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UJ STUN UCT ON PENALTIES

UJ which sits in Fifth place bought their A-game against third-place UCT to take a 2-1 win on penalties in Potchefstroom.

The first half saw equal opportunity for both teams, but it was UCT who had the most composure. UCT had four short corners in a row, but were unable to get ahead, with the score sitting at 0-0 going into halftime

UCT came out firing in the second half, but their efforts proved futile in the third quarter when they were still unable to find the back of the net.

Kristen Paton came close to scoring for UJ, but her shot went just wide. Thato May put UJ on the board in the last five minutes of the third quarter when she fired a shot through UCT’s defence to take a 2-0 going into the last quarter of the match.

UJ caught their second wind in the last quarter and took the opportunity to call a PowerPlay after UCT were yellow-carded, which sent them down to eight women.

However, they were unable to make anything of the PowerPlay but still maintained their 2-0 lead. Francesca Vercellotti proved to be the hero of the day when she scored in the dying seconds of the game to draw UCT level with UJ and take the game to penalties.

UJ won the coin toss and chose to send UCT in to take the first penalty. Nicole Koenig scored UCT’s first and only penalty, with Pauline Jacobs converting her penalty or UJ to draw level with UCT.

Lethabo Nkoe was UJ’s saving grace when she found the back of the net to secure the win for UJ, with UCT unable to score any more of their penalties to put them back in it.

Source- Super Sport

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Sports industry health precautions in the mist of Covid-19

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With the sports industry preparing to adjust back to action, there has been concerns around health precautions to be taken during the preparation stage.

Researchers at the University of Pretoria have been looking for solutions which might assist gym bunnies and sports enthusiasts to take better precautions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Although wearing masks might be challenging, according Professor Christa Janse van Rensburg, head of Sports Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Dr Jessica Hamuy Blanco it is advisable to keep using cloth masks during exercise.

“This recommendation is based on the concept of ‘source control’ to prevent droplets produced by the person wearing the mask from spreading to other people or onto surfaces. It is much easier to reduce droplet spread by blocking larger droplets as they come out of a person’s mouth, than it is to block them once they have dissipated and become much smaller.”

In cases where the person has a febrile illness, Prof van Rensburg and Dr Blanco advised that no exercising should be done at all , especially with a mask on.

“When a person is ill and has a fever, there are various physiological mechanisms at play that will increase the risk of serious complications if the person exercises. A fever occurs as a result of an altered temperature in response to illness. This can affect the body’s appropriate temperature regulation during physical activity and increases the chances of dangerous complications such as heatstroke. Both illness and physical activity, particularly at high intensities, are a source of physiological stress on the body. When the two occur concurrently, there is potential for a multitude of complications in almost every organ system. These include an increased risk of skeletal muscle breakdown, electrolyte abnormalities, hyper-responsive airways, altered heart rhythms, and increased risk of sudden cardiac death,” she said.

Dr Blanco said that while it was almost impossible to determine what the future will hold in the world of sports, it is important to adapt and roll with the punches.

“I think one of the biggest ways in which sport may change, at least for the foreseeable future, is that we will have to sacrifice some of sport’s entertainment value for the sake of safety. We have to do our part to limit public exposure as much as possible. Fans who hope to attend live sporting competitions may have to wait a while before being able to do so. Technology will have to play a bigger role than before and could open up new revenue streams as income from ticket sales will inevitably decrease. For the financial model of the professional sporting world to survive, there are going to have to be new, innovative ways to engage with consumers. Professional sport involves a lot of travel to and from events, and this will have to be appropriately adapted to limit viral spread. Regulations will have to be closely adhered to,” she said.

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Varsity Cup, round 4

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Varsity Cup teams have now reached the fourth round after an intense three rounds of matches. Leading on the log is the FNB Tuks with 15 points, one point ahead of the FNB Ikeys.

All four matches are set to take place on the 24th at 19:00, playing it out at the Tuks Stadium, Wits Rugby Stadium, UWC Stadium, and CUT Rugby Stadium.

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Varsity Cup 2020

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Varsity Cup gears up to start 2020. With 12 rounds of exiting matches, and nine teams to take it to the field yet again to battle for the top spot.

Round 1 starts today with the FNB UP-Tuks to play against FNB NWU at the Tuks staduim at 16:45 CAT.

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