Raw power on display at K90 20th anniversary

U-90kg competitor Siphiwe Mkhize exercising his strength during the log press round.

Brotherhood Strongman is a group of men trying to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate. They offer a platform for young and older men to test their strength and become a part of a group whose slogan is ‘making a difference’ and motto is ‘no brother left behind’.

The group is made up of athletes from various sporting codes including powerlifting, bodybuilding and mixed martial arts.

Brotherhood Strongman hosts a competition/event once a month to give the athletes the best exposure and experience in the sport and to get more people involved.

At the K90 fun day, where athletes competed in three categories, namely u-90kg, u-105kg and open class, Morne Peyper (u-90kg), Coenraad van Staden (u-105kg) and Craig Masson (open class) shone in their respective classes.

Peyper impressed in arguably the most competitive division of the day, where six athletes competed compared to the other divisions where only three competed in the u-105kg and two in the open class.

He finished with 20 points, four clear of runner-up Siphiwe Mkhize. Njabulo Nene completed the podium with 13 points.

Only two points separated Craig Masson and Quinton Terblanche in the open class.

Coenraad van Staden, meanwhile, blew the field in the u-105kg division, easily finishing top with 23 points and the biggest points margin on the day, seven ahead of Rudolf Lotz.

Strongman is also involved in different charities. Its founder and event co-ordinator, Peter McGonigle is looking to expand the number of events as well as reach a wider audience.

Quizzed on his thoughts on this year’s competition, McGonigle said: “It was a completely different event to last year’s one. We had an established Brotherhood Strongman team last year taking on the professional team of Asylum.

“Brotherhood is an amateur team and it defeated Asylum. We’re a development, a stepping stone. This year’s event was about development. We’ll take on an opposing team next year.

“I think from a Brotherhood Strongman perspective and the overall event it ran smoothly and it was a success.”


U-90kg: 1: Morne Peyper – 20 points. 2: Siphiwe Mkhize – 16 points. 3: Njabulo Nene – 13 points. 4. Brian Steenkamp – 10 points. 5: Garth Ball – 7 points. 6: Hannes van der Merwe – 5 points.

U-105kg: 1. Coenraad van Staden – 23 points. 2: Rudolf Lotz – 16 points. 3: Wayne Shent – 12 points.

Open class: 1: Craig Masson – 23 points. 2: Quinton Terblanche – 21 points – @SabeloBoksburg

Sabelo Mashego
Sports Journalist

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