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Maties Netball strikes gold at USSA 2023. Photo: Ignus Dreyer

The University Sport South Africa (USSA) is South Africa’s national governing body for higher education sports. Every year universities across the country, including Stellenbosch University (SU) participate in a series of games across all sporting codes, which then results in the selection of students (in their respective sport) to represent the country in various international competitions. SU competed in various tournaments throughout the USSAs such as rugby, hockey, netball, badminton and basketball. 

Here’s an overview of the 2023 USSA’s for the maroon machines:

  • The Maties men’s rugby team came out on top, becoming back-to-back USSA champions after beating the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in the finals
Maties Rugby reigns victorious. Photo: Kimara Singh
  • Maties netball team defended their title as well, winning gold for the second consecutive year 
  • Several netball players received medals across two sections;

 Section A: Syntiche Kabuya – best defender and Sian Moore – best shooter 

Section B: Carla Janse Van Rensberg – best defender

Maties Women’s Hockey dominate at USSA 2023. Photo: Kimara Singh
  • Maties women’s hockey team received gold 
  • Maties badminton collected bronze after defeating hosts of the tournament, University of Pretoria (Tuks)
  • Maties runners up – men’s hockey (A section) and maties women’s basketball (B section)
  • Maties men’s basketball team secured 6th place overall in USSA basketball 2023
  • Two players from maties basketball were selected as All Stars in their section and were chosen for the USSA national team. Those two players being Lutho Skweyiya – Men’s A Section and Dineo Fanampe – Women’s B Section
  • Maties women’s hockey player Ongeziwe Mali received a hattrick of trophies and men’s Hockey player, Brendan du Toit received the goalkeeper of the tournament award. 

Die Matie would like to congratulate every student athlete in every sporting code that took part in the 2023 USSA.

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