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Varsity Lacrosse Preview

Venue: Clifton Campus
Date: Tuesday 28th April 2015 (17:45)

Lacrosse pre-game interview:

Lacrosse returns for its fourth year on the Nottingham Varsity series with two teams who have had excellent seasons.

The University of Nottingham finished 2nd only to a great Durham side in Premier North. UoN proved themselves a match even for Durham however, losing narrowly 11-8 to them in the cup final last term.

Equally Nottingham Trent will enter the Varsity fixture full of confidence. They competed a level below UoN in Midlands 1A, but tore up their league with ten wins out of ten and a massive goal difference of 260.

UoN will be seeking to repeat the victory they recorded against their local rivals in a pre-season friendly. A win would avenge their 14-6 defeat in Varsity 2014, the only loss Nottingham University has suffered against Trent in Varsity Lacrosse so far.

Varsity Dodgeball Preview

Venue: Clifton Campus
Date: Tuesday 28th April (17:00)

Dodgeball pre-match interview:

First thing’s first. Let’s get it out of the way. The film Dodgeball is awesome. There are many memorable quotes from it. “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball” is a personal favourite.

There will be no “Average Joe’s” in this fixture though. Nottingham Trent’s Aran Tansley represents England U21s. For the University of Nottingham, Emily Walker is also an England player and won two gold medals at the Euros last summer. Lining up alongside her will be Frankie Bell, the Republic of Ireland women’s captain.

In this Varsity sport the standard will be high. The University of Nottingham have done well and so have their rivals, albeit a division below UoN – who operate in Division 1 but would be capable of competing in the Premier League according to club President Lawrence Seatree. The teams also know each other having trained together previously.

The games between the two teams have also been close in previous years. 2015 is the first time Dodgeball is on the Varsity calendar, but unofficial matches in the past have been close.

Varsity Basketball Preview

Venue: Capital FM Arena
Date: Monday 27th April 2015 (Ladies’: 17:30, Men’s: 20:15)

Women's basketball pre-match interview:

[To hear the men's team's thoughts ahead of Varsity basketball, tune in to URN from 7pm on Monday night.]

It begins with basketball. A sport which has grown over the last few years to become one of the first fixtures fans look for when booking their Varsity tickets, basketball this year has the honour of starting the series.

Two years ago the event moved to the Capital FM Arena. Naturally this increased the crowd significantly, and although still falling short of the sell-out sales that the Ice Hockey game attracts, the attendance of 4,426 last year was double that achieved in the inaugural year at Nottingham’s largest indoor arena.

It’s on an upward trend – a bit like our basketball teams. Since the event upgraded venue the University of Nottingham hasn’t lost a match in this sport in either the men’s or women’s event. Last year was particularly comfortable, with the women running out 61-20 victors and the men chalking up a 75-43 win.

Varsity 2015 Series Preview

Two years ago one of URN’s taglines for Varsity was “it’s live, it’s unscripted, and it’s happening now”. You could be forgiven for questioning the middle one.

When the outcome of last year’s entire series depended on the final event, cricket, and when the outcome of the cricket match depended on the final ball, you have to hold your hands up and say that that is probably an unmatchable climax to a Nottingham Varsity series.

But while Varsity 2015 may not finish as dramatically, it is certain to build up just as much of a buzz.

This year the series has undergone a major change, with all but one event condensed into a 10-day period, as opposed to spreading the competition out over the course of 5 months.

It means that this year, Varsity will be the word on the lips of every sports fanatic at the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent during the period between the Easter holidays and exam season.

Looking at the form books, UoN should have every confidence of making it four Varsity series wins in a row.

The University’s sports scene is growing and improving year-on-year, and this year Nottingham are 3rd in the BUCS standings overall, with Nottingham Trent in 17th.

Philip George - INTERVIEW

Before the End of Term, we interviewed Philip George. A local, Nottingham-based producer and DJ responsible for the monstrous Wish You Were Mine from the beginning of 2015.

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He's been announced for this year's No Tomorrow Festival alongside a host of other spectacular artists and DJs due to take over Wollaton Park on the 6th & 7th June.

Have a listen to our interview with him below, where we discuss his rapid rise to stardom, his favourite songs to play in his DJ sets and his dream B2B set...

Make sure you get your hands on a No Tomorrow ticket HERE.

Check up the full lineup so far:

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