Kovsies, UWC and NWU are starting to show their mettle
The fourth round has many fans cheering their teams on as NWU moves to the top of the Varsity Football standings. The underdogs continue to improve and the tops teams are fighting to maintain their positions. Who will take this year’s Varsity Football title?
The first game of the night saw UP-Tuks cruising to a convincing 5-1 victory over Varsity Football newcomers Limpopo in Pretoria today. It was a clinical performance from the defending champions as they bounced back from a disappointing 4-0 defeat to UJ last week. The match was the third straight defeat for the Limpopo team, who showed plenty of heart but have yet to register a win in their debut season. Botshelo Mfulwane scored the first goal in the first half, and the UJ striker added another goal not long after. Limpopo hit back with a goal from striker Clyde Kgatla, who headed a great cross into the net to make it 2-1 at the half-time break. Sibongile Njokwe put UJ 3-1 up after Limpopo failed to clear a free kick .Fullback Lindsay Stowman scored UP-Tuks’ fourth goal when he followed up on a loose ball after a good run from Mfulwane, who had drawn the Limpopo goalkeeper off his line. Limpopo pushed hard right until the final whistle, but the home side had the final say when Jeremiah Nkwana netted his team’s final goal in the bottom right corner.
FNB Man of the Match: Lindsay Stowman
The second game of the night between UFS-Kovsies and UJ, billed to be the match of Round Four, lived up to the hype as they played out to a dramatic 2-2 draw. UJ will head back home the happier of the sides, taking away a valuable point after playing most of the match with just ten men. The home side was awarded a penalty in the 36th minute after UJ captain Grant Bruchhausen handled the ball in the 18-yard area. Lehlohonolo Mokoena stepped up and assured his team the lead, easily getting past Harrison in goal. Kovsies went into the break with a 1-0 lead. The second half saw both sides in search of an early goal. The visitors drew level in the 66th minute when a deflected shot by Sandro Claro found its way into the Kovsies net. Manxubandile Bantshi struck a minute later, sending the match into a frenzy and handing the lead back to the hosts. UJ’s Lwazi Nogenga’s header beat Serasengoe Moodie in Kovsies’ goal and got the visitors back into the game. Both teams desperately sought the winning goal in the closing moments of the game, but neither could find the back of the net and both sides had to settle for one point.
FNB Man of the Match: Ruben De Freitas
The third game for the evening saw UWC earn some vital points in Port Elizabeth, where they emerged victorious against NMMU. The 2-1 UWC win at Madibaz Stadium was a heated affair that saw the hosts ending the match with just 10 men on the field. The Madibaz started well, putting the visitors under pressure with some great movements and passing which saw UWC goalkeeper Reon October having to make an early save. However, the Western Cape team drew first blood, catching NMMU on the break in the 16th minute and forcing a penalty which playmaker Tapelo Sixishe put past goalkeeper Lyndsay Jennings. This gave UWC a 1-0 lead at halftime .Midfielder Lukhanyo Rasmeni put the home team back in the match half way through the second half when he broke through the UWC defence. Reza Zain Dramat scored late to put the final nail in the coffin for NMMU by handing them their first home defeat in the competition.
FNB Man of the Match: Tapelo Sixishe
Another exciting final game saw NWU go to the top of the Varsity Football standings with a ruthless 6-0 demolition of UCT in Mafikeng. Striker Tshenolo Machwisa scored a hat trick, leaving the winless Ikeys at the bottom of the standings with just one log point from their four matches this season. NWU opened the scoring in the second minute when a great run and cross from Orebotse Mongae was finished off by Thatohatsi Santos who slammed the ball into the net to beat UCT goalkeeper David Frankel. Frankel found himself picking the ball out of the back of the net again shortly afterwards, as Tshenolo Machwisa scored to make it 2-0. The masterclass from Mongae continued as another weaving run set up Machiswa who had no trouble finishing his second goal to make it 3-0 at half-time. In the second half, a mesmerising run from Mongae set up Matsobane Matsi for the fourth goal of the match, shortly before Machwisa wrapped up his hat-trick to make it 5-0. NWU were not done yet though. A stunning shot from replacement Kagiso Modimeong found the bottom left corner to cap a resounding victory for the home side.
FNB Man of the Match: Orebotse Mongae
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 fifth round of Varsity Football will roll out from 18 August 2014 in Soweto, Pretoria, Bellville and Bloemfontein. With five 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|
|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||√|