Varsity Netball is back for a fifth successive season
Varsity Netball, proudly sponsored by FNB, Samsung and Wimpy, kicks off on 27 August, with the finals taking place on 9 October.
Universities from across South Africa are getting ready for this year’s Varsity Netball season, and the captains are ready to show their colours. Chante Bester (North-West University), Shadine van der Merwe (University of Pretoria), Megan Gossmann (University of Stellenbosch), Nandipha Jack (Nelson Mandela University), Tanya Mostert (University of Free State), Halala Nxumalo (University of Johannesburg), Silondile Mlondo (Vaal University of Technology) and Desmorine Gawanas (University of the Western Cape) are ready to lead their teams to the final.
Varsity Netball has opened doors for many players in its five short years. Working closely with both USSA and Netball SA, the organisers of Varsity Netball always ensure that they remain within the rules and structures of the game.
“Varsity Netball has its own identity – Sportainment,” says Blanche de la Guerre, CEO Netball SA.
“There are 20 million netball players in the world and we need to show SA why this is such a popular sport. Varsity Netball is one of the platforms where we identify the talent for future national teams.”
Jam-packed action can be expected every weekend starting 27 August, which means guaranteed fun for the entire family. Fans will have the opportunity to paint their own posters 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.
The opening weekend will take place at both Kovsies in Bloemfontein at Maties in Stellenbosch.
Opening weekend fixtures at Kovsies are as follows:
- 27 August – UJ versus NWU at 15h00
- 27 August – Kovsies versus Tuks at 16h30
- 28 August – NWU versus Tuks at 17h30 (live on SuperSport Select channel 210)
- 28 August – Kovsies versus UJ at 19h00 (live on SuperSport Select channel 210)
Opening weekend fixtures at Maties are as follows:
- 27 August – VUT versus Madibaz at 16h30 (live on SuperSport Select channel 210)
- 27 August – Maties versus UWC at 18h00 (live on SuperSport Select channel 210)
- 28 August – UWC versus Madibaz at 16h30
- 28 August – Maties versus VUT at 18h00
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.
Eight teams, six weeks, one winner, and a number of reasons to Show Your Colours at a netball arena near you! Tickets are available, free of charge, on the Varsity Sports app.