First ever meet in KZN ‘a resounding success’

2012-12-03 00:00

DRENCHING rain added character to the two-day Varsity Sports event held for the first time in KwaZulu-Natal at Margate this weekend.

“A resounding success,” is how local event organiser Boet Fourie, who runs the Margate Sports School, described the event, despite the pouring rain.

All 15 matches, which were televised by Supersport, were played on Friday and Saturday.

The field at Douglas Mitchell Sports Grounds was a “mud bath” during games, but this did not stop 1 500 spectators coming to watch the final game, where the University of the Free State beat the University of Stellenbosch.

There were a total of 300 players who came to Margate from 10 universities — Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Free State, Stellenbosch, North West, Limpopo, Western Cape, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Tshwane University of Technology — to compete.

“The tournament was well organised. The 300 students who came to play all enjoyed themselves at Margate,” said Fourie.

Managing director of Varsity Sports, Duitser Bosman, said he would definitely choose Margate as a venue for this event again.

“Supersport said to me that viewers enjoyed the added action with the tussle that the weather [rain and mud] gave the players. And the coach from the University of the Free State told me his team won because of the rain. The game changed because of the weather, so they didn’t need the speed they don’t have, compared to some of the other teams, but they have the strength which was required in the mud,” he said.

The beach volleyball was play-ed on Margate main beach, and was also not hampered by rain.

The University of Western Cape beat the University of Johannesburg with a crowd of a few hundred people wat-ching.

The concept of Varsity Sports was conceived by former Springbok rugby captain Francois Pienaar years ago, after seeing that when pupils left school, they often gave up on sport.

Five years ago he came up with the idea, which he called “sportainment”, to encourage youngsters not to give up on sport.

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