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NICOLE BARON: Assupol TuksCricket won the coveted Sports Team of the Year award for 2013 at the Gauteng Sport Awards held on 11 July at Montecasino in Johannesburg.

Last year was a successful year for TuksCricket. Assupol Tuks 1 won the Momentum Cricket South Africa (CSA) National Club Championships for the second year in a row, having gone unbeaten in 12 matches throughout the past two seasons. They also won the Northern Cricket Union (NCU) Premier League for the third year in a row, the NCU Knock-Out Competition for the fourth year in a row and the NCU T20 Club Competition. Assupol Tuks 1 were also crowned winners of the University Sports South Africa (USSA) Cricket Week.

KAYA NOCANDA: UP-Tuks 1 won gold at the USSA rugby festival hosted by Rhodes University in Grahamstown from 30 June to 4 July.

The Tuks side, under the mentorship of Pote Human, succeeded in winning back the title that Tuks had last won in 2012, beating 2013 champions the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in the final.

UP-Tuks 1 came into the competition as strong favourites as the core of their team had been participating in the BBRU Carlton Cup, where they dominated. This meant that most of the Tuks players were already match fit whereas some of the other participating teams did not have this advantage.

WILLIAM ALDRIDGE: UP played host to the 2014 USSA student cycle tour and successfully defended their 2013 title. The race began on 30 June and consisted of five stages over the course of three days in which cyclists were tested in different disciplines.

The first day started with stage 1A, the Rooiwal road race, consisting of a three lap course which was 72km in total. Tuks’s Thomas Weeks managed to break away from the bunch in the final lap as the competition was too focused on Tuks team captain Kevin Patten.

ABONGILE SKOSANA: UP-Tuks coach Evangelos Vellios told  Perdeby that his team is committed to defending their Varsity Football title this season.

“It [2013] was a wonderful year knowing that we have accomplished something great and we are the champions,” he said. “I have to make sure that the trophy comes back and stays here at the University of Pretoria. We have to fight to keep it.”

NQOBILE DLUDLA AND LUTHO MTONGANA: Bloemfontein Celtic walked away with the spoils at an inaugural pre-season event hosted by Bidvest Wits in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Celtic won the inaugural Charity Showdown at Bidvest Stadium following well fought battles over fellow premier league sides Bidvest Wits and AmaZulu. Mpumalanaga Black Aces also participated in the four-team tournament.

LUCA KOTTON: Nine new players have joined premier league side Bidvest Wits ahead of the start of the season in August.

Gavin Hunt, Bidvest coach, appears to have gone with a mix of youth and experience, with five of the new signings over 30-years-old.

MICHAEL REINDERS: Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in extra time to claim their fourth World Cup. Substitute Mario Götze scored in the 113th minute to ensure a German victory at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

There was a lot of hype prior to the game given Germany’s 7-1 drubbing of Brazil. Because Argentina had to go to penalties to win their semi-final against Holland, they were seen as the underdogs and Germany were seen as the favourites to win the match.

MICHAEL REINDERS: Argentina beat Netherlands 4-2 in a dramatic penalty shootout to book their place in the World Cup final against Germany on Sunday after a tight game that ended 0-0 after normal and extra time.

The first half showcased both teams’ defensive talents. The high-scoring Brazil v Germany match on Tuesday night seemed to have made both the Netherlands and Argentina cautious as they played a slow and calculated game.

NQOBILE DLUDLA: Wits Football Club (Wits FC) players, Mahle Mtabane and Brylon Petersen are among the 18 players selected on Wednesday to represent University Sports South Africa (USSA) Football in the upcoming under-21 national championships.

Mtabane and Petersen were two of three players sent by Wits University for selection from among 31 players representing 11 institutions across the country.

MICHAEL REINDERS: Brazil were defeated 7-1 by Germany last night in a record breaking semi-final. The defeat is the worst a host team has suggered in World Cup history. Germany’s seven goals are also the most goals scored by a team in a semi-final.

There was big build-up to the game with Brazil being home favourites and Germany having dominated most of the World Cup games.

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