The winners of this year’s season are anyone’s guess
The third round of this year’s exhilarating Varsity Football is off to a great start with all the teams proving their ability by fighting for the title. Last year’s winners have shockingly moved to the fourth position on the log with newcomers UJ ranking 1st
The first fixture got off to a good start with UFS-Kovsies scoring a goal in each half to secure a 2-1 Varsity Football victory over UWC in Bellville. It was the second straight win for the Free State team that beat Limpopo at home last week, while it was the second consecutive defeat for UWC, which has gained only one log point from their three games this season. UWC produced the first goal and later Kovsies’ Dumisani Tjomelane got the chance to unleash a thunderbolt volley that flew into the top left corner to make it 1-1. That was how it stayed until half-time as both teams battled to make the most of their chances in the tough conditions. Kovsies’ Manxubandile Bantshi put them 2-1 up with a header from a corner. With time running out the home side threw everything at Kovsies on attack as they searched for a late goal, but it was not to be as the visitors took all three points on offer.
FNB Man of the match: Themba Zimo
The second game of the night saw UCT go down 2-1 to NMMU Madibaz. The Cape side threw everything they had at hosts NMMU in the second half of the match. UCT started growing in confidence after 15 minutes, and nearly took the lead, but a powerful shot was blocked by the Madibaz defence. The Cape side’s defence was breached in the 29th minute when Sachin Jackson went on a run and his shot beat a helpless David Frankel to hand the Madibaz the lead. NMMU led 1-0 at half-time. The Madibaz doubled their lead against the run of play in the 80th minute when Kieran Koert found the back of the net with a header of his own. UCT went on a late surge in the dying minutes of the match and was rewarded when Moussi Sopp managed to get a consolation goal for the visitors during injury time. Despite conceding a late goal, NMMU held on to claim maximum points, which lifts them off the bottom of the log.
FNB Man of the Match: Sachin Jackson
NWU came out on top against visitors UL at North-West Stadium for the third Varsity Football game of the evening, where the hosts gave supporters a treat by edging their opponents 3-2 in a riveting affair. The visitors took the game to NWU in the opening minutes and the hosts resorted to making some harsh tackles, which saw some UL players going down to receive treatment from medics. This didn’t stop UL as they made a score of 0-1 after 30 minutes. Late in the half NWU pushed forward and were rewarded after Orebotse Mongae levelled the match at 1-1 just before half-time. In the second half, striker Mahlatse Mogale gave the visitors the lead again after he eventually broke through the defence. However, NWU defender Lebogang Phetlu managed to level matters again for the home side when he rose above the UL defenders to make the score 2-2 from a corner kick. NWU’s Tshenolo Machwisa then ended the match with a 3-2 win for the home side.
FNB Man of the Match: Orebotse Mongae
The last, but much anticipated, match of the day saw UJ securing a valuable 4-0 victory over defending champions UP-Tuks in Pretoria to move to the top of the Varsity Football standings.
The Johannesburg side followed up on their victory over NMMU last week in fine style, with UP-Tuks’ first defeat of the season leaving them down in fourth position on the standings.
With a foul from each side in the first half it would be UJ with a 1-0 lead at half-time. UJ were further able to extend their lead with Sandro Claro drilling the goal home to make it 2-0.The final stages of the match were tense as UP-Tuks threw absolutely everything at UJ, but there was still time for one last goal as UJ midfielder Tebogo Mandyu unleashed a stinging shot into the top left corner. There was still time for a fourth goal, as Ruben De Freitas had the final say to cap a comprehensive performance from his side.
FNB Man of the match: Tshepo Tolo
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 vocal 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 JetMart 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 11 August 2014 in Pretoria, Mafikeng, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein. With six more weeks of non-stop, 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|
|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||√|
|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||√|