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UP-Tuks tackle Varsity Netball

The fourth edition of Varsity Netball is set to take off on 5 September. UP-Tuks hopes to emulate performances that led to victory in the first edition of the tournament. In 2015 the team failed to make it past the semi-final stage, but this year they hope that having experienced players will help them to progress this year.

The team is captained by Shadine van der Merwe and showcases multiple Protea players, such as Lenize Potgieter, Jeanie Steyn and Izette Lubbe. The highly rated Pretoria team will rely on the same balance of youth and experience that allowed them to attain success in the USSA season.

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USSA 2016 hockey review

The 2016 edition of the annual University Sports South Africa (USSA) hockey tournament took place from 4-8 July in Johannesburg and was hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). At this year’s tournament UP finished second overall in the mens’ and ladies’ divisions after narrow losses to the University of Stellenbosch and North-West University (Pukke) in their respective finals.
The candy striped men and women played through the group stages of the tournament unbeaten. These performances swept aside the University of the Free State, the University of Johannesburg, Varsity College Durban and tournament hosts Wits with a complement of points to show for it.

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UP crowned 2016 USSA Rugby Champions

The USSA rugby championship took place at Walter Sisulu University from the 4-8 July. UP was crowned as 2016 champions after they beat a determined University of Stellenbosch (Maties) side by 21-17 in the final.

UP opened the tournament by beating the Central University of Technology 38-5. Inside centre WJ Strydom crossed the try line twice while wing Riaan Britz, hooker Theuns Reynolds and prop Justin Forwood also added tries. Flyhalf Marcel Steyn Scholtz added four conversions and a penalty to what proved to be a convincing display. Perdeby spoke to the flyhalf about the experience: “The USSA is always a tough tournament. You play against the best university teams in South Africa, but this year’s tournament was great! Even though the conditions were tough, some great rugby was played. I loved every second of [the game] down in East London,” Steyn Scholtz said.

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Varsity Football underway

The UP-Tuks team will look to improve on their 2015 campaign as they begin their 2016 Varsity Football tournament. The two-time champions were unexpectedly knocked out at the semi-final stages last year after a strong comeback during the log stages. The team will be under the new leadership of experienced Simbongile Njokwe as captain.

This will be a balanced UP-Tuks team, with many players returning and some of the players from the previous season no longer available. The likes of Jurgen Booysen, Qongo Musa and Tsambo Sabelo will be making their debut for the team. The Pretoria side also have a winning momentum coming into the tournament, having won the USSA tournament earlier this year.

Tuks’ campaign began against the reigning champions, the University of the Western Cape at UWC Sports Stadium on Monday 18 July. It was a game of two halves as UWC and UP-Tuks held out to a 1-1 draw. Perdeby will be providing match reports of every UP game, which can be found online at


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Latest on Brutal Fruit Premier League

The Gauteng Jaguars finished the sixth round of the Brutal Fruit Premier League over 13-15 May. They are currently at the top of the log with the North West Flames and have achieved automatic qualification for the semi-finals. The team drew on the experience of veteran shooter Lenize Potgieter. who returned to assist shooters Melissa Kotze, Ine-Mari Venter and Lindie Lombard. Perdeby spoke to the Tuks Jaguar rookie shooter Ine-Mari Venter ahead of the excitement for a mid-tournament catch-up.

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