To all Members,

This July is an exciting time at the club as Riverside will be playing host to three national tournaments.

From Monday 3rd July until Friday 7th, there is the University Sport South Africa (USSA) Hockey tournament with 23 universities competing.

On Saturday 8th, 10th and 12th of July there is the USSA Rugby tournament with 25 universities competing.

From Thursday 13th of July to Saturday 15th July there is the Belgotex Elite Club Championships with 8 men’s teams and 6 women’s teams representing elite hockey clubs from around the country. This is the biggest non-tertiary hockey tournament of its’ kind in South Africa.

More details on the Belgotex ECC will follow next week and for now we will focus on the upcoming USSA events. Links to the fixtures can be found below.

One of the highlight days is Saturday the 8th of July where the feature match is the highly competitive clash between the traditional powerhouses of university rugby – Tukkies (Pretoria) vs Maties (Stellenbosch). This match starts at 3.30pm

The curtain raiser for the feature match at 14h00 on the 8th is the all-important Varsity Shield Promotion / Relegation group knockout game between Riverside’s “home” team IIE’s Varsity College and Vaal University of Technology. The IIE’s Varsity College team would appreciate good supporter turnout from the Riverside members to help spur them on to the next tier of Varsity rugby which will in turn bring higher profile games to Riverside.

Directly after the Tukkies / Maties match is the Boks vs Aussies match at 5pm which is being played in Pretoria and will be shown on a big 7m screen on the Riverside rugby field. We invite all members and friends to join the players to watch the match at the club. Bring a deck chair / blanket and have a picnic on the field while watching the test match.

You are reminded to not bring your own drinks to the club but to rather support the club bar so we can afford to host more events of this type. Drinks bought elsewhere are not permitted at the club.

Tournament fixtures:

See you at the club.