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Wednesday, 25 September 2019

CPUT hosts successful intervarsity tournament

VICTORS: CPUT Sport and Culture Manager Siyabulela Mkwalo, Kerr Rogers, UCT Sports Coordinator, Stellenbosch University’s Andiswa Zwelibanzi and CPUT Sports Development Officer Quinton Summers, during the handover of the 2019 Western Cape Intervarsity Tournament Overall Winners trophy to UCT on Saturday. VICTORS: CPUT Sport and Culture Manager Siyabulela Mkwalo, Kerr Rogers, UCT Sports Coordinator, Stellenbosch University’s Andiswa Zwelibanzi and CPUT Sports Development Officer Quinton Summers, during the handover of the 2019 Western Cape Intervarsity Tournament Overall Winners trophy to UCT on Saturday.

Hundreds of students braved the weekend’s inclement weather to attend this year’s annual Western Cape Intervarsity games hosted by CPUT on the Bellville Campus.

The tournament saw CPUT, UWC, UCT, Stellenbosch University and Varsity College putting each other through the 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, Stellenbosch University relinquished their title to this year’s champions, UCT, who won by 50 points.

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

CPUT dominated the soccer with both the men’s and ladies’ teams winning the finals. The university finished fourth with 26 points and Varsity College fifth with 13 points.

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

UCT Sports co-ordinator Kerr Rogers congratulated the organising committee for its sterling job as hosts. “It was a fairly good day. Students played in good spirit. They enjoyed themselves as CPUT hosted the event for the first time, they have done an outstanding job.”

CPUT Sports and Culture Manager, Siyabulela Mkwalo, said the event was a success despite the bad weather conditions which led to the disruption of the programme.

“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,” Mkwalo said.

CPUT men’s soccer team captain, Bongumusa Mbali, said winning the soccer section of the tournament could open doors for them.

“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.

Written by Aphiwe Boyce