Intervarsity Sport

Varsity Football fast approaches


A new semester brings with it a renewed determination and focus for students, both in the classroom and on the sporting field. For the players at TuksFootball there is perhaps an added incentive, with Varsity Football now in its fifth season. TuksFootball will be looking to continue the stream of success for the UP as they look to become the first team to win the prestigious tournament for a third time.

Action will get underway later this week on July 27, when two-time champions Tuks will travel to current defending champions TUT in a match set up as one that may establish the tone for the season. Meanwhile, last year’s finalists, UJ will travel to the Central University of Technology (CUT).

Alternating from last year’s format in which matches were played on Monday nights, games this year will take place on Thursday evenings in order to best accommodate student athletes, as well as to support the student academic and social calendar.

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Tuks triumphs over Madibaz

Last night, UP-Tuks faced FNB Madibaz in the third round of Varsity Cup. Tuks won 33-16, scoring five tries to one. This win has sent Tuks to third on the log, an impressive achievement coming from fifth. This result was especially pleasing for last week’s man of the match, Chris Massyn, as it was his first win as captain. Man of the match went to Tuks’ Impi Visser, who will be playing in the pink Player that Rocks shorts next week against UJ.

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UP start VarsityNetball with a win


UP started their VarsityNetball campaign on Monday 5 September in Bloemfontein. The team faced rivals the University of the Free State (Kovies) in the first leg of the tournament, and ended the first quarter of the tournament neck-and-neck in a 13-point deadlock.

In the second quarter the Kovsies’ use of defence and optimisation of interception opportunities gave them a slight 25-21 point lead. UP changed things up in the second half of the match as Shongile Hlongwane took up wing defence, captain Shadine van der Merwe made the shift to goal defence, and Chantelle Swarts came in as goal attack. The UP side capitalised on the changes, and with the help of the power play stepped off the court leading by 38-33 after the third quarter. They held fast to their winning momentum to end the game with a final score of 64-41. UP-Tuks vice-captain Tshinakaho Mdau was awarded player of the match.

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Hope after VarsityFootball heartache: Simbongile Njokwe

Following UP’s sudden exit from the VarsityFootball tournament, Perdeby spoke to UP captain and centre-back Simbongile Njokwe to review the season, gain some understanding of their downfall, and reassure fans of their comeback in the next season of VarsityFootball.


What have been the greatest contributing factors to UP missing out on the semi-final of the Varsity Cup?

I honestly think we were not consistent as a team. We lost matches that we were supposed to win. As the captain I failed the team, therefore we did not get through to semi-finals.

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Varsity Mountain Bike Challenge

The Varsity Mountain Bike (MTB) Challenge is a two-day race that will take place in Franschhoek from 1-2 October. There will be a total of 1 500 entrants that will take part in a battle between the University of Pretoria, Stellenbosch University, the University of Cape Town, North-West University, and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

The race is broken up into two categories: the respective teams competing against one another for the USSA event, and the open category, which is divided into students, the general public, and university alumni that take part in university colours. UP will be taking a team of three men and three women. The confirmed riders so far include Edwin O’Neil, William Mokgopo and Michelle Benson. They have been chosen based on their performance and times since the start of the second part of the season which began at the end of July. The race caters for cyclists and spectators, with two days of varsity festivities on the cards with music, a lunchtime ceremony, cheerleaders, mascots, and the varsity-themed race village.

Perdeby spoke to Jaques Horn, chairperson of TuksCycling, 2016 team manager, and the captain of the past two USSA road tours, about the upcoming race and how to train for it.

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