Round four of Varsity Football, which took place on Monday 11th August, was dominated by big wins for UP-Tuks and NWU. Defending champions UP-Tuks kicked things off with a 5-1 defeat over newcomers Limpopo. NWU followed suit with a demolishing 6-0 victory over UCT, which put them at the top of the standings.
The 12 goals scored in these two televised games assured explosive action for viewers, and set the stage for a great contest in Round Five between the two powerhouses in Pretoria next week. The superb performances by the two goal-scoring teams secured spots for four UP-Tuks and three NWU players this week. This leaves just four more spots, which are shared amongst Kovsies, UJ and UWC. The winless duo of Limpopo and UCT are not represented.
After Monday’s draw for Kovsies, they will need to fight in their next game against NMMU to retain the fourth spot. Only the top four teams qualify for the semis. NMMU move into the fifth round next week after coming off a home defeat by UWC on Monday. They will need to lift their game if they hope to disrupt the momentum of Kovsies at Shimla Park.
UCT go into Monday’s game with their tails between their legs after the hammering they took in Mafikeng. They will need to summon up great will and energy to turn things around in Jozi. UJ go into Round Five feeling that they have it in the bag. However, with inspirational captain Bruchhausen missing after receiving a red card in Bloem, the reserve centre back will have to hit the ground running as the Orange Wave will be looking to stem the Cape Storm.
Undoubtedly, the hottest game of Round Five will be the clash between NWU and UP-Tuks. NWU will go into the game with huge confidence after trouncing UCT six nil. UP-Tuks’ 5-1 victory over Limpopo will assure that they too feel upbeat and confident. The match is set to be a real humdinger. It’s a pity the game won’t be televised, but spectators who make their way down to the LC de Villiers field are assured of an action-packed game, full of fireworks. It’s gonna be off the hook!
UWC will be feeling buoyant after their away win against NMMU and will be looking to grab another three points when they come up against the wounded Limpopo side, who took a hammering from UP-Tuks in Round Four, losing 5 – 1. Limpopo are currently above UCT on the log, but the travelling might get to the boys as they have no more home games and no more of the huge home-crowd vocal support to them the extra bit of a push when chips are down. They will need to dig deep to come away from the Cape with three points.
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 US collegiate sports 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 fifth round of Varsity Football will roll out from the 18th August in Bloemfontein, Johannesburg, Belville, and Pretoria. 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|
|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||√|