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VarsityFootball: UP-Tuks fall at the hands of Wits

DYLAN JACK
UP have fallen out of their VarsityFootball campaign after their final hope of moving to the semi-finals was crushed in the hands of Wits. Disappoinment for the team began when UP travelled to the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) on Monday 29 August in their final game of the group stages of the VarsityFootball tournament. The Pretoria side needed to win to qualify for the semi-finals, but were unable to and lost 3-2 to Wits.

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Flying Fish Beach Volleyball series kicks off in Pretoria

CARLI-ANN FURNO
The third installment of the Flying Fish Beach Voleyball series kicked off at LC de Villiers this past weekend, 25-27 August.

“We are really excited about the tournament series as it gives the professional player a national platform to test their mettle,” says Gershon Rorich, the director of Beach Volleyball SA. “These players play for more than just the trophy at the end of the series.

This event is recognised by the Fédération Internationale De Volleyball (FIVB) which means that these players earn points that get added to the overall FIVB points rankings.” Catch Perdeby’s exclusive coverage of the event in our next edition.

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UP hurdles: LJ van Zyl and Le Roux Hamman

DYLAN JACK
UP hurdlers LJ van Zyl and Le Roux Hamman competed at the Rio Olympic Games. Van Zyl managed to finish fifth in the semi-finals, and first time Olympian Hamman finished seventh in his heat. Van Zyl was given lane three in his semi-final and was competing against a lineup with Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson, Turkey’s Yasmani Copello and Jamaica’s Annsert Whyte. Van Zyl started the race with a steady pace over the first 250 m to keep up with the favourites and looked set to qualify for the final, but ran out of steam over the final stretch as Whyte and Culson made their move. Whyte won the semi-final with a time of 48.32 s and Van Zyl finished fifth with a time of 49 s. Van Zyl will now focus on the World Championships in London in 2017.

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TuksChess host the inaugural Open Rated Tournament

THANDO CELE
TuksChess hosted their first ever Open Rated Tournament since the sports re-establishment in 2010 on the weekend of 19 and 20 August. The tournament was hosted at the Groenkloof Campus Sports Hall and 85 players participated. Participants came from Tshwane, Johannesburg and Potchefstroom.

The winners of Section C were mainly TuksChess Junior players with Kayleigh Weideman taking first place, followed by Keanan Fouries and Yoshua Smit. The Section B winners were Gerhardus Bekker, David Lubbe and Daniel Wohlfarht. The winners of Section A were Daniel Jere, Roland Bezuidenhout and Johannes Mabusela, while Jacqui Grobbelaar was awarded the prize for Best Lady.

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UP-Tuks tackle Varsity Netball

TAY LETHULOE
The fourth edition of Varsity Netball is set to take off on 5 September. UP-Tuks hopes to emulate performances that led to victory in the first edition of the tournament. In 2015 the team failed to make it past the semi-final stage, but this year they hope that having experienced players will help them to progress this year.

The team is captained by Shadine van der Merwe and showcases multiple Protea players, such as Lenize Potgieter, Jeanie Steyn and Izette Lubbe. The highly rated Pretoria team will rely on the same balance of youth and experience that allowed them to attain success in the USSA season.

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