Catsville Residence wins FNB Koshuis rugby tournament

Catsville Residence from District Six Campus showed  endurance when they bounced back from trailing Val Du Charon Residence (Wellington) by 10 points early in the first half of the final match to clinch the inter-residence rugby tournament.

The boys were recently crowned champions of this year’s edition of the FNB Koshuis Rugby Tournament on the Bellville Campus.

The team from District Six started the game slowly and found themselves trailing 0 – 10 to their Wellington counterparts, but things changed halfway through when Catsville scored two tries in quick succession and levelled the score.

Then as the first half looked set to end in a stalemate, Catsville were awarded a penalty right in the centre of the pitch. They did the unthinkable and elected to go for a kick and voila, the ball went over the bar. The half-time score was 13-10.

In the second half Catsville picked up steam and bulldozed their way to win the tournament 24 – 20.

They received a trophy and gold medals for their sterling efforts while the runners-up were capped with silver medals.

In the match which was a curtain-raiser to the final, De Beers Residence from Bellville Campus walked away with the Bronze medals.

Players that rock

CPUT students and staff members came out in force to #backourboytjies for the university’s inaugural match in the FNB Varsity Shield presented by Steinhoff International.

Students, in their blue supporters T-shirts, travelled from far and wide for the Cape Derby to support the team as they squared off against our neighbours UWC yesterday.

The match was broadcast live on Supersport 1 and was a nail biting affair with FNB UWC ultimately winning the Cape Derby by a slim margin of 26 to 23.

Commentators commended the resilience of the CPUT team as they ably squared up to the experienced UWC squad, who were favourites to win after making it into the finals last year.

CPUTs fighting spirit was awarded when Christiaan Smit won the Player that Rocks award.

The match was closely analysed by Head of Western Province Rugby Thelo Wakefield and Currie Cup coach John Dobson who took time out of their busy schedules to meet the CPUT team a few hours before kick-off to do a jersey handover and pep talk.

Wakefield told the team that Western Province Rugby would be partnering with the CPUT team to transfer some of the extensive knowledge they had.

“You worked hard to be the owner of that jersey for 80 minutes. We came here to support you because we believe in you,” he told the team.

Dobson commended the support from CPUT management saying the backing from the top is critical for the future success of rugby at the institution.

“For the first time you have broken into this competition so you have nothing to lose and everything to win.”

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Written by Ilse Fredericks

New appointment in sports department

Martin Koch’s career has come full circle.

Decades ago, Koch started out as a lecturer in sport management, then moved on to various management positions in the private sector and has now returned to the sports industry, with his appointment as the Senior Sports Development Coordinator at the Bellville Campus.

“I always wanted to move back into sport and when I got this opportunity, I took it,” says Koch.

Koch began his career as an academic at Technikon Witwatersrand and later moved on to the University of Johannesburg, where he lectured sports management. From there he took the leap into the private education sector where he worked as a turnaround specialist, taking poor performing colleges and bringing them up to standard.

However, Koch, who has a BCom qualification in Sports Management, says sport is his passion and his goal at this stage of his career is to uncover sporting talents at CPUT and provide these students with a platform to achieve their goals.

Koch says sport is an integral part of university life, as it provides students with the opportunity to develop new sets of skills, such as leadership and maintain a balanced lifestyle.

However, Koch says to achieve sporting goals at a university, good sports management is crucial.

“It is our job as sport managers to make sport stars shine. I’m here to service the students and make sure they reach their goals.”


Cats versus Alumni

The Cats Basketball team recently celebrated 20 years of existence by hosting an anniversary game between the CPUT Cats and the Alumni team.

Held at their home base at the Cape Town Campus, the Alumni teamed showed off their skills and proved that experience does pay off, winning the anniversary game.

Team Manager, Matome Mokoena says the highlight of the game was when both teams handed a Cats basketball jersey, which they signed, to the teams’ legendary coach Thierry Kita.

Kita coached the team for several years and is now the Associate Director of Basketball Operations for NBA Africa.

Mokoena says the Cats team is currently competing in the USSA Western Cape Championships and so far has remained unbeaten.

The team has their sights set on securing a place in the USSA National Championships that will be held in Durban later this year.

Last year the male team finished second, while the female team finished third in the country

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