UP start VarsityNetball with a win


UP started their VarsityNetball campaign on Monday 5 September in Bloemfontein. The team faced rivals the University of the Free State (Kovies) in the first leg of the tournament, and ended the first quarter of the tournament neck-and-neck in a 13-point deadlock.

In the second quarter the Kovsies’ use of defence and optimisation of interception opportunities gave them a slight 25-21 point lead. UP changed things up in the second half of the match as Shongile Hlongwane took up wing defence, captain Shadine van der Merwe made the shift to goal defence, and Chantelle Swarts came in as goal attack. The UP side capitalised on the changes, and with the help of the power play stepped off the court leading by 38-33 after the third quarter. They held fast to their winning momentum to end the game with a final score of 64-41. UP-Tuks vice-captain Tshinakaho Mdau was awarded player of the match.


UP hosts first round of Flying Fish Beach Volleyball tournament

The two-day first round of the Flying Fish Beach Volleyball tournament kicked off on Friday 27 August on UP’s LC de Villiers campus. UP was unable to make the final in what is the first of eight rounds.

Gershon Rorich, director of Beach Volleyball SA, was pleased with the outcome of the event, saying “Tuks is a great venue. We’ve had two years in a row now at Tuks, and we haven’t been disappointed.”

First place went to the men’s duo Leo Williams and Grant Goldschmidt, who were able to defend their title at the Flying Fish Beach Volleyball Pretoria tournament when they beat Colin Pocock and Casey Augoustides, who came second.

The female team of Lianne Vink and Dieke Hessels were disappointed when they were unable to defend their title, and were overtaken by Martina Bonnerova and Palesa Masinga. UP’s Nicky Wenhold and her partner Margrit Springer made it to the quarter finals.

Perdeby spoke with Wenhold to gain insight into her experience.


Returning to Rio: more UP athletes looking to impress.

The Rio Paralympic games will be underway from 7-18 September. Two of the 45 South African athletes are UP representatives. The star-studded squad will be representing the country in ten different sporting codes, which include archery, athletics, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, power lifting, rowing, swimming, shooting, and tennis.

UP swimmer Emily Gray made the Paralympic squad after a competitive campaign to qualify alongside Shireen Sapiro and Alani Ferreira. The 25-year-old Gray will be competing in the 100 m backstroke. Gray competed in two previous Paralympics and will be relying on her experience to further her advances. The swimmer has been an inspiration to many, with standout performances after an amputation at 12 following a diagnosis of bone cancer.


Varsity Mountain Bike Challenge

The Varsity Mountain Bike (MTB) Challenge is a two-day race that will take place in Franschhoek from 1-2 October. There will be a total of 1 500 entrants that will take part in a battle between the University of Pretoria, Stellenbosch University, the University of Cape Town, North-West University, and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

The race is broken up into two categories: the respective teams competing against one another for the USSA event, and the open category, which is divided into students, the general public, and university alumni that take part in university colours. UP will be taking a team of three men and three women. The confirmed riders so far include Edwin O’Neil, William Mokgopo and Michelle Benson. They have been chosen based on their performance and times since the start of the second part of the season which began at the end of July. The race caters for cyclists and spectators, with two days of varsity festivities on the cards with music, a lunchtime ceremony, cheerleaders, mascots, and the varsity-themed race village.

Perdeby spoke to Jaques Horn, chairperson of TuksCycling, 2016 team manager, and the captain of the past two USSA road tours, about the upcoming race and how to train for it.


UP’s Mokgothu reflects on record VarsityFootball match

When reflecting on UP’s VarsityFootball campaign, a moment that will be cherished by the team is their record-breaking score of 9-1 against the University of Fort Hare. Perdeby spoke to Sego Mokgothu to get his experience of playing in this game as his first Varsity Cup game. 


How would you describe the experience of being involved in the record-breaking game against Fort Hare?

It was the best night of anything that I have experienced playing football. It was a must win for us as we could not drop any points at all. Being part of the 9-1 and being part of the squad was brilliant and the most wonderful thing was when I went into the team and scored on debut. It was overwhelming and is the highlight of my path in football so far.


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