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The 2015 Varsity netball campaign is set to get off to an explosive start as the teams look to have a successful tournament. The competition begins on Sunday 6 September, with matches taking place primarily on Mondays and Sundays, often being televised on Supersport channel 210.

This year sees the introduction of the #ShowYourColours campaign, which encourages supporters to come dressed in their varsity team colours. Perdeby got a behind-the-scenes look at the #ShowYourColours Captain Shoot in preparation for the campaign. Melissa Myburgh and two teammates showed off the 2015 uniform, styled in the traditional white, yellow, red and blue UP colours. Tuks football player Richard Moremi also made a cameo appearance for the campaign in support of his fellow Tuks athletes. Lucky fans also got to join in on the shoot as they showed their support in their UP colours. The campaign looks to add a feminine touch to sporting events and hopes to bring in large and colourful crowds.

The Tuks ladies had an outstanding season in 2014, being unbeaten until they were upset by a determined Kovsies side in the Varsity Cup final. They will be retaining many of the players from the previous season in the hopes of taking the title this season.

The UP Varsity Netball team is undergoing a six-week intensive training block as final preparation for the 2015 season of Varsity Netball. The team will be in good stead after an impressive University Sport South Africa netball championship campaign, which they won, meaning the team will be going in as strong favourites for the tournament. The team will be led by Spar Protea netball player Shadine van der Merwe, along with the two players who represented South Africa at the 2015 netball World Cup, Izette Lubbe and Lenize Potgieter.

Coach Jenny van Dyk said, “The team knows what is expected of them and are really looking forward to playing their hearts out. I am very proud of each and every player and they deserve to have a brilliant tournament.”

The team’s first match will be against a tricky Maties home team in the first fixture of the competition on 6 September.

 

Photo: Stefan Stander

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