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TuksSport has something for everyone

ERIN SLINGERLAND

UP is flooded with new faces and sporting potential every year. UP-Tuks has produced, and been a home to, some of the most accomplished sportspeople in South Africa. Hennie Kriel, Caster Semenya, Victor Matfield, Cameron van der Burgh, and Heyneke Meyer are some of the few names of well-known and successful athletes and coaches produced by UP-Tuks.

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A view into TuksCricket

CHAD JOHNSTON 

Cricket is one of the more popular sporting codes at UP. Last season, the team finished as semi-finalists while representing South Africa at the Red Bull Campus Cricket finals in Sri Lanka. They also managed to finish as champions of the 2016 Varsity Cricket competition for the second consecutive season.

The club was founded in 1919 and as the game has developed so has the club, branching off into a women’s club in 1996. In 2008, Rob Walter started the Tuks Cricket Academy which caters for players across the spectrum from junior to senior level. The club has achieved a great deal of silverware and international success. For the past six years, the club has won the Northerns Cricket Union (NCU) Premier League. They have also won the NCU knockout competition seven years in a row and the NCU T20 club competition four years in a row.

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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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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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