The fourth round of Varsity Football will have fans on the edge of their seats as the eight teams continue the battle for first place. The third round, which took place on Monday 4th August, delivered a few surprises, the biggest of which was newcomers UJ leaping into top spot. All eyes will be on UJ as the excitement continues in the fourth round on Monday 11th August.
After a resounding 4-0 defeat against UJ on Monday, UP-Tuks will be first up next week as they take on newcomers Limpopo. Although some teams may find it difficult to bounce back after a home ground defeat, UP-Tuks are in great spirits and are feeling upbeat about their chances of victory in the next round. Coach Evangelos Vellios felt that it was a very harsh lesson, but a good one. “It’s a wakeup call that I think will get them back on their path to success.”
University of Limpopo coach, Strada Dhlamini, said that their dramatic defeat against North West University in Mafikeng was a tough pill to swallow. The Varsity Football newcomers went into the lead twice against NWU, but fell short of their first-ever victory as they went down 3-2 in the final stages of the game. Scoring a couple of goals against NWU has put their tails up, and the Limpopo team seem to thrive on away games.
NWU are proving to be a difficult side to beat on their home turf. They come up against UCT on Monday with the home ground advantage. NWU’s FNB Man of the Match, Orebotse Mongae, said the passionate Mafikeng crowd was instrumental in their tough 3-2 victory over Limpopo on Monday. “The supportive fans are intimidating for visiting teams, and they haven’t let us down yet.” NWU will be looking to grab three points against the visiting UCT side.
UCT are growing from strength to strength with every match and it can only be a matter of time before everything clicks into place. However, North West could prove to be a difficult place for this to happen, and the Cape Town team will need to dig deep and hope to at least salvage a draw. They are still fighting for their first win of the tournament, without which they could find themselves tied with UWC and Limpopo at the bottom of the Varsity Football standings. The Cape Town side looked up to the task when they took on NMMU in their third-round fixture on Monday, but the Madibaz took advantage of UCT’s inability to keep up the pressure to the end, beating them 2-1.
The NMMU Madibaz proved their Varsity Football campaign was far from over when they overcame UCT to claim their first win of the season on Monday. Madibaz head coach, Graeme Harrison, said he was delighted with the performance of his players in front of an almost 2 000-strong home crowd. “The boys fought hard. They stuck to the task and stood up to the challenge. I’m very proud of them.” NMMU face UWC on Monday night.
Despite a poor start to the tournament, UWC is still confident of reaching their goal of making it into the semi-finals of this year’s Varsity Football competition. The Bellville-based UWC team have managed only one point out of a possible nine from their three first outings, putting them at the bottom of the standings alongside neighbours UCT and newcomers Limpopo. They had plenty of opportunities to put last week’s game to bed but failed to capitalise on them. They will need to get points if they are to battle for the playoff places, but victory in the match on NMMU turf will be a tough call.
Kovsies take on the challenge of the ever-popular UJ on Monday. After notching their second straight win, Kovsies found themselves in third position in the Varsity Football standings. The Free State side followed up on their win over Limpopo with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over UWC in difficult conditions in Bellville on Monday. They came from behind, but fought back well to claim the three points. Coach Godfrey Tenoff said that he was proud of the character his side showed under pressure.
Rookies UJ have emerged as the surprise package of Varsity Football and they have made a statement of intent. Their resounding 3-0 victory against the Madibaz in the second round sent shockwaves to the big guns in the tournament. The German style of play that Coach Carnell has instilled in the team seems to be working. They are clinical in everything they do and their first touches are top class. Will they be able to go all the way and secure a home semi?
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 fourth round of Varsity Football will roll out from the 11th August in Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein and Mafikeng. 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|
|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||√|