfying of the two because six of the world’s top 10 competitors were participating.
With Majors in 2008 all-too-comfortably eluding South Africans after Trevor Immelman’s early-season Masters fairytale, at least an up-and-coming pro from our parts winning on the European Tour is a fresh step in the right direction. Schwartzel, 24, did just that in October, clinching the Madrid Masters for his fourth pro success. He must like Spain, because he also won the Open de Espana last year.