UCT triumphant in intervarsity tournament

CPUT ladies’ soccer team entertained the crowd with scintillating football displays during a nail-biting final against UWC, which the hosts won 1-0.
CPUT ladies’ soccer team entertained the crowd with scintillating football displays during a nail-biting final against UWC, which the hosts won 1-0.

Hundreds of students braved the weekend’s inclement weather to attend the exciting, annual Western Cape Intervarsity games hosted by Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) at their Bellville Campus.

The tournament saw CPUT, the University of Western Cape (UWC), the University of Cape Town (UCT), Stellenbosch University (US) and Varsity College putting each other through their paces in sports such as soccer, basketball, water polo, table tennis, badminton, fencing, ultimate frisbee and tennis.

The chilly and rainy weather disrupted outdoor codes such as cricket, netball, beach volleyball and tennis. Last year’s overall champions, US, relinquished their title to this year’s champions, UCT, who won the event, scoring 50 points.

Stellenbosch was second with 45 points and UWC came third with 30 points.

CPUT, which dominated soccer as both their men’s and ladies’ teams won the finals, came fourth with 26 points and Varsity College was fifth with 13 points.

The tournament started in 2016 and was held at UWC, while CPUT hosted it for the first time this year.

CPUT sports and culture manager, Siyabulela Mkwalo said: “I am very excited with what we achieved today despite the bad weather. We are disappointed that we had to cancel some sporting codes. Overall, I am happy we have achieved the strategic objectives of the event which was to create a platform for the students to have fun and enjoyment. The best team won, although the tournament was not about winning but participation,” said Mkwalo.

CPUT men’s soccer team captain, Bongumusa Mbali, said winning the soccer section of the tournament can open doors for them and hopes that the CPUT management will increase their support for the team.

“I’m very grateful for the guys that played and those who didn’t play for the support we got both from the CPUT team and other teams,” said Bongumusa.

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