VARSITY FOOTBALL OFF TO AN EXCITING START

A day of upsets, surprises and stellar performances

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This year’s electrifying Varsity Football season kicked off today with its opening match at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Eight teams from universities around the country got the tournament off to an electrifying start in four gruelling and gripping matches.

 

The closely contested opening game saw the NMMU-Madibaz reach a 2-2 draw against NWU in in Port Elizabeth. Madibaz striker, Kieran Koert, scored the two NMMU goals in the first half, earning him the Samsung Super Striker award. The visitors from North West retaliated with a goal in each half, claiming a log point against the Eastern Cape side. This means that NMMU, unbeaten in a home game in last year’s tournament, have retained their home game record.

 

The second game of the day also resulted in a draw, after a goal in the 91st minute from UCT’s Michael Salgado equalised the earlier second half goal of Tsietsi Tshehla from the University of Limpopo. The tight 1-1 game at the Green Mile in Cape Town, saw the new boys from Limpopo come agonisingly close to victory in their first ever Varsity Football match.

 

In the second lot of the opening day’s matches, tournament newcomers UJ thought they had secured victory over UWC with a late strike from Wisdom Mathebula, which put them ahead by 2 goals to 1. Playing at the UWC Stadium, Wade Crowie saved the home side from defeat with a phenomenal free kick in the final moments of the match, securing a 2-2 draw and rescuing UWC from defeat. It was a tight game, with tournament new boys UJ dominating possession in the opening exchanges but being held at bay by UWC as the game progressed.

 

In the final match of the first day, a second-half goal from Lucky Mathosi saw defending Varsity Football champions UP-Tuks secure a hard fought 1-0 victory over a determined Kovsies side in Pretoria. The win sees the 2013 winners at the top of the log as the other three matches of the opening round of action ended in draws.

 

FNB’s Man of the Match awards went to Kurt Duff from NMMU, Bevan Adonis from UCT, Reon October from UWC, and Mbongeni Masilela from UP-Tuks.

 

Bringing much of the excitement often seen at American baseball games, Varsity Sports events are renowned as much for their athletic mettle as they are for their showmanship, with flashy cheerleaders, pyrotechnics, thumping music and blaring fans. The concept is that of a playground, where the best footballers can test themselves against their peers. Market-leading brands sponsor the platform, with Samsung, Debonairs Pizza, FNB, Cell C and Jet Mart as the lead football sponsors.

 

CEO for Varsity Sports, Duitser Bosman says, “The excitement and quality of Varsity Football is what draws the crowds to these events. These high-energy events are well organised and offer huge spectator entertainment.”

 

Marketing Executive for Varsity Sports, Guy Loxton adds, “Varsity Sports is seeing many promising sportsmen and women successfully compete at its events and gain the attention they deserve.”

 

The second round of Varsity Football will roll out from 28th July, 2014 in the Free State, Mafikeng, Cape Town and Johannesburg. With eight more weeks of non-stop and explosive football action to look forward to, get yourself down to games in your province to experience Monday’s excitement first hand. Matches commence at 16:45, 18:00 and 19:00.

 

For those living further afield, be sure to watch all the drama unfold by following non-stop Varsity Sports action on SuperSport channels 210 and 204 next Monday. The programme follows:

 

DATE

NO

TIME

HOME TEAM

VS

AWAY TEAM

VENUE

TV

28-Jul-14

5

16:45

KOVSIES

vs

LIMPOPO

SHIMLA PARK

6

19:00

NWU

vs

UWC

NWU MAFIKENG

SPORTS STADIUM

7

18:00

UCT

vs

TUKS

UCT RUGBY FIELDS

 

8

18:00

UJ

vs

NMMU MADIBAZ

BUNTING ROAD CAMPUS

SPORTS COMPLEX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

04-Aug-14

9

16:45

UWC

vs

KOVSIES

UWC SPORTS STADIUM

10

19:00

TUKS

vs

UJ

TUKS STADIUM

11

18:00

NMMU MADIBAZ

vs

UCT

NMMU MADIBAZ STADIUM

 

12

18:00

NWU

vs

LIMPOPO

NWU MAFIKENG SPORTS STADIUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11-Aug-14

13

16:45

TUKS

vs

LIMPOPO

TUKS STADIUM

14

19:00

NWU

vs

UCT

NWU MAFIKENG SPORTS STADIUM

15

18:00

NMMU MADIBAZ

vs

UWC

NMMU MADIBAZ STADIUM

 

16

18:00

KOVSIES

vs

UJ

SHIMLA PARK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18-Aug-14

17

16:45

KOVSIES

vs

NMMU MADIBAZ

SHIMLA PARK

18

19:00

UJ

vs

UCT

SOWETO CAMPUS

19

18:00

TUKS

vs

NWU

TUKS STADIUM

 

20

18:00

UWC

vs

LIMPOPO

UWC SPORTS STADIUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25-Aug-14

21

16:45

NWU

vs

UJ

NWU MAFIKENG SPORTS STADIUM

22

19:00

NMMU MADIBAZ

vs

LIMPOPO

NMMU MADIBAZ STADIUM

23

18:00

UWC

vs

TUKS

UWC SPORTS STADIUM

 

24

18:00

UCT

vs

KOVSIES

UCT RUGBY FIELDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01-Sep-14

25

16:45

UCT

vs

UWC

UCT RUGBY FIELDS

√ 

26

19:00

TUKS

vs

NMMU MADIBAZ

TUKS STADIUM

27

18:00

KOVSIES

vs

NWU

SHIMLA PARK

 

28

18:00

UJ

vs

LIMPOPO

BUNTING ROAD CAMPUS SPORTS COMPLEX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08-Sep-14

29

16:45

2ND ON LOG

vs

3RD ON LOG

TBC

30

19:00

1ST ON LOG

vs

4TH ON LOG

TBC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15-Sep-14

31

19:00

WINNER OF SEMI-FINAL

 

WINNER OF SEMI-FINAL

HIGHEST ON LOG

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