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UP 2016 sport round-up: Football


UP’s footballers have faced a tough season this year both in university and national leagues. AmaTuks was relegated to the National First Division (NFD) this year after a difficult 2015/2016 campaign in the Premier Soccer League (PSL). By virtue of AmaTuks finishing second from last on the log (15th), they had the opportunity to resurrect themselves back into the PSL by playing in the promotion/relegation playoffs. They played along with Mbombela United and Highlands Park. However, their fate was sealed and their demotion to the NFD was confirmed as they failed to score a win in the playoffs, and subsequently finished in third place.

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TuksNetball narrowly miss the Varsity Netball title


 TuksNetball remained unbeaten in Varsity Netball this year en route to the Varsity Netball final. They played North-West University (NWU-Pukke) on Monday 17 October inPretoriatin a bid for the title. The game was very close and by half-time UP-Tuksewas trailing by two points with a score of 25–27. The players fought back and the score was tied at 42–42 by the third quarter. It was a tense last quarter, but despite their best effort, UP-Tuks lost by a single point in the last minute of the game. Despite this loss, the players never lost their spirit and continued to cheer and congratulate their opponents in a great display of sportsmanship. To end off an exciting match and tournament, UP playerMarlize de Bruin was chosen as player of the match.

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UP bounce back after Red Bull disappointment

Hopes were high as the Assupol Tuks cricket team headed off to Sri Lanka to defend their Red Bull Campus Cricket title, a tournament they had won for two consecutive years. The team started strong, winning two of their three group matches which saw them qualify to face the home side in the semi-finals. Although UP-Tuks started well by posting a respectable 180 in their allotted overs, it proved ineffectual against a spirited Business Management School Sri Lanka (BMS-SL) team who eventually went on to claim the title. This meant that the South Africans lost the trophy for the first time. In light of this, Perdeby reflected on the disappointment with UP-Tuks Cricket captain, Murray Coetzee.

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AmaTuks struggle in National First Division

UP have endured a shaky start to the season in the National First Division. The team is currently sitting at the 9th spot on the log after five games, with two wins, one draw and two losses. At the time of going to print, UP had seven points and were six points behind league leaders Thanda Royal Zulu, who were sitting comfortably on 13 points. AmaTuks supporters were hopeful when AmaTuks started the season with a 2-1 home win over Cape Town Stars. AmaTuks followed up the win with a 2-1 victory away to Stellenbosch FC. They initially fell a goal behind Stellenbosch, but came back in the second half with Chemon Petersen scoring the decisive goal.

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Tuks scoops second place at Varsity MTB Challenge

The Varsity MTB Challenge, an annual two-day mountain bike race took place in Franschhoek, Western Cape from 1-2 October 2016. University of Stellenbosch (Maties), the University of Cape Town (UCT), North-West University, Potchefstroom (NWU-Pukke), Nelson Mandel Metropolitan University (Madibaz), University of the Free State (Kovsies) and UP-Tuks competed for the podium and the chance to earn the title of top mountain biking university. After each day, the top team in each category received R1 000 and the winners in the Grand Challenge received R2l000 prize money.

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