University of Pretoria’s Tuks men were relegated to the B Section two years ago, gained promotion last year and this year were crowned champion student team of South Africa when they beat Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s worthy Madibaz men 3-0 in the final at UKZN Greenfields Turf in Pietermaritzburg Friday night.
And University of Johannesburg’s UJ ladies achieved a dream double in 2015 after winning the Varsity Cup earlier this season and following it up with the USSA title in the first of Friday’s finals.
Lilian du Plessis, women’s player of the tournament and top goalscorer, scored UJ’s second goal via a penalty corner five minutes from the end to follow up on the fine field goal netted by Robyn Johnson in the 15th minute in the 2-0 win over the determined University of Stellenbosch’s Maties ladies.
Tuks men had to work hard to stop the Madibaz challenge and in the second half it was the silky skills of Richard Pautz that made the ultimate difference after a goalless first stanza.
Four minutes after the changeover Pautz netted a great goal. And the second was even better from a team perspective. The quick hands of Stephen Cant and Tim Guise-Brown down the right channel carved open the opportunity for Pautz to make it 2-0.
Fittingly, it was Tuks captain Andrew Buckley who sealed the win two minutes from the end after Francois Pretorius had made a trademark break from deep defence.
Men’s B Section winners Varsity College have been promoted to the 2016 elite A Section and Wits University drop down. Women’s B Section winners Wits University are promoted and Varsity College ladies drop to the B Section for next year’s event.
FRIDAY CLASSIFICATION MATCHES
Men: (7/8) Ikeys 5 Wits 3; (5/6) UJ 9 UKZN 1; (3/4) Maties 4 Kovsies 0; (Final) Tuks 3 Madibaz 0
Women: (7/8) Ikeys 2 Varsity College 1; (5/6) Tuks 3 Madibaz 2; (3/4) Pukke 3 Kovsies 2; (Final) UJ 2 Maties 0