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Despite a season disrupted by student protests, UP-Tuks managed a fair showing in this year’s Varsity Cup as they finished fourth on the log and were knocked out by the University of Stellenbosch (Maties) in the semi-finals.
UP-Athletics and TuksRowing have enjoyed plenty of success in particular. Tebogo Mamatu won Student Sportswoman of the Year while Luvo Manyonga received the Newsmaker of the Year alongside Lawrence Brittain. TuksRowing stole the show as they were awarded Student Sports Club of the Year with four other individual awards. These included Student Sportsman of the Year (David Hunt and Jake Green) and Individual Sports Coach of the Year (Roger Barrow).
UP have endured a shaky start to the season in the National First Division. The team is currently sitting at the 9th spot on the log after five games, with two wins, one draw and two losses. At the time of going to print, UP had seven points and were six points behind league leaders Thanda Royal Zulu, who were sitting comfortably on 13 points. AmaTuks supporters were hopeful when AmaTuks started the season with a 2-1 home win over Cape Town Stars. AmaTuks followed up the win with a 2-1 victory away to Stellenbosch FC. They initially fell a goal behind Stellenbosch, but came back in the second half with Chemon Petersen scoring the decisive goal.
Hopes were high as the Assupol Tuks cricket team headed off to Sri Lanka to defend their Red Bull Campus Cricket title, a tournament they had won for two consecutive years. The team started strong, winning two of their three group matches which saw them qualify to face the home side in the semi-finals. Although UP-Tuks started well by posting a respectable 180 in their allotted overs, it proved ineffectual against a spirited Business Management School Sri Lanka (BMS-SL) team who eventually went on to claim the title. This meant that the South Africans lost the trophy for the first time. In light of this, Perdeby reflected on the disappointment with UP-Tuks Cricket captain, Murray Coetzee.
THORISO PHASHA AND KWAZI SOKHELA
The Engen Champ of Champs soccer tournament hosted by SuperSport United Football Club at the University of Pretoria High Performance Sports Complex was brought to an abrupt end on 8 October. The tournament was scheduled to take place from 7-9 October, but was cancelled after footballer Kabelo Qabalatsane passed away.