Today saw the first of two gruelling matches set to take place in Soweto this week. TUKS, NWU, Kovsies and Maties are fighting for the lead as they continue to place top four. TUKS remains in the lead by a big gap, but the two point gap between NWU and Kovsies is slowly starting to decrease. There are only three weeks to go before this year’s Varsity Netball final – who will this year’s winner be?
Defending Varsity Netball champions Kovsies cruised to a convincing 56-29 bonus-point win against Maties today in Johannesburg. The Free State side were in control throughout the match, and ended with a full-house of log points as Maties buckled under the pressure. Kovsies made a fast start and took a 14-7 lead into the first break, and by half-time they were 24-12 up. Maties took the powerplay in the third quarter and managed to make up some ground, but Kovsies were already too far away to be caught. The only question in the final quarter was whether Kovsies would go on to claim the bonus point, which they did fairly easily in the end.
FNB Player of the match: Karla Mostert
The NMMU Madibaz handed hosts UJ a defeat in their Varsity Netball clash in Soweto today. The Eastern Cape side were simply too strong for their opponents, as they marched towards a convincing bonus-point win. The first quarter of the match was hard-fought as both sides looked to grab the early ascendency, but it would be the visitors to take a 9-5 lead into the first break .By half-time their lead had swelled to a comfortable 24-11 advantage, leaving UJ fighting to stay in the match in front of their home fans. The third quarter was a productive one for NMMU as they took their lead to 38-15, and the bonus point was wrapped up in the last minute in the compulsory power play.
FNB Player of the match: Bavuyise Matyumza
UCT had to come from behind to claim a hard-fought 43-40 victory over VUT in Soweto on Sunday. The Cape side had trailed by seven goals heading into the final quarter, but made great use of their powerplay to surge to their first win of the season. VUT came so close to claiming their first-ever Varsity Netball victory, but it was not to be and they have just a losing bonus point to show for their efforts. There was little in it before half-time, as the teams went into the break deadlocked at 21-21.
By the start of the final quarter VUT had established a 32-25 lead, but UCT found another gear and managed to close out a tense victory in the end.
FNB Player of the match: Nokwanda Khumalo
UP-Tuks continued their unbeaten Varsity Netball run with a 61-39 bonus-point victory over NWU-Pukke in Soweto today. The log-leaders made a strong finish to the game to hand the Potchefstroom side their first defeat of the competition. UP-Tuks took an early lead, and although it was a tense opening quarter they managed to take a 13-9 lead into the first break. NWU-Pukke were fighting hard, but they could not get within striking range and went into the half-time break trailing 28-21.The third quarter was more even which meant that UP-Tuks had a 39-33 advantage heading into the final quarter. However, UP-Tuks were ruthless in the final stages and stormed to a convincing bonus-point win in the end.
FNB Player of the match: Zandre Kruger
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|
|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||√|