The opening day of Varsity Football saw a total of 13 goals scored, but only one team managed to record a win on [DATE], while the other teams produced three draws. This week will prove to be even tougher as the team battle it out to win the title.
The University of the Free State’s Kovsies are first up, after suffering a 1-0 defeat last Monday, against the University of Pretoria (UP-TUKS) in Pretoria. This time, their opponents are the University of Limpopo, as Kovsies aspire to a better future for the team, with Dylan ‘O Brien leading them to a historic semifinal spot in the Varsity Football competition. The University of Limpopo, who are newcomers to the field, showed their mettle last week as they drew 1-1 with UCT, managing to avoid defeat in their debut match. Limpopo will be the surprise package of the competition, if their result is anything to go by. As an unknown quantity, their element of surprise could taken them all the way to the top.
North West University (NWU-Mafikeng) want to lead by example this week, as they play their first home game of the Varsity Sports Football tournament against the University of the Western Cape (UWC). After a hard-fought draw against a determined Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) last Monday, the team are sure to prove their skills. UWC are in for a struggle this time round as captain, Cleo Popkas, picked up a knee injury against the University of Johannesburg (UJ) last week.Along with Popkas, Akhona Bonga (groin strain) and Josh Silent (hamstring) are also injury doubts for the trip to NWU-Mafikeng.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) play on home ground again this week, but this time against last year’s champions UP-TUKS. Captain, Gregg Bryer, believes playing in front of a home crowd plays an important role in lifting team spirit and helps with stamina. Let’s hope that this helps them score against the only team that has managed to win a game this season. Although UP-TUKS were a bit sluggish and didn’t get the combinations right last week, they are adamant that they will get it right on Monday.
Last week’s opening team, NMMU form the vangaurd of Monday’s fixtures as they play against newcomers, UJ. NMMU held NWU to a hard-fought 2-2 draw last week, and even though they did not take all three points the team showed great promise. UJ travelled to the Cape to play UWC last week, and took their first game of the tournament by storm. The team sparked after UWC took a 1-0 lead in the first half and impressed as they fought hard to come back with a 2-2 draw at the final whistle.
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.”
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 second round of Varsity Football will roll out from 28th July, 2014 in Bloemfontein Mafikeng, Cape Town and Johannesburg. 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|
|7||18:00||UCT||vs||TUKS||UCT RUGBY FIELDS|
|8||18:00||UJ||vs||NMMU MADIBAZ||BUNTING ROAD CAMPUS
|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||√|