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KWAZI SOKHELA AND HUVASAN REDDY
The UP football team (AmaTuks) first won promotion to the National First Division (NFD) in 2005. By 2006, 7 Tuks players had been selected by the national men’s and women’s teams. AmaTuks won the 2011-12 NFD season, which granted them automatic promotion to the Premier Soccer League (PSL), the countries premier football division. In their first season in the top-flight, AmaTuks managed to finish in 8th place. AmaTuks was relegated in mid-2016, after spending 3 seasons in South Africa’s premier league, returning to the NFD in June 2016.
UP-Tuks Cricket had another good year in 2016 as they once again won the Varsity Cricket tournament and also represented South Africa at the Red Bull Campus Cricket Finals in Sri Lanka, where they finished as semi-finalists.
UP started their Varsity Cricket campaign with a strong six-wicket win against North West University. This was followed by a tough double header against University of Cape Town (UCT) and University of the Free State (Kovsies). However, UP surged past both sides as they beat UCT by 52 runs and Kovsies with 15 balls to spare. UP then faced their toughest challenge of the tournament when they played against the University of Stellenbosch (Maties), and disappointingly lost the match by nine wickets. UP faced their second double header of the competition against Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC). UP beat both sides to return to the top of the log.
UP’s footballers have faced a tough season this year both in university and national leagues. AmaTuks was relegated to the National First Division (NFD) this year after a difficult 2015/2016 campaign in the Premier Soccer League (PSL). By virtue of AmaTuks finishing second from last on the log (15th), they had the opportunity to resurrect themselves back into the PSL by playing in the promotion/relegation playoffs. They played along with Mbombela United and Highlands Park. However, their fate was sealed and their demotion to the NFD was confirmed as they failed to score a win in the playoffs, and subsequently finished in third place.
TuksNetball remained unbeaten in Varsity Netball this year en route to the Varsity Netball final. They played North-West University (NWU-Pukke) on Monday 17 October inPretoriatin a bid for the title. The game was very close and by half-time UP-Tuksewas trailing by two points with a score of 25–27. The players fought back and the score was tied at 42–42 by the third quarter. It was a tense last quarter, but despite their best effort, UP-Tuks lost by a single point in the last minute of the game. Despite this loss, the players never lost their spirit and continued to cheer and congratulate their opponents in a great display of sportsmanship. To end off an exciting match and tournament, UP playerMarlize de Bruin was chosen as player of the match.
The 2016 hockey season proved to be another fruitful one for the UP-Tuks Hockey Club. The Candy Stripes men and women first teams swept aside all who came before them at league and regional level, successfully defending their league titles by playing an attractive and attacking brand of hockey.