Cape Town, 3 October 2014 – Varsity Netball is now in its third week, with five intense matches having been played around South Africa. There were comfortable victories for North West University’s NWU-Pukke over Vaal University of Technology (VUT), Pretoria’s UP-Tuks over the University of Johannesburg (UJ), and Stellenbosch’s Maties over the University of Cape Town (UCT), with the match between the University of the Free State’s Kovsies and Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) a little closer.
The NMMU Madibaz’s Varsity Netball ambitions suffered a setback when the side went down 53-38 to defending champions Kovsies in Bloemfontein on Monday night. Madibaz coach Dumisani Chauke said her team had known from the outset that the game would be a tough one on the Kovsie home court. Chauke said the Madibaz had trained hard in the weeks leading up to the match and prepared well for it. Although their chances of a top-four finish look slim, Chauke said it was not impossible.
NWU-Pukke have been impressive in their matches. The game they drew against Kovsies was spectacular, with both teams showing from the outset that they meant business.
This weekend may, however, prove to be difficult for UP-Tuks, who lost their star goal shooter Lindie Lombaard on Monday night when she was ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury. Lombaard was FNB player of the match in the Pretoria team’s 98-27 demolition of UJ on Monday.
“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 has been watching our players closely during the tournament,” says Duitser Bosman, CEO of Varsity Sports.
Operating across a number of different sports codes in South Africa, the Varsity Sports brand is committed to changing lives 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.
With only two matches to go before the final, it’s down to the wire which teams will be the last four. The stage looks set for some great fights on the court for those semifinal spots. The last two games will take place on Sunday and Monday at the UJ Soweto campus, with the Pukke game being televised from 5.30pm on SuperSport.
Adding exhilaration to the fixtures is the ‘Power Play’ game, where the best players can pit themselves against their peers. The game, which is sponsored by Samsung, FNB, Cell C, Legit and Wimpy, is accompanied by music, DJs, MCs, cheerleaders and mascots, sponsor giveaways, smoke machines, laser lights and much more.
The Varsity Netball tournament has a five-year exclusive broadcasting agreement with SuperSport, and is aired each Sunday and Monday on Channel 208 or 210.
|VARSITY NETBALL FIXTURES – 2014|
|Date||Day||Time||Game||Team 1||Team 2||Venue||TV|
|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||√|