FISU World University Championship Rugby Sevens

For the first time since its inception, the FISU (Fédération internationale du sport universitaire) will host the FISU World University Championship Rugby Sevens will be hosted in South Africa. Stellenbosch University will have the honour of becoming only the second African university – the 2018 edition took place at the University of Namibia – to…

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A day in the life of Drikus Hancke

As the Head of Rugby at Maties Sport, Drikus Hancke channels his deep passion for the game into enhancing the Maties Rugby programme. His strategic leadership not only advances our teams’ performance on the field but also strengthens the vibrant sports culture at Stellenbosch University (SU). As we started May celebrating Workers’ Day, we dedicate this series…

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The Impact of Maties Hockey on Western Province U21 and South African National Teams

The recent U21 Interprovincial Tournament (IPT) showcased not only the talent within Western Province (WP) hockey but also the prolific influence of Stellenbosch University’s hockey program. With insights from Bevin Bennett, the National U21 assistant coach, and Maties stars Caylin Maree and Daniel Neuhoff, they offer their perception and interpretation of the significance of these…

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Stellenbosch FC launches woman’s football team

Stellenbosch Football Club is proud to announce that the Club will compete in the 2024 SASOL Women’s League! Stellenbosch Football Club has purchased the franchise of Stellenbosch University, and as part of the agreement, the two entities have formed a unique collaboration aimed at advancing the development of women’s football in Stellenbosch and the wider…

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Maties Sport 2023 Annual Report

We are thrilled to present our 2023 Annual Report, which encapsulates our achievements, areas of improvement, and milestones in promoting sport excellence, fostering student development, and enhancing our campus community through a diverse sport model. We’ve witnessed remarkable performances, celebrated victories, and forged meaningful connections with our stakeholders throughout the year. Our student-athletes have demonstrated…

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Maties could rewrite the Varsity Cup history books

Kabamba Floors and his FNB Maties rugby side are two wins away from etching their names in the FNB Varsity Cup historic annals as the first side to win the coveted trophy six times. In the first of two semi-finals on Monday, 15 April, Maties welcome 2015 champions, Shimlas, to Stellenbosch, in what can be…

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Craig Barry’s Varsity Cup journey from player to coach

A career-ending debilitating knee injury hasn’t stopped assistant FNB Maties coach Craig Barry, from pursuing his dream of winning the FNB Varsity Cup. Even though Barry represented the Maroon Machine with distinction in three Varsity Cup finals, he was unlucky not to be on the winning side in a final. In 2021 the 31-year-old outside back picked up…

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Leila Broomhall – A balancing act treading water with passion

Leila Broomhall, a rising star in the world of water polo, recently walked across the graduation stage at Stellenbosch University’s March graduation ceremony. The BSc graduate spent her formative years in Noordhoek alongside her parents, Tanya and Grant Broomhall, and younger brother. Her academic journey started at Bay Primary, followed by Reddam House in Constantia,…

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Paschal Ekeji back in action after injury lay-off

Promising FNB Maties winger Paschal Ekeji has made a successful return to rugby after a long injury lay-off. The 21-year-old speedster played two Currie Cup games for Western Province in 2022 before picking up a knee ligament injury which has kept him on the sidelines for more than a year. Maties head coach Kabamba Floors, says…

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