Tuks Sport

Residence sport: team, family and fun

TAY LETHULOE


Residence sport has seen substantial growth over the years. Simply put, team members must belong to a university residence, day house, a society on campus or a faculty house. These teams compete against one another in house leagues across many different sporting codes. The sporting codes include football, netball, hockey, rugby and various other sports which many students have yet to explore.

The Student Sports Committee (SSC) ensures that the overall coordination and management of the matches. This allows students to enjoy recreational activities and the competition has grown fiercely, with a few rivalries developing amongst teams competing to be campus league winners. Other sports include the likes of badminton, chess and tennis, where students are allowed to participate in games to improve their skills.

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Past and potential future Springboks from Tuks

THORISO PHASHA

The Tuks rugby club has become a great breeding ground for producing many professional South African rugby players. The Tuks rugby club is the largest in South Africa boasting as many 55 teams. Being in existence for over a century, a total of 87 Springboks have emerged from TuksRugby, four of them Springbok captains.

Rugby World Cup winners Victor Matfield, Fourie du Preez and Wynand Olivier are a few rugby players who come from Tuks. This reputation of producing star rugby players has seen many young aspiring rugby players attracted to Tuks.

The LC de Villiers sports grounds serve as the home base for these young athletes. It has state-of-the-art training facilities and a large capacity stadium for the youngsters to display their talent. The pedigree and professionalism of TuksRugby is exceptional and this is evident from the appointment of former Griquas head coach Pote Human. Human took over the coaching reigns of UP Tuks-1 in 2013 and is one of many professional coaches employed to hone the rugby talent at Tuks.

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2014: A great year for TuksSport

SIMPHIWE NHLABATHI

For many, going to TuksSport games is considered a big part of the Tuks student life. For this reason, Perdeby is giving first-years a review of 2014 and a preview of what to expect in 2015.

Netball
The UP-Tuks 1 ladies had a stellar season after winning all their games but stumbled at the final hurdle. Kovsies are the only team to have beaten UP-Tuks in 2014’s Varsity Netball competition, even though the Pretoria side beat the Bloemfontein girls in the opening round of the competition. Much is expected of the Pretoria ladies as they have yet to win the Varsity Netball competition but with the 2015 season fast approaching, many are expecting the trophy to be brought back to Pretoria.

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Find your way through the LC de Villiers campus

SIMPHIWE NHLABATHI AND MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN

By now you have probably heard a lot about Sport campus. LC de Villiers need no longer be a myth.

Reaching the campus is easy. There is a bus that travels every 15 minutes from outside the Centenary building and drops students just beyond the gate of LC de Villiers. From the drop off point you can make your way to the Rag farm, the Tuks Student Gym (TSG) or lecture halls, which are both in the Rembrandt Hall, or to the sports fields.

All the Varsity Cup games are played at LC de Villiers so make your way there to show your support. You can also watch and support the residences, day houses and societies that compete in the TuksRes sport leagues. If supporting others isn’t as appealing as getting involved, join the TSG or make use of the facilities to train for various sporting codes.

Most of the facilities are open to Tuks students including squash courts, tennis courts, a swimming pool, cricket and soccer fields, and even a climbing wall.

Breaking new ground for Exploration

LAUREN NEUHOFF

2014 has been a great year for all sporting communities at Tuks. Along with the success of more regular sporting codes, Exploratio has begun a new era with the new Exploratio Committee members and the newly appointed chairperson Murray von Maltitz.

Exploratio is a social club at Tuks where people who enjoy the outdoors are accommodated with rock climbing, hiking and adventure racing. The members of the club form a team of adventurous people who do not shy away from adventure or a challenge.

The club competes in the University Sports South Africa (USSA) competitions along with many other more informal events. Exploratio came third in the last USSA championship. However, due to the nature of these activities being individual, Exploratio also assists members in getting involved in all the various events.

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