Intervarsity Sport

Hope after VarsityFootball heartache: Simbongile Njokwe

Following UP’s sudden exit from the VarsityFootball tournament, Perdeby spoke to UP captain and centre-back Simbongile Njokwe to review the season, gain some understanding of their downfall, and reassure fans of their comeback in the next season of VarsityFootball.


What have been the greatest contributing factors to UP missing out on the semi-final of the Varsity Cup?

I honestly think we were not consistent as a team. We lost matches that we were supposed to win. As the captain I failed the team, therefore we did not get through to semi-finals.

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UP start VarsityNetball with a win


UP started their VarsityNetball campaign on Monday 5 September in Bloemfontein. The team faced rivals the University of the Free State (Kovies) in the first leg of the tournament, and ended the first quarter of the tournament neck-and-neck in a 13-point deadlock.

In the second quarter the Kovsies’ use of defence and optimisation of interception opportunities gave them a slight 25-21 point lead. UP changed things up in the second half of the match as Shongile Hlongwane took up wing defence, captain Shadine van der Merwe made the shift to goal defence, and Chantelle Swarts came in as goal attack. The UP side capitalised on the changes, and with the help of the power play stepped off the court leading by 38-33 after the third quarter. They held fast to their winning momentum to end the game with a final score of 64-41. UP-Tuks vice-captain Tshinakaho Mdau was awarded player of the match.

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UP’s Mokgothu reflects on record VarsityFootball match

When reflecting on UP’s VarsityFootball campaign, a moment that will be cherished by the team is their record-breaking score of 9-1 against the University of Fort Hare. Perdeby spoke to Sego Mokgothu to get his experience of playing in this game as his first Varsity Cup game. 


How would you describe the experience of being involved in the record-breaking game against Fort Hare?

It was the best night of anything that I have experienced playing football. It was a must win for us as we could not drop any points at all. Being part of the 9-1 and being part of the squad was brilliant and the most wonderful thing was when I went into the team and scored on debut. It was overwhelming and is the highlight of my path in football so far.

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Varsity Mountain Bike Challenge

The Varsity Mountain Bike (MTB) Challenge is a two-day race that will take place in Franschhoek from 1-2 October. There will be a total of 1 500 entrants that will take part in a battle between the University of Pretoria, Stellenbosch University, the University of Cape Town, North-West University, and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

The race is broken up into two categories: the respective teams competing against one another for the USSA event, and the open category, which is divided into students, the general public, and university alumni that take part in university colours. UP will be taking a team of three men and three women. The confirmed riders so far include Edwin O’Neil, William Mokgopo and Michelle Benson. They have been chosen based on their performance and times since the start of the second part of the season which began at the end of July. The race caters for cyclists and spectators, with two days of varsity festivities on the cards with music, a lunchtime ceremony, cheerleaders, mascots, and the varsity-themed race village.

Perdeby spoke to Jaques Horn, chairperson of TuksCycling, 2016 team manager, and the captain of the past two USSA road tours, about the upcoming race and how to train for it.

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VarsityFootball: UP-Tuks fall at the hands of Wits

UP have fallen out of their VarsityFootball campaign after their final hope of moving to the semi-finals was crushed in the hands of Wits. Disappoinment for the team began when UP travelled to the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) on Monday 29 August in their final game of the group stages of the VarsityFootball tournament. The Pretoria side needed to win to qualify for the semi-finals, but were unable to and lost 3-2 to Wits.

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