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Perdeby interviewed Megan Page on the TuksSquash team’s success at the USSA competition and her own performance.
TuksSquash have been one of the most consistent top performers at the USSAs. What would you attribute this to?
I believe our competitiveness at the USSA is a direct result of lots of hard work, a good training programme and dedicated players. We have a great training programme in place that is tailored and is continuously developing toward the needs of the players. Our support structure at TuksSquash is a strong one and is made up of a team of managers and coaches, which plays a huge role. Most importantly I think we have a lot of awesome players who are dedicated and proud to be part of TuksSquash, which makes it natural to try to do our best for ourselves as well as our university.
Several TuksArchery archers took part in the Shanghai Hyundai Archery World Cup, which took place from 26 April to 1 May. This was the second stage of the world cup and UP archers Seppie Cilliers, Vivien de Kerk, Jeanine van Kradenburg, Gerda Roux, Danielle Wentzel, Patrick Roux and Marco di Matteo represented the South African team.
UP is one of the top archery clubs in the country and they are an affiliate of the South African National Archery Association. Van Kradenburg, one of the archers pegged to do well for the South African women, managed to finish fifth overall. The SA team will head to Turkey next month to compete in the third world cup stage, where UP members hope to gain as much experience as possible before the USSA tournament later this year. Van Kradenburg took some time to reflect on her Shanghai experience.
With the conclusion of the Varsity Cup a few weeks ago, ten teams recently hit the sevens circuit in the Varsity Cup sevens tournament. The competing teams included the eight teams that recently competed in the Varsity Cup rugby competition and two additional entrants, Walter Sisulu University (WSU) and the University of Fort Hare (UFH). The competition took place over three days from 30 April to 2 May at Villagers FC in Cape Town.
UP-Tuks went into the competition trying to redeem themselves after the shortcomings they endured in the 15-man format of the Varsity Cup but were left shell-shocked when they lost 31-12 to UWC in the opening fixture. They soon shook off the loss with a 31-7 victory over Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. North West University (Pukke) picked up a 19-12 scalp over UP-Tuks to hand them their second loss of the tournament. UP-Tuks regained composure to beat the University of Cape Town 29-14 and Stellenbosh (Maties) with a 24-0 scoreline to stay within title contention.
With the 2016 Rio Olympics rapidly approaching, Perdeby looked at the four UP swimmers who have recently qualified to compete in this event ahead of the 30 June deadline set by Sascoc. Cameron van der Burgh, Douglas Erasmus and Jarred Crous hope to represent South Africa in the Olympic Games this year, while Emily Gray hopes to partake in the Paralympic Games. These athletes have formed part of the TuksSwiming professional structure.
Cameron van der Burgh is one of the stand-out names that Sascoc will be relying on to bring home a medal, as he did in London 2012. He stood out at the first South African Olympic trials held at the Kings Park Complex in Durban. He qualified for the 100 m breaststroke with a time of 59.66 s, which put him in place to defend his Olympic gold medal. He also qualified for the 200 m breastroke with a time of 2:10.13. “Obviously Cameron’s chances are very good to win again, but he has very tough competition and has a score to settle for his loss in the Commonwealth games,” says head of TuksSwimming Rocco Meiring.
The annual Greenfields Senior Interprovincial Nationals (IPT) hockey tournament, organised by the South African Hockey Association (SAHA), took place from 25-30 April at the Randburg Hockey Astro in Johannesburg. Hosted by the provincial venue sponsor, Southern Gauteng Hockey, the tournament featured some of South Africa’s best senior male and female hockey players.
The Northerns Blues, also known as Northerns, is the section of Gauteng that represents Pretoria and its surrounding suburbs. This season’s Northerns team consists of a number of UP-Tuks hockey club representatives in both the women’s and men’s teams. The Northerns’ women finished in first place at the tournament, and the men’s side finished in fourth place.
The Northerns ladies consisted of UP-Tuks hockey club manager and current SA Women’s captain, Nicolene Terblanche, and UP-Tuks hockey players Kelly Kaulback, Celia Evans, Marissa Poolman ,Chané Hill, Charné Martell, Izelle Verster, Claire Gibbings, Jacinta Jubb, Anél Luüs, Megan Anderson and Jessica Dollar.
The team from Pretoria stole the show with their display of skill throughout the tournament, with a 4-0 semi-final victory over North West, where the likes of Martell, Kaulback and Terblanche were key players. This set up a final showdown against hosts and defending champions Southern Gauteng. The final gripped supporters from the start and resulted in a sudden death penalty shoot-out. The ladies from the north held their nerve to claim a 4-3 victory, which is their second title in three years.