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The UP-Tuks netball team missed out on what would have been consecutive Varsity Netball finals with a shock 50-56 loss to the University of Stellenbosch (Maties) at the UP Rembrandt Hall Monday night.
In what proved to be a tight start to the game, both teams were able to capitalise on their centre passes but it was Maties who were able to apply the required pressure to break away in the first quarter with a score of 14-11. The second quarter saw UP-Tuks make early substitutions that allowed them to find their feet and reduce the deficit to within one point. After almost drawing even on two occasions, the first half ended with a 25-21 lead for Maties.
A portion of the USSA championships took place between 24 June and 3 July, with events taking place at universities around the country.
The UP ladies were able to avenge their 2014 Varsity Netball loss to the University of the Free State, outplaying them for a 48-39 win in the final. This secured them the USSA netball championship as they defended their 2014 title. The team lost just one of their matches during the tournament.
Port Shepstone hosted the USSA golf tournament. UP was able to secure the title for an unprecedented tenth time.
An exciting two days of netball was hosted by the University of Pretoria on 20 and 21 September, which saw UP-Tuks claim a win against North-West University (Pukke), but also be defeated 55-41 in the highly anticipated match against defending champions The University of the Free State (Kovsies).
This was a repeat of last year’s Varsity Netball final as the top two sides went up against one another. Both teams were in good form after victories the previous day, with UP-Tuks overcoming Pukke 58-51 and Kovsies thrashing Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) 71-31.
Tension before the game saw both sides begin cautiously as they were neck-and-neck in the first quarter. It was towards the end of the second quarter that Kovsies began applying pressure on the home side, and they went into the break with a solid 28-22 lead. The second half began more positively for the home side, however, as they were able to create scoring opportunities and managed to reduce the deficit to two points. Both teams looked to utilise a sudden power play, but the Free State side were able to move into the final quarter with a slim two point lead.
UP-Tuks beat defending champions UCT-Ikeys 39-24 in Pretoria on Monday to move to the top of the Varsity Cup log.
The University of Pretoria side continued their dominance over the Cape side by scoring six tries to hand UCT their first away defeat of the season.