At this time of the year, things can get a bit confusing varsity sports wise as some tournaments have ended and others are about to begin. Varsity Breakout gives you the lowdown on the past, present and future of varsity sport.
Starting with rugby, FNB Shimlas from the University of Free State (UFS) beat FNB Pukke from North-West University (NWU) 63-33 to claim their maiden Varsity Cup title, in April this year. UFS added another title to their rugby in winning the Varsity Sevens tournament after beating UP-Tuks 24-19 earlier this year in April.
Another rugby tournament that took place, also in April, was the Varsity Shield tournament in which FNB UKZN (University of KwaZulu-Natal) were victorious against FNB Wits (University of the Witwatersrand), after beating them 29-24 to claim the title.
Last month the University of Johannesburg (UJ) became the University Sports South Africa (USSA) rugby champions. According to varsitycup.co.za, UJ beat the University of Pretoria (UP-Tuks) 14-13 on the 3rd of July 2015. With that, it was the end of the varsity rugby season.
In other sports, UJ claimed another title this time in hockey, after beating the UFS Kovies women’s team 3-0 in May this year. The University of the Western Cape were victorious over UP-Tuks scoring 44 points to 25, to become the beach volleyball champions. In winning the tournament in April 2015, Kovies secured their third title in a row.
At the beginning of the year, Varsity cricket took place between the 3rd and 8th February. UP-Tuks were the winners of the tournament when they lost just one of their nine matches. Most of the varsity sports ended in April, however, there is still lots to look forward to from now until the end of the year.
Varsity football is currently underway until the 24th of September 2015. Some of the fixtures to look forward to include Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) which will play Walter Sisulu University (WSU) on the 27th August 2015. Three matches are scheduled to take place on August 31st 2015: NMMU vs UWC, TUKS vs VUT (Vaal University of Technology) and WITS vs WSU.
Another tournament that is set to kick-start is varsity netball which will take place from 06 September 2015 – 19 October 2015. On the opening day of the tournament, fans can look forward to two double matches: TUKS vs UCT (University of Cape Town) and MATIES (Stellenbosch University) vs NMMU; UJ vs VUT and KOVSIES vs NWU Pukke.
Varsity Breakout will keep you in the loop about results and other fixtures to look forward to.