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2017 TuksHockey preview

THANDO CELE

The University of Pretoria’s hockey club has dominated the Northern Gauteng hockey scene for over a decade and has produced numerous international players in both the men’s and women’s teams. The style and brand of hockey now synonymous with the Candy Stripes is a fast-paced and attack-oriented approach attributed to the teams’ ongoing success. In 2017, UP-Tuks will try to reach new heights at regional, provincial and national level in the hopes of cementing a legacy in hockey.

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TuksGolf prodigy Zanele Mazibuko

ANELE MANANA

Zanele Mazibuko is among a handful of female golfers at Tuks who are breaking down the stereotypical barriers surrounding the sport. The Sport Sciences student is swinging her way into public attention, showing us why women should be taken more seriously in golf.

What inspired you to enter such a male dominated sport?

My cousin and a few of my friends were all golfers so I would always accompany them whenever they went to practice. One day I picked up one of their clubs and aimed a ball at a hole. From then on, I began playing and never looked back. The fact that it was a male dominated sport didn’t demotivate me, instead [it] made me hungrier to play.

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AmaTuks makes progress in the NFD

KWAZI SOKHELA AND HUVASAN REDDY
The UP football team (AmaTuks) first won promotion to the National First Division (NFD) in 2005. By 2006, 7 Tuks players had been selected by the national men’s and women’s teams. AmaTuks won the 2011-12 NFD season, which granted them automatic promotion to the Premier Soccer League (PSL), the countries premier football division. In their first season in the top-flight, AmaTuks managed to finish in 8th place. AmaTuks was relegated in mid-2016, after spending 3 seasons in South Africa’s premier league, returning to the NFD in June 2016.

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Tight win for Tuks

CHAD JOHNSTON

UP- Tuks 1 had to fight hard for a win against The University of the Free State (Maties) in their first game of the Varsity Cup season at Loftus Versveld on 30 January. Tuks was dealt an early blow when lock Eli Snyman limped off the rain soaked field in the second minute. The team was hindered further when fly-half Tinus de Bruyn picked up a yellow card in the eighth minute.

Maties took an early lead through a penalty until UP-Tuks 8th man Christiaan Massyn bulldozed his way over the line to give the team a 2 point lead. However, Maties went into half time with a 6 point to 5 advantage. Tuks regained their lead in the 57th minute through a penalty and the match was delicately poised for most of the rest of the second half.

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UP 2016 sport round-up: Cricket

DYLAN JACK
UP-Tuks Cricket had another good year in 2016 as they once again won the Varsity Cricket tournament and also represented South Africa at the Red Bull Campus Cricket Finals in Sri Lanka, where they finished as semi-finalists.

UP started their Varsity Cricket campaign with a strong six-wicket win against North West University. This was followed by a tough double header against University of Cape Town (UCT) and University of the Free State (Kovsies). However, UP surged past both sides as they beat UCT by 52 runs and Kovsies with 15 balls to spare. UP then faced their toughest challenge of the tournament when they played against the University of Stellenbosch (Maties), and disappointingly lost the match by nine wickets. UP faced their second double header of the competition against Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC). UP beat both sides to return to the top of the log.

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