NMMU win intervarsity againDate Released: Mon, 20 August 2012 18:06 +0200
PE side take coveted sports crown ahead of Rhodes, Fort Hare and Walter Sisulu for fifth straight year MMU were crowned Eastern Cape intervarsity champions for the fifth successive year after another weekend of keen contests at Rhodes in Grahamstown on Saturday.
When the dust had finally settled after a hectic sporting programme which began on Friday morning, NMMU had edged rivals Rhodes by just more than 10 points - 355.5 to the Rhodians' 345.
Fort Hare University took third place in the overall competition with 188.5 points, while Walter Sisulu University, who showed what they could do by winning the soccer and defeating Rhodes in their rugby clash, were just a few points behind on 184.
While the competition for the overall crown was keen, the participation by all the region's varsities was just as important and students from each institution thronged the streets of Grahamstown and the sporting venues as intervarsity fever hit the city.
Not even a power failure at the Old Mutual Pavilion on Friday evening which lasted about 30 minutes could dampen the enthusiasm. However, it did rob the men's first hockey teams of some momentum as the break came shortly before they were due to take the field. The outcome was a listless 0-0 draw.
On the squash and tennis courts, NMMU showed their prowess to take the honours, and they emulated those results in the table tennis competition.
While the Rhodians tried hard to stem the flow in the squash encounters - particularly Matthew Ferreira and Joy Ridgand - they found their NMMU opponents just too sharp as the PE side cruised to an 18-2 overall victory.
NMMU also swept the results in the table tennis clashes where all four varsities fought for dominance in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
"I'm glad the turn-out was good this year," said Andre Ah Chow, who played for Rhodes. "We had students from other universities rock up to support their teams. It was fantastic."
Each team played three rounds. The NMMU A side dominated, winning all three of their rounds with scores of 4-0 to take the top position.
However, in the women's event, contested only by Fort Hare and WSU, Odwa Mvaba (Fort Hare) enjoyed her moment of triumph by taking the women's singles event.
Rhodes led the way in the road relay event, winning both A and B team sections. NMMU won the men's basketball and the netball finals. Rhodes women claimed the basketball honours.
Despite it being mid-August, there was plenty of support at the swimming pool, with Rhodes winning the gala, while NMMU ended on top in two well -contested water polo clashes. The men edged Rhodes 7-6, while the NMMU women won 9-4. GOOD WICKET: Rhodes's Gareth Jordaan hits out during his innings in their Twenty20 cricket match against Walter Sisulu University as wicketkeeper Dumisani Banetha keeps watch.
- This article appeared on Herald.