The second round of Varsity Netball took place in Port Elizabeth and Potchefstroom. Teams are starting to prove their mettle with TUKS topping the log after two consecutive victories. Close behind are NMMU and NWU who will battle it out on the 06th October. The bumper weekend will continue on Sunday and Monday leaving just 4 weeks behind for the teams to fight for the winning title.
Defending Varsity Netball champions Kovsies notched their first victory of 2014 with a 71-17 demolition of UCT in Potchefstroom today. Having gone down to UP-Tuks on home soil in Round One, Kovsies bounced back in fine style whilst for UCT it was a second defeat on the trot. Both teams were making basic errors in the first quarter, but things were looking tough for UCT who trailed 15-8 at the first break. By half-time Kovsies had built up a commanding 42-10 lead, leaving UCT with it all to do in the second half. By the final break Kovsies were ahead 59-14, and although the final quarter lacked the intensity of the first three, there was no denying Kovsies their first win of the competition.
FNB Player of the match: Karla Mostert
UP-Tuks made it two consecutive Varsity Netball victories with a 62-34 win against Maties in Port Elizabeth today. Having beaten defending champions Kovsies in Bloemfontein last week, UP-Tuks continued their momentum whilst for Maties it was a second straight defeat. The Pretoria side dominated the early exchanges to build up a 5-1 advantage and by the first break they were already 15-4 up. They maintained that dominance in the second period and managed to prevent Maties from scoring in the powerplay to establish a comfortable 35-15 half-time lead. It was more of the same in the third quarter as Maties battled to stay in touch, and UP-Tuks went into the final break on the brink of a bonus point at 47-27.Maties took the powerplay at the start of the final quarter as they looked to fight their way back, but UP-Tuks cruised to a resounding victory in the end.
Player of the match: Jeanie Steyn
NMMU notched their second straight Varsity Netball victory by beating VUT 57-28 in Port Elizabeth today. Following their away win against UCT, the Madibaz impressed their home crowd as VUT slumped to their second defeat in as many games.
The home side made an assured start to the game, and by the first break they had already established a solid 15-6 lead. The visitors were fighting hard, but battled to build any real momentum and trailed 28-13 at the half-time break. That left VUT with it all to do in the second half, and they threw absolutely everything at the Madibaz in an attempt to fight their way back into the contest. However, they could not turn things around and NMMU took a comfortable 41-22 lead into the final quarter. The biggest question was whether the home side would go on to claim a bonus point, and they managed without much of a problem to notch their second win of the season. FNB Player of the match: Zanele Vimbela
NWU-Pukke were impressive in their 65-49 Varsity Netball victory against UJ in Potchefstroom today .Last year’s beaten finalists made it two wins from their first two games, whilst it was a first defeat for UJ. The hosts made a fast start and scored five unanswered goals from the word go. The game was being played at an incredible pace, but Pukke made the most of their opportunities and led 20-9 at the first break. UJ regrouped and managed to put some pressure on Pukke in the second quarter as they started to fight their way back into the contest. However, Pukke were having none of that and a dominant burst just before the break saw them take a healthy 33-21 lead into half-time. By the final break Pukke were 47-33 up, and the only thing left for them was to claim the bonus point. They did so without fuss and closed out what was a convincing win in the end to maintain their unbeaten start to the competition.
FNB Player of the match: Izanna Muller
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.
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.
Duitser Bosman, CEO of Varsity Sports adds that, “Varsity Sports is seeing many promising sportsmen and -women successfully compete at its events and gain the attention they deserve, whilst achieving academic excellence.”
Carrying a five-year exclusive broadcast agreement with SuperSport, the Varsity Netball tournament is aired each Sunday and 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. Join us as eight of our top netball-loving varsities battle it out for top honours at this year’s tournament.
The programme follows:
|VARSITY NETBALL FIXTURES – 2014|
|Date||Day||Time||Game||Team 1||Team 2||Venue||TV|
|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||√|