Varsity Netball got off to an explosive start in Round One, with some outstanding individual performances on the opening day. There was an upset as defending champions Kovsies lost their opening game at home to UP-Tuks, whilst in Potchefstroom Pukke were made to work hard for their win by a determined Maties. The NMMU Madibaz sounded a warning with a comfortable victory over UCT in Cape Town, and in Johannesburg UJ sealed top spot on the standings with a big win against newcomers VUT.
Looking to the weekend ahead, NMMU Madibaz have maximised their firepower for three pivotal Varsity Netball home games that start in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Madibaz coach Dumisani Chauke has called up wing defender Sinongiwe Madangatye and Luzanne Visagie on wing attack to add experience and balance to the youthful side, which also features Proteas goalkeeper Zanele Vimbela. UP-TUKS won their opening match beating the defending champions, Kovsies 54-48 on Sunday. Kgoputso said it was a tough and vigorous match but she is pleased they walked away with a win. Looking ahead to their next match against new kids on the block, VUT, she said they will work on keeping the on their targeted number of goals per match.
The University of Johannesburg’s netball team will make their way to Potchefstroom this weekend where they will face Pukke and Kovsies during the first bumper weekend of the Varsity Netball tournament. There is great energy amongst the UJ team and they are looking to maintain their current number one position on the log.
Operating across a number of different sports codes in South Africa, the Varsity Sports brand remains committed to changing the lives of others through the power of sport. We believe that by bringing sport and entertainment together, we can offer athletes, players, fans and general supporters a compelling reason to support the development of intervarsity sport in this country.
“Varsity Netball is a hotbed of thriving young sports talent in South Africa, and coaches, administrators and anyone with influence in the world of netball will be watching our players closely during the tournament,” says Duitser Bosman, CEO of Varsity Sports.
This year’s Netball fixtures will include the exciting Power Play which is accompanied by fast paced music and exhilarated fans. The games will also include DJ’s, MC’s, Cheerleaders, mascots, sponsor giveaways, smoke machines, laser lights and much more. The concept is that of a playground, where the best players can test themselves against their peers. Market-leading brands sponsor the platform, with Samsung, FNB, Cell C, Legit and Wimpy as the lead netball sponsors.
Carrying a five-year exclusive broadcast agreement with SuperSport, the Varsity Netball tournament is aired each Monday night on Channel 208 or 210. This allows you to keep up with the very latest developments in the performances of the participating teams. If you cannot make it to the game each Monday evening, then be sure to catch it live on SuperSport .
The programme follows:
|VARSITY NETBALL FIXTURES – 2014|
|Date||Day||Time||Game||Team 1||Team 2||Venue||TV|
|20-Sep||Saturday||14:00||5||Maties||Tuks||NMMU / NWU Puk – 4 teams @ ea|
|21-Sep||Sunday||15:45||9||Tuks||VUT||NMMU / NWU Puk – 4 teams @ ea||√|
|22-Sep||Monday||17:30||13||Maties||VUT||NMMU / NWU Puk – 4 teams @ ea|
|18:00||19||NWU Puk||VUT||NWU Puk|
|05-Oct||Sunday||13:15||21||Kovsies||Maties||UJ – all 8 teams|
|06-Oct||Monday||15:00||25||Kovsies||VUT||UJ – all 8 teams|
|13-Oct||Monday||17:30||29||2nd on log||3rd on log||2nd on log||√|
|18:45||30||1st on log||4th on log||1st on log||√|
|20-Oct||Monday||18:45||31||Winner 2 &3||Winner 1 & 4||Top of log||√|