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Varsity Table Tennis Preview


Venue: Jubilee Campus
Date: Tuesday 5th May 2015 (15:00)

Table tennis pre-game interview:

The margins are small between Nottingham’s two universities at table tennis.

In BUCS, the two teams are major rivals and in a league of their own (metaphorically). In both the men’s and women’s leagues, the University of Nottingham finished 2nd and Nottingham Trent finished 1st.

The University of Nottingham will be desperate for revenge. As well as being pipped to two titles by Trent this season, they lost the inaugural Varsity table tennis 3-2 last year.

Nottingham Trent also have disappointments to avenge though. While in the league both the men’s and women’s teams won one game each against each other, the cup finals took place recently. They were both between UoN and NTU, and Uni’s men won 9-5 while the women won 3-0.

For UoN, watch out for the men’s number one seed Paul McCreery. He competed in the Commonwealth Games and this year won the National Irish Championships for the third time in a row.

Varsity American Football Preview


Venue: Lady Bay
Date: Monday 4th May 2015 (13:00)

American Football pre-match interview:

“They don’t really like us and we don’t really like them.”

No love lost is the phrase that springs to mind when you listen to the University of Nottingham’s American Football players previewing this year’s Varsity match against Nottingham Trent.

All told though, the latter’s feelings towards UoN’s team might not be quite as strong as they are the other way around. From a green and gold point of view that’s not a good thing. It reflects the fact that, historically, Trent’s American Football team have trampled all over their annual opponents.

Nottingham Trent’s 26-13 victory in last year’s series made it five wins from five in Nottingham Varsity, an unblemished period of success which has twice seen Uni leave the field without scoring a point.

Nottingham Trent are favourites once again this year, but there is hope for the University of Nottingham – more so than in years gone by.

Both teams compete in the same BUCS division and concluded their seasons many weeks before Easter, let alone the Varsity fixture. Trent finished 1st, but Uni finished 3rd with six wins from their eight fixtures. It represented the latter’s best season in recent times.

Varsity Rugby League Preview


Venue: Lady Bay
Date: Sunday 3rd May 2015 (19:00)

Rugby League follows hot on the heels of Rugby Union on the Saturday and remains on the Notts Varsity calendar as one of the longest running events.

Nottingham Trent are favourites for the win. They thrashed UoN 40-12 last year, and you have to go back to 2012 for the last green and gold rugby league win.

NTU compete in a higher division than their Nottingham rivals. While the University of Nottingham finished 2nd in Midlands 1A with 4 wins and 3 losses, Trent were competing in Premier South. They finished 5th out of 6, winning 3 and losing 7 of their games.

Varsity Rugby Union Preview

Venue: Lady Bay
Date: Saturday 2nd May 2015 (Ladies’: 17:00, Men’s: 19:00)

Rugby Union women's pre-match interview:
Rugby Union men's pre-match interview:

Rugby Union sits with futsal and ice hockey as one of the swing sports in this year’s Varsity series. Both the men’s and women’s matches are virtually impossible to call.

The men’s fixtures returns after last year’s absence. Two years ago UoN won 22-3, but it will have little bearing on the game in 2015.

Described by team member Joe Budd as “flairy”, the University of Nottingham fancy themselves to entertain. They achieved their target of staying up in Premier North A this year with 4 wins and 8 defeats. Nottingham Trent had a very similar season in Premier North B, finishing 5th out of 7 teams with 6 wins, a draw and 7 losses.

If it wasn’t enough to have one Varsity point in the balance on Saturday then don’t worry. It’s anybody guess as to which side will come out on top in the women’s event too. UoN have been in Midlands 1A after relegation last season, and finished 3rd. Trent were in the same division and finished 2nd, on 35 points compared to Uni’s 34.

#GE2015: Who will you vote for?

Who will you vote for?Who will you vote for?

On May 7th, those of you who have registered will have an opportunity to express your voice on who should form the next Government. Whether you are voting in Nottingham or at home, the campaigning period has been fierce with each of the party's trying to win over your vote.

The amount of information can be intimidating at best, so here at URN we've put together a guide to what each of the parties stands for and who they have nominated to be Nottingham South's next MP.

The Labour Party have promised to raise the minimum wage to £8The Labour Party have promised to raise the minimum wage to £8

The current MP for Nottingham South is Lillian Greenwood, of the Labour Party. The Labour Party have campaigned on a platform focused on the economy. Sam takes you through everything the Ed Milliband's party are standing for in this election:

The Conservatives want to increase NHS fundingThe Conservatives want to increase NHS funding

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