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The Voodoo Kudus had a bumpy start to the year but are hopeful they will win a few matches during the remainder of the summer league.
The Wits Ultimate Frisbee team played top Johannesburg team, the Zone Rangers this week in the second match of the season and lost 15-1.
Voodoo Kudu treasurer Jayson van Kerckhoven told Wits Vuvuzela this week about the team’s aspirations for this year.
Van Kerckhoven said there have been “a lot of changes” on the first team due to at least ten players graduating or moving to the Wits Alumni team, Skyveld.
The Voodoo Kudus played Skyveld in last Monday’s league match losing by just one point.
“It was a really close match … We really want to win against them in the near future though because they’re a home grown team too,” he said.
According to van Kerckhoven, the team also has a new coach who is an ex-player for one of South Africa’s top frisbee clubs, The Ghosts.
“Our coach aims to keep our team fresh and has encouraged us to improve a lot. We really want to do better than we did last year.”
This year the Voodoo Kudus will be going to nationals in Bloemfontein, taking place on the weekend of April 25.
“All teams from across South Africa, universities and league teams will be competing. There are seventeen teams and we’re hoping to come within the top 10,” said van Kerckhoven
The Voodoo Kudus came 13th in last year’s national championship.
Ultimate Frisbee practice is every Friday at 4.30pm and training before league matches takes place on Monday’s at 6pm at the Walter Milton Cricket Oval.
“It’s a cool and dynamic sport and it also keeps you fit. Who doesn’t love throwing a frisbee?” van Kerckhoven said.
The Voodoo Kudus will be playing the University or Pretoria this Monday night at 7.15pm at the Walter Milton Cricket Oval.
For the first time in its eight year history, the “Rocktober” Ultimate Frisbee Championship will be held at Wits University.
The competition will take place on 3-5 October.
The Voodoo Kudus, the Wits Ultimate Frisbee team, will host and compete in South Africa’s second biggest Ultimate Frisbee competition. Sixteen teams from all over South Africa will be playing, including some of the top national teams from Cape Town.
This is the second time the Voodoo Kudus will be playing in Rocktober. Their debut was at last year’s championship, which was held in Randburg.
“There’s going to be some tough competition,” said Voodoo Kudu member, Kristen Bishop.
“But we’re just striving for team synergy and to do our best in all the games we play.”
According to Bishop, the team is lucky to host this year’s competition and it was thanks to their chairperson Sally Crompton, who had pushed to bid for Wits to host.
The South African Flying Disk Association (SAFDA) has been actively involved in encouraging university students to participate in Ultimate Frisbee because, they say, it is a prestigious sport, rapidly gaining momentum around the country.
“It’s not just a game,” said Bishop. “It’s a community, and a sport like this could help build connections and communities in South Africa.”
Crompton and Bishop told Wits Vuvuzela that the recent hat tournament sparked interest in the sport and for the first time in Voodoo Kudu history they were able to enter two teams into the competition.
Bishop enthused: “When people see how skilled the game is and how much athletics and knowledge is needed, it entices competition and makes you want to take part.”
Students are encouraged to support the Voodoo Kudus in the tournament, when the games start between 8am and 5pm on Saturday October 4 and between 8am and 3pm on Sunday October 5 on the Bozzoli B field, the Walter Milton Cricket Oval and in the rugby stadium.
The Voodoo Kudus will also host an open party at the Bozzoli Pavilion from 6pm on Saturday night, October 4.