MICHAEL REINDERS: “Players like him are born once in a lifetime.” This is how former Indian cricketer and national coach Anshuman Gaekwad describes Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar, who is known as “the little master”, has announced his retirement from international cricket after a 24-year-long career for India.
Tendulkar began his career as an international cricketer at the age of 16 in 1989. Since then, he has gone on to become one of the greatest batsmen, if not one of the greatest cricketers, of his generation, as Jonathan Agnew, English cricket broadcaster and former cricketer, has stated.
By Julia Fish Natalie Ross is a difficult woman to catch up with. This is not surprising for us mere mortals, trying to keep up with the pace of a duathlon gold medallist .
Ross’s petite form and chiselled legs show a body built for competition. Ross triumphed over more than 100 athletes from 24 different countries to take gold in the World Duathlon Championships in Ottawa earlier this year. The course consisted a 5km lap first run, a 20km bike race, and a 2.5 km second run which athletes were required to complete twice. Ross did this over five minutes faster than her closest competitor.
BRIAN KIAUTHA: The Tuks women’s football team beat the University of Johannesburg (UJ) 1-0 in their Sasol League match on 5 October. Tuks forward Vanessa Siakam scored the only goal of the game.
The match started slowly with the teams keeping the ball in the midfield. Neither team tested the other’s defending or attacking skills.
Alasdair Fraser: The All Blacks successfully defended their Rugby Championship title with a dominant display against their fiercest rivals to register their 50th victory over the Springboks and showed they deserve to be the world’s number one-ranked team in the world.
It was a match billed as the biggest clash of the year, and like two heavyweight boxers slugging it out in the ring, both teams were brutal in their execution of defence and attack.
GABRIELLA FERREIRA: European football’s biggest club competition, the UEFA Champions League, is back and the continent’s greatest clubs are once again coming together to battle for the opportunity to be named the best team in Europe. With the tournament already underway, the question for football fans is which team has the best chance of winning the title?
The question is always tough to answer because of the unpredictable nature of the competition. Each season sees surprising results in all stages of the competition, including the final. A testament to this is the 2011/2012 final, in which a struggling Chelsea side, who had just finished sixth in their domestic league, defeated clear favourites Bayern Munich on penalties to win their first Champions League title.
Prelene Singh: After 31 matches, 87 goals and 23 wins, Tuks came out on top with a 4-1 win in the final game against the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University last night.
It was an explosive finale to the inaugural Varsity Football challenge. Out of the eight teams who participated in the 2013 Varsity Football challenge the two remaining teams, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) went head-to-head with Tuks from the University of Pretoria in the final.
GABRIELLA FERREIRA: Nothing is ever permanent in football, as is illustrated by AmaTuks, who have had a successful mid-year transfer window after welcoming ten new signings to the club.
The club, which finished eighth on the log in last season’s Premier Soccer League (PSL), had looked to strengthen its squad with a heavy influx of new players, particularly focusing on the attacking positions. With so many new signings this season, below are a few players to look out for.
PHILIP STOFBERG: The TuksTennis women’s team beat Eldoraigne Tennis Club 15-3 in the Gauteng North Reserve A league on 31 August. Nthabeleng Mokalodise and Ele de Villiers won their singles matches in straight sets as well as their doubles match 6-2 6-1 giving the rest of the team a good foundation from which to play.
ISHMAEL MOHLABE: Tuks beat the University of the Western Cape (UWC) 1-0 to secure a semi-final place in the Varsity Football Challenge. Sphelele Khuzwayo’s only goal of the game gave Tuks a vital three points and the team kept a clean sheet for the third time in three games. Tuks came into this game on the back of a convincing 4-0 victory against the University of the Free State while UWC had beaten Wits 2-0 in their previous game.
Khuzwayo put Tuks ahead in the opening minute of the match. Tuks went on to control most of the first half. UWC nearly cancelled Tuks’s lead when Curtley Beukes’s on-target shot from the 18-yard box landed in Tristyn Coetsee’s hands. Tuks came close to scoring a second goal in the final seconds of the first half. Charles Gulwako forced UWC goalkeeper Basikelele Mdletye to produce a superb save after he volleyed from 25 yards.
BRIAN KIAUTHA: Lilium beat Asterhof 1-0 in the final match of the group stages of the residence football league.
The teams tested each other in the midfield and the midfielders worked hard to control ball possession. As the game progressed the teams started to shift their momentum from the midfield closer to the goals.