UP athletes perform in Potch and Pretoria

From 3 to 4 March, athletes from the University of Pretoria descended upon Potchefstroom and Pretoria for the 2017 Varsity Athletics and an Athletics Gauteng North (AGN) meeting. It was a weekend where several athletes enjoyed success and displayed record-breaking performances.

On 3 March at North-West University, the fifth instalment of Varsity Athletics kicked off. UP enjoyed a fruitful campaign in the first instalment of the 2017 Varsity Athletics action. They currently find themselves top of the standings with a points tally of 15 604 in Division A of the competition, in which seven other universities feature and compete, while four other universities compete in Division B.


Shell Eco-Marathon returns to SA


Shell South Africa, a subsidiary of the multinational oil and gas company and the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) School of Electrical Engineering will once again collaborate in hosting another instalment of the Shell Eco-Marathon in Africa this year. Shell South Africa and UJ are inviting students from the Univer­sity of Pretoria who have a passion for ingenuity and innovation of cutting edge efficient technology to register a team, and possibly compete in the 2017 edition of this event, which is set to take place from 20 to 22 of October at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria West.

The Shell Eco-Marathon is a global initiative with events that occur annually in regions including Asia, the Americas and Europe. The project attempts to encourage young engineers to invent new forms of energy which could ultimately shape and revolutionise transport in the future. The aim of this initiative by Shell is to “challenge high school and university students to design, build, test and drive the most energy efficient vehicle”, therefore creating a platform for young, passionate Engineering students and enthusiasts to showcase and exhibit their fresh, new ideas regarding efficient energy against some of the best young minds on the African continent.


Tuks Varsity Cup recap


UP entered the ninth instalment of the Varsity Cup rugby competition on 30 points when they played host to Stellenbosch University (Maties) at Loftus Versfeld. UP, the two-time Varsity Cup champions, kicked off the 2017 season on a high note when they defeated their Cape-based rivals 13-9, after falling out of the competition in the semi-finals against Maties last year.

UP were welcomed back home to the Tuks Stadium on 13 February when they hosted the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Madibaz in a third round fixture. UP-Tuks continued their winning streak over the Madibaz as they claimed a 33-16 victory. This gave UP a 100 percent winning record going into the next fixture against the University of Johannesburg (UJ).


Catching up with Ryan Chapman

The University of Pretoria Football Club (AmaTuks) acquired four new players during the National First Division (NFD) Competition. One of these new arrivals is forward, Ryan Chapman, who has played regularly for the team since joining. Perdeby spoke with the striker on 28 February to enquire about his transition into the new environment at the University of Pretoria Football Club.


How have you settled in at the University of Pretoria?

I think I’ve settled in well. There are lots of guys that helped me settle in here. I know a couple of guys, I played with some of the others. The technical team was very good with that, and I think it’s a very good team. There’s good structures here and lots of young, hungry players.


Tuks takes Wits in Varsity Cup


On 27 February, FNB Tuks took on FNB Wits at home. Tuks won the game 25-9. Tuks stays third on the log after this win with 14 points behind Maties and Shimlas, who both have 19 points. This win is sweet after last week’s loss to UJ with a score of 18-17. FNB Player that Rocks went to Tuks’s very own Andre Warner. Captain Chris Massyn was pleased with the result and with how his team pushed Wits right until the very end, with Tuks scoring three tries to Wits’s zero.

The first score of the game went to Tuks at approximately eight minutes in, as they were awarded a penalty after Wits was guilty of illegal scrumming. This penalty was easy for flyhalf Tinus de Beer. Ten minutes in, Tuks was awarded another penalty for the same thing, but unfortunately this penalty was missed. Six minutes later, Wits flyhalf, Warren Gilbert, reminded the crowd that they were still in this as he scored a penalty for the away-team. The first try of the game was scored by Dewald Naudé. Although this spurred Tuks on, they conceded two penalties (both of which were easy enough for Gilbert to score) before they could manage to get the ball across the try line again. The second try was scored by Captain Chris Massyn and converted by De Beer, giving Tuks a 15-9 leg up. Just before half-time, Wits was given a yellow card for a dangerous tackle.


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