Riveting action expected between top four football loving universities including the Varsity Football women semi-finals
After an action-packed league phase, we are now down to the top four Varsity Football sides for the semi-finals on Monday. NWU will be giving it their all against Tuks and UJ take on UFS Kovsies. All four teams will be “on the ball” on Monday and the matches promise exciting contests between the top varsity teams. Next week also sees the top four USSA football champions battle it out in their semi-final matches for the Varsity Football women’s title.
Defending champions UP-Tuks will once again face NWU in the Varsity Football semi-final, this time in Mafikeng. The Pretoria side beat NMMU 4-0 on Monday to seal a third spot on the log standings with their fourth win in their victory campaign. They will be hoping for a repeat of last year’s semi-final, which they won on their home ground. UP-Tuks captain, Ntswane, knows that this year’s contest in Mafikeng will be a tough call, saying, “Having to play against NWU again in the semis will be much harder than last year. They now have the advantage of playing on their home turf. But we have to go out there and go about our business – winning. We have work as a team and score the final few goals that we need for victory.”
NWU finished the league phase of the competition unbeaten after drawing 1-1 with Kovsies in Bloemfontein on Monday. This was their third away draw, having ended even in their matches against NMMU in Port Elizabeth and UP-Tuks in Pretoria earlier in the tournament. They will host the Pretoria side in a replay of last year’s semi-final, and are desperate for a different result. Coach Amos Xabanisa said that the role of their passionate fans would be vital in their semi-final against defending champions UP-Tuks in Mafikeng. The North West team learned some valuable lessons in Bloemfontein, which they will use to raise their game. They will be going all out for a win in front of their faithful fans on Monday, which will take them into their first final.
Playing conditions and big match temperament will be two key factors when UJ host UFS-Kovsies in the Varsity Football semi-finals at Soweto Campus Sports Complex. Ahead of their clash on Monday, UJ coach Bradley Carnell, and his Kovsies counterpart Godfrey Tenoff, have both emphasised the importance of these elements.
The semi-finalists are all fielding strong squads for the knock-out matches. The teams will be relying on key players to bag their spot in the final on Monday, 15 September. UJ coach Carnell, who has coached his side to top spot in the debut Varsity Football season, mentioned influential captain Grant Bruchhausen and midfielder Carl Clements as players pivotal to the team’s success this season. For Kovsies, defenders Jarred Meyer and Dumisani Tjomelane, and striker Jay Jay Groenewald, have played important roles in landing their team a spot in the semi-finals. UJ have just one injury concern ahead of the clash, as midfielder Tebogo Mandyu received a knock in the match against UL earlier this week. Carnell lauded Mandyu for his playmaking skills this season and said he will be sorely missed if he does not make the squad. In the last clash between these two teams in Bloemfontein, UJ held on to secure a 2-2 draw after playing with ten men for more than an hour after their captain was sent off. Carnell believes this could give the home-side a psychological advantage when the teams lock horns next week. However, Kovsies’ Tenoff insists his team will be ready, saying the experience of the senior players will ensure victory on Monday night.
The UJ women’s team are back to defend the title they won last year after demolishing TUT 6-0 to be crowned inaugural champions. However, UJ only managed to finish third at USSA Nationals. TUT will be coming into the tournament full of confidence following their triumph at USSA Nationals and will be going all out to claim the double. In the early match, which kicks off at 16:00 in Soweto, defending champions UJ host UP-Tuks in a Gauteng Derby that will be played as a curtain raiser to the men’s semi-final between UJ and UFS. USSA champions TUT will be up against UWC in Mafikeng after the first men’s semi-final between NWU and UP-Tuks. Kick-off will be at 19.00. TUT and UWC will have the pleasure of playing in front of the massive Mafikeng crowd that is sure to flock to the NWU Stadium for both the men’s and women’s matches.
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 semi-final round of Varsity Football men’s and women’s will roll out from the 08th September in Mafikeng and Soweto. 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|
|08-Sep-14||29||16:45||NWU||vs||TUKS||NWU Mafikeng Stadium||√|
|30||19:00||UJ||vs||Kovsies||UJ Soweto Sport Complex||√|
|15-Sep-14||31||19:00||WINNER OF SEMI-FINAL||WINNER OF SEMI-FINAL||HIGHEST ON LOG||√|
|DATE||NO||TIME||HOME TEAM||VS||AWAY TEAM||VENUE||TV|
|08-Sep-14||01||16:00||UJ Women||vs||Tuks Women||UJ Soweto Sport Complex|
|02||19:00||TUT Women||vs||UWC Women||NWU Mafikeng Stadium|
|15-Sep-14||03||19:00||WINNER OF SEMI-FINAL||vs||WINNER OF SEMI-FINAL||TBC|