UP-Tuks Learn The Hard Way
UP-Tuks coach, Evangelos Vellios, might be left heartbroken by his side's 2-2 draw against NWU-Mafikeng as they let a 2-0 lead slip, but he feels that performance has come at a perfect time.
The players learned some harsh lessons in the match as they were punished for lapses in concentration by the North West students. It was the first time the Pretoria students failed to pick up maximum points against NWU in the three matches they have played.
"We learned some harsh lessons in the game (against NWU) but it came at the perfect time. We will learn from it and carry it into our next match so that we are able to get back into the top two positions," he said.
The match lived up to the pre-match hype of being the biggest clash of the tournament thus far and Vellios believes it was the perfect advert of what Varsity Football is all about.
"It was an absolutely amazing game to be part of. A brilliant display of football from both sides that bodes well for the future of football in SA," he added.
The Pretoria coach had nothing but praise for his oppoenents as he said they are filled with gifted and naturally-talented players throughout their squad and describe the collective team effort as being "good technical team".
Vellios will be sweating over the fitness of his talisma captain who picked up a knee injury in the hard fought battle with NWU. Swartz played the game of his life before being stretchered off, dictating play like a seasoned professional.
The level of competition in the Varsity Football has certainly increased this year with just one point separating the top 3 teams and two points separating the next three sides.
Vellios feels it is testament to the hard work put in by the organisers and the commitment shown to such a great initiative by all the sponsors.
"I have to commend everyone involved with Varsity Football. The sponsors, the media, the organisers. Everyone has had their hand in making this competition the spectacle it is. In years to come, it is going to be as big as the college sports in the USA with thousands of fans coming to each and every game," he stated.