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Varsity Football

Off The Ball Awards

The 2016 Varsity Football season's theme is 'Iyachesa' and while there was certainly some hot football throughout the competition, there were some moments which resembled anything but hot.

Not all of these unofficial awards are embarrassing to the individuals involved as there are some fantastic moments which deserve credit. We have done our best to pick out the best and worst moments to come from the competition thus far.

Here are our unofficial Varsity Football awards!

Fresh Air- It happened as early as the first game of the tournament and it will live long in the memory of all of those who witnessed it. NWU-Mafikeng goalkeeper Amogelang Maduo completely missed a clearance kick and watched as the ball rolled into the back of his net.

Drop and Roll- The University of Fort Hare made it their mission to eat up as much regulation time as they could against UWC by play-acting and rolling around on the ground for any and all tackles. It resulted in them losing their slender lead in referee's added time when the defending champions snuck in a late goal.

Net Buster- A number of contenders put their hands up here but UP-Tuks' Tiago Da Serra made everyone take note of his lethal boot with a net bulging free kick during their Round Five encounter against CUT.

Too Far- CUT had a fairytale season during their seven matches, suffering just one defeat and claiming some big victories along the way. However, there was no happy ending for them as they endured a penalty shootout loss to UJ in the semifinal stage.

Super Saver- It takes something special, sometimes luck, to pull off a save from a penalty kick. However, UJ shot stopper Mpumelelo Sambo managed to pull off two crucial penalty saves, one in their final round match against Fort Hare and then a match-winning save in the semifinal against CUT to secure their spot in the Final.

Brick Wall- It is not often that you come across a defender who is willing to endure injury in order to save his team from conceding goals and this is exactly what Fort Hare captain Siphamandla Zanekile did throughout the campaign. He landed awkwardly on his shoulder on more than one occasion and continued to play through the pain.

Good Cop- Derby matches can get out of hand as emotions run high. The match between Pretoria-rivals TUT and UP-Tuks produced fireworks and just as things looked to get out of hand when a scuffle broke out, TUT captain Elliot Seema stepped in to pull his teammates away.

Quick Fire- 27 seconds is all it took for NWU-Mafikeng's Orebotse Mongae to score against UWC in Round Six.

Better than you Think- NWU-Mafikeng defender Wendelle Martin started poorly and was targeted by the opposition as a weak link in his team's defence until he put in a few brilliant performances towards the business end of the competition to prove he is no pushover.

Corner Boys- It is pretty rare to score goals straight from the corner but both Tuks' Jurgen Booysen and TUT's Thabang Motau managed to do so in Round Five and Six, respectively.

Leaving it Late- Jacob Hlalele made a habit of scoring late goals to help TUT maintain an unbeaten record through the league stage.

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