Hundreds of students compete at intervarsity on south campus
NMMU’s south campus will be abuzz with activity tomorrow when hundreds of students from four Eastern Cape universities gather for the annual intervarsity sporting extravaganza.
The Madibaz, Rhodes, University of Fort Hare and Walter Sisulu University will compete in 13 sporting codes in Port Elizabeth as they vie for the title of top regional sporting university.
“We would like to welcome all the students for this celebration of varsity sporting activity,” Madibaz Sport deputy director Riaan Osman said.
“This provides a wonderful opportunity for all of us to renew old friendships and create new ones while enjoying healthy competition on the sports fields.”
Osman also welcomed the fact that this year’s intervarsity coincided with the Rio Olympics.
It tied in with the main purpose of intervarsity which, he said, was to bring together student athletes from across the province – with sport being the unifying factor.
The Madibaz have traditionally been a dominant force at the intervarsity where results and camaraderie have equal billing.
Spectators will be treated to about 70 matches across the various sporting codes, with football promising to be one of the highlights.
Fort Hare’s inclusion in the Varsity Football tournament is an indication of their strength and they will be keen to make an impact.
The football kicks off when the Madibaz take on Rhodes at 9am, followed by a match between Fort Hare and Walter Sisulu. The winners will bring the curtain down on the intervarsity when they play in the final at 4pm.
In the main rugby matches of the day, Fort Hare will play Walter Sisulu at 12.20pm, followed by a game between Madibaz and Rhodes at 2pm.
There will also be matches for the U21 sides, with NMMU facing Rhodes, while an NMMU Koshuis Invitational team will test the Walter Sisulu U21 outfit.
The women will also be involved on the rugby field with a sevens competition being contested by the Madibaz, Fort Hare and Walter Sisulu.
The netball action will also be keenly contested, with a series of matches being played on the south campus courts.
It will all culminate in the semifinals at 12.30pm, followed by the A final an hour later.
Despite being unable to lift the premier league title, the Madibaz women’s hockey team had an excellent season and they will be looking to maintain that form when they clash with Rhodes at 2.10pm.
The action in most of the sports will get under way at 9am.
The full list of codes is: pool, basketball, football, hockey, karate, netball, rugby, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, chess, debating and law.