There were mixed fortunes for UCT on the opening days of their 2009 Western Province Grand Challenge season. The men's and women's A-sides, who played their fixtures on Friday, 17 April, got the weekend off to a bright enough start, both pitted against the B sides from the Western Province Cricket Club. The men thrashed their rivals 4-0, while the women eked out a 2-1 win. UCT's second sides didn't fare nearly as well in their Saturday, 18 April, matches. The men lost 0-3 to Durbanville, while the women suffered a 0-5 defeat against Victorians.
The FNB UCT First XV got their Western Province Super League season off on just the right note on Saturday, 18 April - a 29-8 drubbing of Durbanville-Bellville, away in Durbanville.
The match was marked by solid tackling from UCT, a couple of close referee's calls that could've earned UCT a few more tries, and a stunning solo try by substitute Therlow Petersen. Petersen, top try-scorer in the recent Varsity Cup, touched down twice, with Marvin Christians and Timothy Whitehead chalking up a try apiece as well. The game also signalled the return of a number of UCT 'old boys', including crowd favourites Vakai 'Fish' Hove, Craig Kleu and Herbert Mayosi. UCT next plays Victorians on the evening of Wednesday, 22 April.
Three UCT students represented South Africa in the gruelling Four Nations Surf Lifesaving Championship in Durban recently. Kerri Anderson and Ryle De Morny, both third-year business science students, as well as Lyle Maasdorp, a third-year BCom student, helped South Africa to second spot - Australia won - getting the better of the UK and the US.
Anderson and Maasdorp were selected for the South African under-23 team, with Anderson as captain of the girls' team. They are both craft /sea specialists. De Morny, a beach specialist, won many of his events on the first day. Unfortunately, he pulled his hamstring during the beach sprints on the second day, and had to withdraw from the competition.
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