Varsity Beach Volleyball & Seven’s Rugby kicks off the weekend today in Camps Bay!

Varsity Beach Volley Ball & 7's Rugby Captains

Defending Varsity sevens champions Maties will need to be at their best from the word go in this year’s tournament in Camps Bay, with a NMMU team coached by a former international player awaiting them in their very first encounter.

 

Maties and the Madibaz will open proceedings at the Camps Bay Sports Club at 10:40 on Friday morning. Theirs will be the first of 25 matches played between the ten teams in the competition. A further 20 games will take place on Saturday, before the finals on Sunday afternoon.

The teams competing are Maties (University of Stellenbosch), Ikeys (University of Cape Town), Kovsies (University of the Free State), Tuks (University of Pretoria), Pukke (Northwest University), NMMU, TUT, the University of the Western Cape, University of Johannesburg and the University of Limpopo.

 

Maties’ Maroon Machine will not only play in Friday’s first game, but also the last fixture of the day, against neighbours UCT. These teams faced off in a warm-up game a few weeks ago and will without a doubt put on a good show in a derby that is sure to attract a massive crowd.

As the host to this year’s tournament Ikeys have been taking their preparations quite seriously, taking part in a series of warm-up games against the Springbok Sevens side, Maties and local rivals UWC. They went down to the Blitzbokke, but their coach, Christiaan Esterhuisen, told varsitysportssa.com the experience his players gained from that were invaluable.

 

“It gives the players a lot of confidence and belief as they can see that they can actually compete against these players. It definitely helps them to get into that Sevens mindset after a long season of 15′s and they are gaining valuable experience,” he said.

The Maties players first got together at the start of October, and entered into al local WP Sevens club league which gave their coach, Ian Campbell-McGeachy, a chance to look at some new players.

 

Campbell-McGeachy, who took charge of the SA Students Sevens team at the World Student Games in Russia earlier this year, believes that he has some exciting talents at his disposal this year with half of last year’s victorious squad returning.

He told varsitysportssa.com: “We didn’t do very well but we were not at full strength so it was great to be able to take a look at some of the new guys coming through under pressure.”

 

Maties’ first opponent, the Madibaz, will be banking on some Spanish flair brought in by their coach, Ryan le Roux, who represented Spain in both the 7- and 15-man codes.

 

The goal for the Madibaz in Camps Bay will be to reach the semifinals in what will be the first step in Le Roux’s long-term plan.

“We know that there will be some good teams there, but we are focused on our own game and we have set our sights on reaching the knock-out stages. I have a three-year plan and it is a building process but we definitely have the talent to compete,” he said.

 

*Just across the road from the Sports Club, on the Camps Bay beach, big crowds will no doubt also turn up to support the country’s top female university beach volleyball teams.

 

The formidable UWC team went through both last year’s tournaments unbeaten and intend to continue that run at Camps Bay this year.

The duo of Bejancka Della and Prudence Layters swept all before them in Plettenberg Bay and Margate last year, which marks them as the team to beat when action gets underway on November 29.

Della and Layters have been joined by Kayla-Lee Provins this year and the team has been hard at work preparing for their title defence for the last month.

Layters told varsitysportssa.com that although they will start as favourites they cannot afford to take anything for granted.

“We are very excited and we have been preparing hard. We train a few times a week at different beaches and in different weather conditions to make sure we are ready when the competition starts,” she said.

UWC’s first match is against the Madibaz at 10:00 on Friday morning.

Apart from these teams Ikeys, Kovsies, Tuks, TUT, UJ and the University of Limpopo will be in action on Camps Bay beach.

Varsity Beach Volleyball

Fixtures

November 29, 2013 10:00 CAMPS BAY

UWC NMMU

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November 29, 2013 10:00 CAMPS BAY

UCT Kovsies

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November 29, 2013 10:30 CAMPS BAY

TUT Limpopo

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November 29, 2013 10:30 CAMPS BAY

UP Tuks UJ

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November 29, 2013 11:00 CAMPS BAY

UCT UWC

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November 29, 2013 11:00 CAMPS BAY

TUT NMMU

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November 29, 2013 11:30 CAMPS BAY

UP Tuks Kovsies

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November 29, 2013 12:00 CAMPS BAY

UJ Limpopo

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November 29, 2013 12:30 CAMPS BAY

TUT UCT

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November 29, 2013 12:30 CAMPS BAY

UP Tuks UWC

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November 29, 2013 13:00 CAMPS BAY

UJ Kovsies

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November 29, 2013 13:30 CAMPS BAY

Limpopo NMMU

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November 29, 2013 14:00 CAMPS BAY

UP Tuks TUT

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November 29, 2013 14:30 CAMPS BAY

Limpopo UWC

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November 29, 2013 14:30 CAMPS BAY

NMMU Kovsies

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November 30, 2013 10:30 CAMPS BAY

UJ TUT -:- ()

November 30, 2013 10:30 CAMPS BAY

Kovsies UWC -:- ()

November 30, 2013 11:30 CAMPS BAY

UP Tuks NMMU -:- ()

November 30, 2013 11:30 CAMPS BAY

Limpopo UCT -:- ()

November 30, 2013 12:00 CAMPS BAY

UJ NMMU -:- ()

November 30, 2013 12:00 CAMPS BAY

UWC TUT -:- ()

November 30, 2013 12:30 CAMPS BAY

Kovsies Limpopo -:- ()

November 30, 2013 12:30 CAMPS BAY

UCT UP Tuks -:- ()

November 30, 2013 14:00 CAMPS BAY

UCT NMMU -:- ()

November 30, 2013 14:00 CAMPS BAY

TUT Kovsies -:- ()

November 30, 2013 14:30 CAMPS BAY

Limpopo UP Tuks -:- ()

December 1: All finals, between 14:00 and 17:30, live on SS8.

 

Varsity Sevens

Fixtures

November 29, 2013 10:40 CAMPS BAY

Maties NMMU -:-

November 29, 2013 11:00 CAMPS BAY

NWU Puk UP Tuks -:-

November 29, 2013 11:20 CAMPS BAY

Kovsies UWC -:-

November 29, 2013 11:40 CAMPS BAY

UJ Limpopo -:-

November 29, 2013 12:00 CAMPS BAY

UCT TUT -:-

November 29, 2013 12:20 CAMPS BAY

NWU Puk NMMU -:-

November 29, 2013 12:40 CAMPS BAY

UP Tuks UJ -:-

November 29, 2013 13:00 CAMPS BAY

Maties Kovsies -:-

November 29, 2013 13:20 CAMPS BAY

UWC TUT -:-

November 29, 2013 13:40 CAMPS BAY

UCT Limpopo -:-

November 29, 2013 14:00 CAMPS BAY

Maties NWU Puk -:-

November 29, 2013 14:20 CAMPS BAY

Kovsies UP Tuks -:-

November 29, 2013 14:40 CAMPS BAY

NMMU UJ -:-

November 29, 2013 15:00 CAMPS BAY

UWC UCT -:-

November 29, 2013 15:20 CAMPS BAY

TUT Limpopo -:-

November 29, 2013 15:40 CAMPS BAY

Kovsies NMMU -:-

November 29, 2013 16:00 CAMPS BAY

UJ UWC -:-

November 29, 2013 16:20 CAMPS BAY

UP Tuks Limpopo -:-

November 29, 2013 16:40 CAMPS BAY

Maties TUT -:-

November 29, 2013 17:00 CAMPS BAY

NWU Puk UCT -:-

November 29, 2013 17:20 CAMPS BAY

Kovsies UJ -:-

November 29, 2013 17:40 CAMPS BAY

UP Tuks UWC -:-

November 29, 2013 18:00 CAMPS BAY

NMMU TUT -:-

November 29, 2013 18:20 CAMPS BAY

NWU Puk Limpopo -:-

November 29, 2013 18:40 CAMPS BAY

Maties UCT -:-

November 30, 2013 11:40 CAMPS BAY

Kovsies UCT

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November 30, 2013 12:00 CAMPS BAY

NWU Puk UWC

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November 30, 2013 12:20 CAMPS BAY

Maties UJ

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November 30, 2013 12:40 CAMPS BAY

NMMU Limpopo

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November 30, 2013 13:00 CAMPS BAY

UP Tuks TUT

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November 30, 2013 13:20 CAMPS BAY

NWU Puk Kovsies

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November 30, 2013 13:40 CAMPS BAY

NMMU UCT

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November 30, 2013 14:00 CAMPS BAY

Maties UP Tuks

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November 30, 2013 14:20 CAMPS BAY

UJ TUT

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November 30, 2013 14:40 CAMPS BAY

UWC Limpopo

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November 30, 2013 15:00 CAMPS BAY

NMMU UP Tuks

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November 30, 2013 15:20 CAMPS BAY

UJ UCT

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November 30, 2013 15:40 CAMPS BAY

Maties UWC

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November 30, 2013 16:00 CAMPS BAY

Kovsies Limpopo

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November 30, 2013 16:20 CAMPS BAY

NWU Puk TUT

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November 30, 2013 16:40 CAMPS BAY

UP Tuks UCT

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November 30, 2013 17:00 CAMPS BAY

NMMU UWC

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November 30, 2013 17:20 CAMPS BAY

Maties Limpopo

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November 30, 2013 17:40 CAMPS BAY

NWU Puk UJ

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November 30, 2013 18:00 CAMPS BAY

Kovsies TUT

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December 1: All finals, between 14:00 and 17:30, live on SS8.

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