The tournament, involving eight teams, begins in Potchefstroom on Thursday, with the semifinals to be played on Saturday.
UJ will be aiming to build on their victory in the University Sport South Africa week in Port Elizabeth in July. They were also runners-up in last year’s Varsity Football tournament.
Although she is not available as she is on duty with Banyana Banyana in the Cosafa Cup in Port Elizabeth, UJ captain Thato Letsoso said the team were out to prove a point.
“But what is important is not to look too far ahead,” said Letsoso. “We must just take baby steps and concentrate on each match as it happens.
She added that their biggest challenge would be to handle the fatigue generated by the intense nature of the competition.
The eight teams will be divided into two pools and will play three round-robin matches on Thursday and Friday. This will be followed by the cross-pool matches on Saturday.
“There is a lot of action in a concentrated period so it is important to manage the players over the three days,” added Letsoso.
She felt the University of Western Cape would be among the favourites for the title, although Tshwane University of Technology have been one of the dominant forces at the event, winning four out of the last five tournaments.
The final will be played on September 27.