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Hollywoodbets backing KZN's senior
Durban - With the commencement of the 2018/19 domestic cricket season
upon us, Hollywoodbets have committed to sponsoring both the
KwaZulu-Natal Coastal and the KwaZulu-Natal Inland senior provincial
teams for the duration of the season.
Hollywoodbets, who are title sponsors of the Dolphins franchise, took on
the title sponsorship for the Coastal and Inland teams for the 2017
Africa T20 Cup, but will in 2018 take on the role of title sponsors
throughout the three campaigns that both sides will be competing in.
The 2017/18 season was unprecedented for senior provincial cricket in
the province with Inland winning the Africa T20 Cup and the Coastal side
winning the national 3-Day Cup.
"Our motivation for the decision came through the results that we have
seen coming out of KZN cricket over the past 12 months," Hollywoodbets
Media and Communications Executive Devin Heffer mentioned. "The guys are
showing great passion and energy as well as forming a terrific culture
amongst their squads.
"It's also brilliant to see how well both the KZN Coastal and Inland
teams are playing off each other. There is a good competitive nature
growing here and it is exciting to see."
The Inland and Coastal sides both had strong seasons in different
tournaments last season and Heffer was impressed how the two teams
dove-tailed, however he would like to see both sides fighting it out
against one another for trophies this season.
“Another motivation for us was how both teams won trophies. From Inland
winning and representing the province and the brand well on the pitch
and off the pitch was great to see.
“Then with Roger (Telemachus) and his team winning the 3-day competition
it has given us motivation to get behind our senior provincial teams.”
It is often unheard of having a sponsored senior provincial side and
President of the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union Ben Dladla is hoping that
the relationship between KZN Cricket and Hollywoodbets can continue to
“If you want to produce a strong product at the end of the day then you
have to look at the pipeline and having a company like Hollywoodbets on
board encourages them to give their best on and off the field.
“We are really excited about this season’s partnership and maybe we can
look at increasing the sponsorship!” Dladla quipped.
Coach of the defending champion Hollywoodbets KZN Inland team Shane
Burger feels that the professionalism that comes with having a sponsor
before your name is a big motivation for the players.
“Just knowing that we had the support of Hollywoodbets last year during
the Africa Cup motivated us and definitely gave us an edge going into
“The players and staff members embraced it and the whole relationship
felt right and I have no doubt that having sponsors like Hollywoodbets
helped us in that manner.
“It is unheard of in this day and age to have a sponsor come on board
like this, especially with the senior provincial teams. I think it will
give the franchise a massive boost and I am sure that will help all the
teams in the union kick on this year,” Burger commented.
CEO of KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Heinrich Strydom is excited that the union
and Hollywoodbets will be growing their already successful partnership.
“It is such a privilege to keep expanding our partnership with this
incredible company and its amazing staff," Strydom commented. "They have
added immense value to cricket in KZN through their energy, passion,
knowledge and a hunger to make a difference in the KZN community.”
Both the Hollywoodbets KZN Inland and Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal have
been drawn in Group A of the Africa T20 Cup and will be in action this
weekend at the Pietermaritzburg Oval.
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Union and Hollywoodbets have grown their relationship as the franchise
sponsors have committed to sponsoring both KZN Inland and KZN Coastal
for the duration of the upcoming season starting this weekend at the
Africa T20 Cup. At the announcement (from left): Khalipa Cele (KZN
Coastal captain), Roger Telemachus (KZN Coastal coach), Devin Heffer
(Media & Communications Executive Hollywoodbets), Ben Dladla (President
KZNCU), Shane Burger (KZN Inland coach), Sarel Erwee (KZN Inland
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