Explosive action expected at the game between Kovsies and NWU
As the end of the Varsity Football tournament draws closer, we anticipate a thrilling match between UCT and UWC, and more excitement as Limpopo, with their eyes steady on the prize, go head to head with UJ. The highly charged NWU team, who held their own last week in a well-played game, will take on Kovsies, leaving NMMU to battle it out against UP-Tuks on their home turf. If the enthusiasm of both players and spectators is anything to go by, next Monday will be a real humdinger.
In the first match of the next round, the UCT Warriors will be playing for victory against UWC at the Green Mile in Cape Town. Although UCT has put up valiant performances on their home ground, they have yet to win. They are currently at the bottom of the log. UWC holds sixth position with eight points. This is just two points off third, fourth and fifth log positions, giving them a slim chance of making it into the top four if results go their way.
The match to watch will be between UP-Tuks and NMMU. Defending champs UP-Tuks will want to come back fighting after their shock defeat by UWC at a very windy Bellville on Monday. They will need to put the loss aside and focus on making it into the semifinals .NMMU are on top form and could end up top of the log if UJ or NWU stumble. NMMU Madibaz head coach Graeme Harrison said, “My men have been working hard on rectifying mistakes from the previous game and will apply themselves with tenacity and intensity.” The match is a repeat of last year’s final, when Tuks ran out comfortable 4-1 winners. This year NMMU are more confident as they head into the match against their rivals.
UFS-Kovsies will have to overcome a powerful NWU-Mafikeng side when they do battle in a crucial game in Bloemfontein on Monday. The hosts will have to have a sound defence they are to control the likes of Orebotse Mongae and Tshenolo Machwisa. NWU come off the back of a hard fought draw against current log leaders UJ, while the Bloem students worked even harder to claim a 2-0 victory over a determined UCT. The North West side currently occupy second position on the log with 12 points, while the Bloem students find themselves in fifth position with 10 points. A win for the home side will see them leapfrog their opponents in the final standings. For the Mafikeng side a draw is good enough to qualify for the semi-finals.
Newcomers UJ and UL will face each other in the next round. The unbeaten UJ team currently occupy first place on the log, while the win-less Limpopo team find themselves in seventh position. The men from the north are planning to put a spanner in the works with a victory, which would prevent UJ from securing a home semi-final. Their coach, Burney Mamphsika, believes they can cause the biggest upset of the tournament. UJ will be looking to solidify their top spot and keep their momentum as they prepare for the knockout phase of the competition.
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 seventh round of Varsity Football will roll out from the 01st September in Bellville, Pretoria, Bloemfontein 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|
|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|
|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||√|