STELLENBOSCH AND BLOEMFONTEIN WRAP UP THE SECOND ROUND OF VARSITY HOCKEY

The second three seasonal playoffs see South Africa’s top Universities neck-to-neck

 

The University of Stellenbosch and UFS played host to the second Varsity Hockey three-day playoffs this past weekend and today, which saw eight leading university teams in a head-to-head battle for a spot in the third play-off, which takes place this coming weekend at the University of Johannesburg.

 

Saturday’s opening matches got off to a thrilling start with huge wins for both UP-Tuks and Maties, playing at UFS-Kovsies and Maties respectively.  UP-Tuks finished with a resounding 5-1 victory over Rhodes, whilst Maties gave the local Stellenbosch crowd a reason to scream with a convincing 4-0 win against UCT. At UFS-Kovsies, the home team got off to a compelling start which saw them thrill home crowds with a 6-4 win over Wits. The second game of the day in Stellenbosch saw UJ continue their winning streak with a 2-0 win over NMMU’s Madibaz.


But the second day brought with it a day of mixed results. In Bloemfontein, after some fierce competition and tough play, the game between Wits and Rhodes ended in a 1-1 draw. And it was a disappointing result for the home side which saw UP-Tuks beat Kovsies 2-0.  However, in Stellenbosch both Maties and UJ recorded important victories.  Maties held on in front of their home crowd to notch a 3-2 victory over NMMU, whilst UJ continued their unbeaten run with a 6-0 win over UCT.

 

But all was not lost for the home side in Bloemfontein today.  UFS-Kovsies, who suffered defeat at the hands of UP-Tuks yesterday, bounced back in fine style against Rhodes. With both teams having the chance at goal early on, it was Kovsies’ Jaco Fourie who opened the scoring which saw Kovsies ending with a 4-1 victory. The second match of the day saw UP-Tuks working hard to secure their victory over Wits. With some brilliant goalkeeping and scoring from both teams, it was UP-Tuks who emerged victorious with a 3-2 win over the determined Wits side. 

 

In Stellenbosch, the non-stop action and excitement continued. Simply outclassed, is how spectators described the NMMU-Madibaz win over UCT. With superb goals from the likes of Ignatius Malgraaf and Jason Doherty-Bigara, the Madibaz ended their day with a stunning 5-0 bonus-point victory. The final game of the day saw a clash of the titans as 2nd placed Maties took on the unbeaten UJ side. And what a tightly contested match it was, with the score remaining 0-0 right into the third chukka. With two minutes remaining, Maties’ Matthew de Sousa scored a controversial goal to take the screaming home crowd to a 1-0 win, with Maties becoming the first team to upstage UJ this season and doing it in style on home ground.


“Varsity Sports, as a high-performance competition platform for budding university athletes to compete on, is seeing many promising young sportsmen and women successfully compete at these events and, in the process, gaining the recognition they aspire to,” says Trent Key, Marketing and Sponsorship Executive for Varsity Sports.

 

Now in its second year, the Varsity Sports programme brings much of the excitement often seen at a US college sporting event, such as glamorous cheerleaders, pyrotechnics, thumping music, screaming fans and a generally well-choreographed show, at one of six sporting code events, including athletics, hockey, football, netball, rugby sevens or beach volleyball.

 

“It’s all about ‘sportainment’, combining sport with a massive entertainment factor; to attract not only athletes, but friends, family, alumni and communities at large, where the event, much like our American counterparts, becomes an all-day, fun-filled occasion,” comments Key.

 

Aired live on SuperSport Channel 210, the Varsity Sports concept is designed to capture the essence and excitement of university sport, where the best can test themselves against their peers. Market-leading brands sponsor the platform, with FNB, Samsung, Mugg & Bean and Jet as the lead sponsors for Hockey. Says Lee-Ann Cullingworth, Marketing Manager at Mugg & Bean: “We are proud to be associated with Varsity Hockey and are committed to promoting the future development of hockey as a sport, to nurture young, future stars and let them shine. Ultimately, our goal is to see these future stars represent our country in the SA Men’s national side, of which Mugg & Bean is also a proud sponsor.”

 

The third round of Varsity Hockey will roll out from 17 to 19 May 2014 in Johannesburg. The programme includes:

 

17-May

25

Hockey

Rhodes

vs

Maties

10:00

UJ

26

Hockey

Kovsies

vs

UCT

11:45

27

Hockey

Tuks

vs

NMMU

13:30

28

Hockey

UJ

vs

Wits

15:15

18-May

29

Hockey

7

vs

8

11:00

UJ

30

Hockey

5

vs

6

12:45

31

Hockey

SEMI FINAL

14:30

32

Hockey

SEMI FINAL

16:15

19-May

33

Hockey

3/4 PLAY OFF

17:00

UJ

34

Hockey

FINAL

18:45

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