Five minutes with TuksCycling


As UP’s premier cycling club, TuksCycling offers students the opportunity to be part of the university’s cycling community. Perdeby recently contacted club chairman Sean Attridge to discuss the club’s current activities, student membership, and plans for the future.


For the readers who do not know much about TuksCycling, tell us more about the club.

TuksCycling is the official cycling club of the University of Pretoria. We have two main branches to our club, the club and group riding side as well as the racing side. Both are instrumental in the success of the club as a whole. The main function of the club is to bring people together to ride their bikes and have fun doing it.


Summer Universiade returns


24 Tuks athletes as well as five HPC and Tuks technical staff members have been made a part of the delegation that will represent Team South Africa at the 29th rendition of the 2017 Summer Universiade, which is set to take place from 19 to 30 August.

The Universiade, which is also referred to as the World Student Games or the World University Games, is the biggest international, multi-coded sporting competition for student athletes, and is organised by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The event attracts thousands of young student athletes from more than 170 countries, and has become a platform for the world’s future generation of athletes to showcase their talents against the world’s best student athletes.

Last month University Sports South Africa (USSA) named and finalised a contingent of 180 members that will be sent to the event to represent Team South Africa. There are 129 members from Team South Africa who will be competing in ten sporting disciplines at the event, this includes football, water polo, tennis, athletics, fencing, golf, gymnastics, swimming, and table tennis at the event. The remaining 51 members will consist of a technical team of coaches, medical staff and managers.


UP prepares for Varsity Netball


TuksNetball will return for the fifth edition of Varsity Netball on 27 August, seeking to claim their first ever title in the competition. The team will be looking to go all the way this year, following their disappointing 55-56 home final loss last year to Pukke (North-West University). Perdeby got in touch with Head of Programme and Head Coach, Jenny van Dyk, to discuss her thoughts ahead of the 2017 campaign.


What have the team’s preparations been, leading into this year’s competition?

For me, I think what has been most important was our preparations that occurred last year directly after Varsity Netball. While most teams went into a rest phase after the competition, we decided to push through and put our players through an intensive six-week training programme to prepare our girls a little bit better for the 2017 sporting calendar. Following that loss in the final, we decided that it was necessary to push ourselves mentally, and so decided to dedicate time out of the November exam schedule to train our athletes in the heat, simulating one on one situations to improve the girls’ mental capacities. For this reason specifically, we sought out very hot and extreme conditions. Additionally, we have many athletes who perform for our national team and other teams outside the university structure, who we have made sure have received the appropriate and necessary match time leading into this year’s competition.


Varsity Football Round Up


The 2017 Varsity Football Tournament has served up some entertaining fixtures as well as a few surprise results after three rounds of matches.

The first round of action kicked off on 27 July as defending champions TUT looked to defend their title as they hosted cross-town rivals UP. In the end, the two teams would end the game all square with a late free-kick from the home side ensuring the proceedings ended 1-1. Elsewhere, CUT (Central University of Technology) took on UJ (University of Johannesburg) at home as they looked to avenge their 2016 semi-final loss. The hosts managed to make out a narrow 1-0 win courtesy of a 66th minute Mpho Molwatse deflected shot. The first round also saw NWU and UWC take home three points each, with the latter putting together the best performance of the first round as they thrashed Wits 6-0.


TuksFootball draws first game


UP’s Varsity Football campaign kicked off on Thursday 27 July with the Tshwane Derby against TUT. Having never beaten their cross-town rivals in any of their previous varsity football encounters, UP’s footballers wanted a win at TUT’s stadium.

Both teams began the match energetically, with possession changing frequently in the early stages. TUT’s Themba Ndlovu was the liveliest of all on the pitch, as a string of promising crosses early on tested UP’s defence. Despite enjoying over 60 percent of the possession, UP were unable to create many clear-cut chances. The same could be said of their hosts, with striker Themba Ndlovu’s miscued shot coming closest to breaking the deadlock just before halftime. The second half got off to a promising start for UP with Jeremiah Nkwana’s free kick appearing to strike a TUT arm in the penalty area. Nothing would come of the appeals from the UP bench as the referee allowed play to continue. However UP’s efforts eventually paid off in the 55th minute as a cross by Nkwana was headed into the goal by Khumbulani Siluma to make it 1-0.


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