Varsity Netball is back with a bang, after a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UP-Tuks, coached by Jenny van Dyk, is ready to defend their 2019 undefeated title win and according to captain Chantelle Swart, are ready to keep the trophy in Pretoria. UP-Tuk’s line-up for the tournament includes Alice Kennon, Anja van Heerden, Blessing Sithole, Chantelle Swart, Danielle van Zyl, Hope Sibiya, Jamie van Wyk, Jani Bergh, Jeanette Vermeulen, Mbalenhle Ntuli, Melissa van Zyl, Melodine Jacobs, Sinethemba Maseko and Tracey Mthunzi.

The tournament is taking place in a bio-bubble at Stellenbosch University and will span from 21 August to 30 August, where UP-Tuks will play a total of 7 play off matches against North West University (NWU), Nelson Mandela University (Madibaz), Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), the University of the Free State (Kovsies), the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Stellenbosch University (Maties) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Van Dyk has labelled Kovsies as the team to beat in this tournament and stated that NWU and Maties are also both strong contenders to play in the final.

Leah is a pale … awkward … asthmatic ginger.
She used to be Head of Layout (cries) before becoming Digital Manager in an effort to take over PDBY, an effort that has since failed (its all political). She has a keen eye for alignment, an intense love for tequila and chicken nuggets, and occasionally enjoys frollicking in the hills. To end off this bio she leaves this final nugget of wisdom “You just lost the game”.

PDBY is the official student newspaper of the University of Pretoria.
Read the original version on PDBY’s website here.
SNA member page
PDBY article archives on SNA