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1 December 2021
UWC claim third as 2021 HollywoodBets Super League concludes
In claiming a podium place, if you like, UWC Ladies have improved markedly on the inaugural season of the SAFA National Women’s League (SNWL), when they finished eighth.

Thinasonke Mbuli’s squad have had to work overtime in the run-in to the season, by playing seven matches in November before the season-ender on 5 December.

That busy run of fixtures began against First Touch Ladies on 3 November, which UWC hosted away from campus at Parow Park. It proved to be a frustrating afternoon, as the team had to fight from a goal down to secure a 1-1 draw, Noxolo Cesane being the goalscorer.

Three days later mid-table Ma-Indies Ladies turned up at the same venue and this time the coaches could be happy with the output from the team as goals from Molatelo Kobo, Sduduzo Dlamini and Leandra Smeda secured a comfortable 3-0 victory.

Next up was another midweek clash, this time in eMalahleni against Coal City Wizards. Despite their lowly position on the log, and Sibulele Holweni scoring in the first half, UWC were made to fight to see that 1-0 scoreline through – which they did.

UWC found the going far easier during their televised clash against Golden Ladies on 14 November. Sibulele Holweni scored a double (pictured) with Abongile Dlani adding the third in the 3-0 win in Mahikeng – which also marked a debut cleansheet in goal for Lindokuhle Duntsu.

The Ladies were back on the road three days later, this time to Soweto to face varsity rivals UJ. Molatelo Kobo handed UWC the lead straight after half-time but the ‘Orange Army’ equalised with 10 minutes to go and held on to the 1-1 scoreline to earn their first point against UWC in the SNWL era.

The visit of Durban Ladies on 21 November ended the run of weekend-midweek-weekend fixtures but not with the desired result – not least because of the visitors lowly position - as the match ended 0-0.

In the meantime, Mamelodi Sundowns (featuring ex-player Thalea Smidt) had retained the League title – making it a treble season thanks to their Cosafa and Champions League titles – and they were rightfully clapped onto Parow Park by UWC on 28 November. Try as they might, Mbuli’s charges couldn’t secure a famous victory, with a Capetonian in Lelona Daweti scoring the only goal to hand the points to ‘Banyana Ba Style’.

This left only the season-ender, a visit to Bloemfontein Celtic’s HQ, Siwelele Park, to play (pictured). In stormy weather, Noxolo Cesane opened the scoring only for the hosts to equalise a few minutes later. As it happened, Cesane then returned the favour and UDubs were able to hold onto the 2-1 lead to maintain their third place on the final log standings.

Meanwhile, the team held their end-of-season season awards on 3 December with Sibulele Holweni, unsurprisingly, being the big winner. Youngsters Tiffany Kortjie and Fikile Magama also claimed awards in their first season with the club while 'veteran' Antonia Maponya earned praise from coach Mbuli.
 

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2021 RESULTS AT A GLANCE

Date Opponents Result Venue Scorers
3 November First Touch 1-1 Home Noxolo Cesane pen
6 November Ma-Indies Ladies 3-0 Home Molatelo Kobo, Sduduzo Dlamini, Leandra Smeda
10 November Coal City Wizards 1-0 Away Sibulele Holweni
14 November Golden Ladies 3-0 Away Sibulele Holweni 2, Abongile Dlani
17 November UJ 1-1 Away Molatelo Kobo
21 November Durban Ladies 0-0 Home -
28 November Mamelodi Sundowns 0-1 Home -
5 December Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 Away Noxolo Cesane 2

HOLLYWOODBETS SUPER LEAGUE FINAL LOG STANDINGS

Position Team P W D L GF GA GD Points
1 Mamelodi Sundowns 26 24 1 1 87 14 +73 73
2 TUT 26 18 5 3 58 21 +37 59
3 UWC 26 15 8 3 47 16 +31 53
4 JVW 26 16 3 7 69 29 +40 51
5 First Touch Ladies 26 10 10 6 42 35 +7 40
6 Bloemfontein Celtic 26 12 3 11 37 39 -2 39
7 Thunderbirds Ladies 26 10 5 11 29 40 -11 35
8 Ma-Indies Ladies 26 8 7 11 38 49 -11 31
9 UJ 26 7 8 11 26 39 -13 29
10 Durban Ladies 26 6 8 12 36 44 -8 26
11 Richmond United Ladies 26 7 5 14 44 60 -16 26
12 Coal City Wizards 26 6 5 15 25 39 -14 23
13 Golden Ladies 26 5 1 20 18 65 -47 16
14 Tsunami Queens 26 2 3 21 21 87 -66 9
[+] UJ were awarded a 2-0 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic and First Touch Academy were awarded a 2-0 victory over Mamelodi Sundowns

Images courtesy Skhu Nkomphela/UWC Sport.