Varsity Netball returns this August

Varsity Netball kicks off on 27 August, with the finals taking place on 8 October.

Now in its fifth season, this intervarsity competition will see eight of South Africa’s top universities go head-to-head over eight weeks.

Participating teams include: North-West University (NWU), University of Pretoria (UP-Tuks), University of Stellenbosch (Maties), Nelson Mandela University (Madibaz), University of Free State (Kovsies), University of Johannesburg (UJ), Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and lastly University of Western Cape (UWC) in their debut season.

The opening weekend will take place at both Kovsies in Bloemfontein and Maties in Stellenbosch.

The talent in the Varsity Netball pool is extensive, with many players earning their national colours after running out for their respective universities. These players include Danelle Lochner (Kovsies), Ine-Mari Venter (Tuks), Lenize Potgieter (Tuks), Maryka Holtzhausen (Kovsies), Nadia Uys Pienaar (NWU), Karla Mostert (Kovsies) and Zanele Vimbela (Madibaz).

Fans will have the opportunity to paint their banners at select venues ahead of the matches. Stencils, paint and posters will be made available as part of a new match day innovation, tying in with Varsity Netball’s #ShowYourColours campaign.

Varsity Netball has only seen two winners in the past four seasons with Kovsies winning it back-to-back in 2013 and 2014, and NWU taking the title in 2015 and 2016.

Opening weekend fixtures at Kovsies are as follows:

  • 27 August – UJ versus NWU at 15:00
  • 27 August – Kovsies versus Tuks at 16:30
  • 28 August – NWU versus Tuks at 17:30 (live on SuperSport Select channel 210)
  • 28 August – Kovsies versus UJ at 19:00 (live on SuperSport Select channel 210)

Opening weekend fixtures at Maties are as follows:

  • 27 August – VUT versus Madibaz at 16:30 (live on SuperSport Select channel 210)
  • 27 August – Maties versus UWC at 18:00 (live on SuperSport Select channel 210)
  • 28 August – UWC versus Madibaz at 16:30
  • 28 August – Maties versus VUT at 18:00

Other venues throughout the season include Madibaz, UJ and Tuks. The big bumper weekend, where all eight teams play at the same venue, will take place at Tuks on 10 and 11 September 2017.


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