The University of Nottingham have made it eight varsity series wins in a row after dominating Nottingham Trent by 11-3. With just the Men’s and Women’s cricket games left to be played in May, UoN have already secured the 2019 series in convincing fashion.
This year’s Super Wednesday got the University of Nottingham rolling as they stormed to an 11-2 victory across all of the events on the day.
Trent’s first win in the series came at Lady Bay, the home of the #GreenNWhites, where the Rugby League team staged a brilliant comeback to beat the University of Nottingham by a score of 25-22.
Next, a high scoring match in the Women’s Basketball varsity at the Motorpoint arena. Despite taking an early lead and holding it throughout the first quarter, the Trent team were beaten by UoN by a score of 66-52.
Another high scoring game followed in the Men’s Basketball varsity where Trent came out on top in the last quarter to win by 81-73. The game, which had been a very back and forth affair between Trent and the Green and Gold’s, saw NTU come from eight points behind at halftime to win the Varsity match.
Super Sunday and the Rugby Union varsity matches followed. The University of Nottingham claimed the Varsity point from Super Sunday by a score of 8-2. Trent did see successes on the day though as the Women’s Handball team overcame their UoN opponents by a score of 21-11. Karate also went our way, the final score being an impressive 109-61.
Attention turned back to Lady Bay where the Men’s and Women’s Rugby Union varsity matches kicked off. The Men saw success, winning by 25-20, a score that flattered their opposition. Their victory makes it five wins in a row against the University of Nottingham in the annual varsity matches.
However, UoN turned on the style for the Women’s match as they cruised to a massive 96-5 victory over the NTU team. It was a spirited effort under the lights at The Bay and Trent’s one try was well worked but, UoN’s quality really showed on the day.
Back to the Motorpoint, The University of Nottingham edged NTU by nine goals to six in the hotly anticipated Ice Hockey Varsity. UoN’s Italian forward, Domenico Gullo, scored four on the night which proved to be the winning difference between the two universities.
UoN saw victory again in the Football Varsity at Basford United’s home, Greenwich Avenue. In a tightly contested game, Trent found themselves on the wrong side of a narrow 1-0 score line as the referee blew the final whistle.
Trent also found themselves beaten in both the Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse games. Played at Clifton, UoN Women secured a convincing 18-5 win over the NTU counterparts before the Trent Men lost out by one. The final score: 8-7.
Returning to Lady Bay with an unfamiliar sport, Trent found themselves beaten by narrow margins yet again in the American Football Varsity. The final score was just 7-0 as the University of Nottingham were able to shutout the NTU team.
Controversy followed at the Men’s Futsal game where all of NTSU’s reporting teams were barred from covering the event. It proved to be similarly frustrating for the Trent team who threw away a 4-1 lead to lose by 6-4 at the David Ross Sports Village.
That takes us up to the present with UoN leading the series by 11-3. Whilst this year is already decided as far as the whole varsity series is concerned, both the Men’s and Women’s Cricket teams can give Trent a needed boost when they play the University of Nottingham’s Cricket teams on Friday 17th of May. Join us at Clifton Cricket club to see if Trent can finish the 2019 Nottingham Varsity season on a high.
By Christian Riley
Photographs by Ollie Thompson and Fabrice Gagos