The second round of Varsity Football took place on Monday 28th July, with teams fighting for a win after drawing in their first round games. All four second round games resulted in a winning team, with defending champions UP-Tuks the only team to win away from home, continuing their perfect start to the season.
The Bloemfontein side bounced back this week after their opening defeat to defending champions UP-Tuks with a convincing 2-0 win against the Varsity Football newcomers, Limpopo. They are up first again on Monday next week when they take on UWC. Kovsies coach, Tenoff, hopes that his team will maintain their winning streak next week’s game in Belville.
UWC lost against NWU this week in an away game, but created at least three clear-cut scoring opportunities during their narrow 1-0 loss. The team may have picked up only one point from their first two outings in the Varsity Football campaign, but coach Aboobakar ‘Boebie’ Williams is confident his team will turn the situation around on Monday next week when they play on home ground.
The defending Varsity Football champions UP-Tuks come up against rivals UJ in the second game on Monday. UP-Tuks went a goal down on the Green Mile this week against UCT, but retained their composure to secure victory and their spot at the top of the standings. UP-Tuks coach Evangelos Vellios said that his team’s fighting spirit was the key to their comeback 2-1 victory over UCT.
UJ’s massive 3-0 win against last year’s runners up NMMU–Madibaz in last week’s game surprised many. UJ is a definitely a team to look out for. With UP-Tuks at the top of the log and UJ just behind them, their contest in the next round is a match that is not to be missed.
NMMU take on UCT next week and are determined to bounce back after losing to Varsity Football newcomers UJ in their first away game of the tournament this week. They are looking forward to making amends against UCT on their home turf in Port Elizabeth on Monday next week. UCT lost at home to UP-Tuks this week, but coach Rowan Hendricks took plenty of positives from his team’s performance. The home side took a surprise lead in the match on the Green Mile, and although the defending champions fought back to win 2-1, Hendricks said that for UCT it was a definite improvement on their opening 1-1 draw with Limpopo.
The last game on Monday sees NWU come up against Limpopo. NWU plays on home turf again next week after Monday night’s 1-0 victory over UWC. Having drawn their opening match against NMMU in Port Elizabeth, the Mahikeng side rewarded their loyal fans with a home victory in round two. Newcomers Limpopo are hoping to have a better game next week after a disappointing 2-0 defeat by Kovsies in Bloemfontein this week. Dhlamini said that they will assess injuries at training this week, and focus on the team’s defence and lifting the spirits of the players as they look to move up from their current seventh position on the standings.
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 competing successfully at its events, and gaining the attention they deserve.”
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 screaming 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.
The third round of Varsity Football will roll out from the 4th August in Belville, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Mahikeng. Matches will be broadcast live on SuperSport, bringing the excitement of a Varsity Football event into the homes of the viewers. Games with a 16:45 starting time will be aired on both channels 210 and 204. The programme is as follows:
|DATE||NO||TIME||HOME TEAM||VS||AWAY TEAM||VENUE||TV|
|04-Aug-14||9||16:45||UWC||vs||KOVSIES||UWC SPORTS STADIUM||√|
|11||18:00||NMMU MADIBAZ||vs||UCT||NMMU MADIBAZ STADIUM|
|12||18:00||NWU||vs||LIMPOPO||NWU MAFIKENG SPORTS STADIUM|
|14||19:00||NWU||vs||UCT||NWU MAFIKENG SPORTS STADIUM||√|
|15||18:00||NMMU MADIBAZ||vs||UWC||NMMU MADIBAZ STADIUM|
|18-Aug-14||17||16:45||KOVSIES||vs||NMMU MADIBAZ||SHIMLA PARK||√|
|18||19:00||UJ||vs||UCT||SOWETO CAMPUS SPORTS COMPLEX||√|
|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||√|
|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||√|