After a long weekend of bumper matches, TUKS remains at the top of the log. There is a big gap between them and Kovsies with Pukke following closely behind. NMMU started off strong this season but seem to be the big disappointment this weekend after two deadly losses. There is still ample time for them to change their course and take this year’s title. With five matches to go, the winner is anyone’s guess!
Maties proved far too strong for VUT as they recorded a resounding 74-24 Varsity Netball victory in Port Elizabeth today. It was Maties’ second consecutive victory after their 51-42 win against hosts NMMU on Sunday, whilst VUT are still looking for their first win of the tournament. The game got off to a frantic start as the teams exchanged early blows, but Maties soon took control of proceedings and had built up a 18-9 lead by the first break. The onslaught continued in the second and third quarter as VUT fell right off the pace, and Maties wrapped the bonus point up early to take a 58-22 into the final break. It was more of the same in the last quarter, and although VUT fought hard they could not avoid another heavy defeat.
FNB player of the match: Melandi Pretorius
UJ were made to work hard for their 62-40 bonus point victory over a brave UCT side. The scoreline would suggest the Joburg ladies had it all their own way in the match but that wasn’t the case as UCT pushed them all the way .UJ started stronger in the opening five minutes but UCT found their way back into the quarter, however, the Joburg ladies rallied on to take a 14-9 lead at the first interval. UJ once again started the stronger of the teams and increased their lead but UCT made the most of the powerplay to reduce their opponent’s lead. The Cape ladies found their rhythm to level matters with 5 minutes left in the quarter. UJ struck back late in the quarter to hold a slender 27-23 lead at the halftime break. UCT came out firing in the third quarter as they once again reduced UJ’s lead. The Joburg ladies started to settle and began to run away with the match as they held a 49-33 lead heading into the final quarter .UJ brought up their bonus point with the first goal of the final quarter as they looked to distance themselves from their Cape opponents. Despite the best efforts of the Cape ladies, UJ did enough to hold onto their lead and walked away 64-40 victors.
FNB Player of the Match: Ilze Jones
UP-Tuks continued their unbeaten start to the Varsity Netball tournament with a 59-25 victory over NMMU in Port Elizabeth today. It was a fourth consecutive win for the Pretoria side to see them keep their place at the top of the standings, whilst it was a second straight defeat at home for the Madibaz. It was a tight battle from the outset, with the lead changing hands often as the teams threw everything at each other. The visitors finished strongest and were able to take a 11-8 lead into the first break, but the Madibaz had the crowd right behind them on home turf. The second quarter was tense with neither side willing to give an inch, but UP-Tuks kept their composure and managed to stretch their lead to 26-13 by the half-time break. Although NMMU were working hard in front of their fans, UP-Tuks were showing the kind of form that has seen them beat every team they have faced this year and by the final break they had established a comfortable 44-20 lead. That left them within touching distance of the bonus point which they claimed without much fuss to hand the Madibaz a demoralising defeat at home.
FNB player of the match: Shadine van der Merwe
A dramatic final quarter helped NWU-Pukke claim an unlikely 45-all draw with defending champions UFS-Kovsies to remain unbeaten in the competition. The match started at a blistering pace with defending champions Kovsies being the first to score. The high intensity continued for the rest of the quarter as both teams scored with nearly every visit to their opponents scoring zone. Kovsies managed to head into the first break with a slender 11-7 lead. The Bloem ladies managed to stretch their lead to nine points as they went into the halftime break 22-13 ahead. Pukke were fast out of the blocks in the third quarter and took the game to the defending champions as they went about reducing the nine point difference. Despite being outscored in the penultimate quarter, Kovsies did enough to hold onto their lead as they went into the final quarter 35-29 ahead. The North West ladies came out fighting in the final quarter and quickly reduced Kovsies’ lead to three points before the Bloem ladies hit back. Pukke weren’t going down without a fight and levelled the score with five minutes remaining. Both sides went flat-out to claim a late winner as Pukke made a comeback to earn them a 45-all draw with defending champions Kovsies.
FNB Player of the Match: Lentsa Motau
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|
|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||√|