Top teams NWU and UJ continued their fight today as both remain top of the log.
The final games of the current Varsity Football season have fans on the edge of their seats. This week saw the Cape Town students proving their mettle as they beat UP-Tuks in Bellville, but not much can be said for UCT’s performance as it’s done nothing to move them off the bottom of the log. Meanwhile, NMMU did well again to score three goals against newcomers UL − next week is sure to keep everyone guessing as the remaining teams fight for the final victory.
The first Varsity Football clash of the night was between NWU and UJ in Mafikeng. It ended in a tense 1-1 draw, which means that both teams maintain their unbeaten status this season, with goal difference separating them on the standings. Both sides missed opportunities, with NWU’s Tshenolo Machwisa pulling his shot wide and UJ’s Ruben De Freitas attempt being deflected by the crossbar. However, UJ took the lead when a long ball fell for De Freitas, who showed great composure to send his volley past NWU goalkeeper Amogelang Maduo. NWU managed to level matters shortly afterwards when Lindani Dudula buried a penalty after a heavy challenge from UJ goalkeeper Mduduzi Khumalo. The game opened up as both teams threw everything at each other in the final stages, but neither could find a way past the 1-1 deadlock.
FNB Man of the Match: Grant Bruchhausen
The second game of the evening, held in Cape Town, saw Kovsies goalkeeper Serasengoe Moodie make a difference with the Bloem students securing a 2-0 win over the Cape side. UCT dominated most of the play in the first half, but the teams went into the half-time break at 0-0. Byron Donaldson from UCT handed the visitors the lead in the 52nd minute, when he slotted the ball into his own net from a Kovsies free kick. Kovsies had the final say though as Walter Phori put Jay-Jay Groenewald through and the striker made no mistake in scoring for the visitors. The win keeps Kovsies in the hunt for a semi-final spot going into the last round of fixtures. FNB Man of the Match: Serasengoe Moodie
UWC surprised titleholders UP-Tuks at the third game this evening with a 2-1 win in Bellville, where the hosts left it late to reignite their hopes of lifting the Varsity Football trophy this season. The visitors got the match off to a good start, shocking their hosts with a goal after barely two minutes of play. The titleholders showed their class in defense to hold off UWC’s attacks and went into the break with a 0-1 lead. UWC started the second half in true fashion, attacking UP-Tuks with all they had. Their hard work eventually paid off when Tapelo Sixishe headed in the equaliser from a corner. The Cape students kept their best for last with a stunning goal from Reza-Zain Dramat, who landed the winning goal with a glorious volley from a corner. This was UWC’s first home victory this season.
FNB Man of the Match: Thulani Mkosi
Meanwhile, NMMU moved up to third place on the Varsity Football standings with a 3-0 victory over Limpopo in Port Elizabeth. The hosts scored all three of their goals in the second half to give their play-off hopes a major boost, while newcomers Limpopo are yet to record their first victory in the competition. Neither goalkeeper had too much work to do as the teams battled for possession in midfield and although the Madibaz had more chances before half-time the match was goalless at the break.
The deadlock was finally broken by prolific NMMU striker Kieran Koert, who took advantage of some sloppy defending from Limpopo. They scored their second goal shortly afterwards when Onela Beqezi floated the ball into the top right corner.
A square ball from Koert was turned into the net by Simamkele Thobi, making it 3-0 at the final whistle. That put the finishing touch on a dominant second-half performance, which has NMMU back in the mix for a place in the play-offs.
FNB Man of the match: Simamkele Thobi
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 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 seventh round of Varsity Football will roll out from 1 September 2014 in Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Johannesburg. With three more weeks of nonstop, 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 nonstop Varsity Sports action on SuperSport channels 210 and 204 next Monday. The programme follows:
|DATE||NO||TIME||HOME TEAM||VS||AWAY TEAM||VENUE||TV|
|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||√|