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Venue: Meadow Lane
Date: Friday 1st May 2015 (Ladies’: 17:30, Men’s: 19:30)
Men's football pre-match interview:
As our national sport, football is always one of the Varsity events that people get especially excited for. It is once again going to be held at Notts County’s beautiful Meadow Lane, with both a women’s and a men’s match.
The University of Nottingham’s record in Varsity football has been poor. Only fourth years may remember seeing a green and gold win in the sport – the women won 1-0 in 2012. UoN lost both fixtures in each of the last two years. In 2014, the women were beaten 2-0 by an excellent Trent side. The men’s team took a first half lead but trailed 3-1 by half-time and were unable to change that scoreline in the second half.
Venue: Clifton Campus
Date: Thursday 30th April 2015 (19:30)
Volleyball men's and women's pre-match interview:
“Even if they [Trent] get the biggest crowd in the world, they still will lose.” That's what the UoN men’s team captain Jakub Wójcik told URN in an interview with the station to preview the Volelyball Varsity fixture.
His confidence is hard to match, although women’s captain Gina wasn’t far off.
Volleyball is one of the new sports to the Varsity calendar, and could be an addition that works in the University of Nottingham’s favour.
The women’s team finished 3rd in Midlands 1A this season with 5 wins and 5 defeats. It was the same league standing as Trent’s ladies, but was achieved one division higher.
Similarly, the men’s team have competed a level higher than their Trent opponents this year. Whereas NTU finished 2nd in Midlands 2A, UoN won Midlands 1A – losing only 1 of their 10 matches all season.
Venue: Clifton Campus
Date: Thursday 30th April 2015 (18:00)
Netball is one of two sports being played in the Varsity series on Thursday evening. It’s an intriguing clash, not least because these teams have been in the same BUCS league this year.
On league form and the head-to-head record, Trent are favourites for the point. They finished 2nd in the league with 7 wins and 3 losses, while UoN finished 5th with 4 wins and 6 losses.
Add into the mix the fact that two of those losses for Uni were at the hands of their local rivals and bringing home the Varsity point looks a tough challenge for the girls in green and gold. Most recently they lost to Trent 48-36 in November, and before that they lost 52-47 in a close game on Jubilee Campus.
There is room for positivity from a University of Nottingham point of view. UoN Captain Emma Bewick says the squad is stronger and fitter now than in the autumn semester, and even the NTU captain has only predicted an extremely narrow win for her team (52-47).
Nevertheless, despite Uni ending the season with a win over the division’s top dogs Birmingham – the West Midlands-based team’s only other defeat of the season was to Nottingham Trent. That was by a wider margin than their defeat to the University of Nottingham too.
Venue: Capital FM Arena
Date: Wednesday 29th April 2015 (19:15)
Ice Hockey pre-match interview:
Fast-paced, frantic and full of fans is how you could describe Nottingham Varsity Ice Hockey. 7000 supporters will descend on the Capital FM Arena for a sell-out spectacular on Wednesday evening as the biggest Varsity ice hockey match outside of North America graces the city once again.
Ice Hockey is always one of the most unpredictable events of the series. The two universities don’t operate separate teams throughout the season, instead forming together a combined Nottingham Universities side, the Nottingham Mavericks. It adds a personal edge to the Varsity game when the team is split into two.
What we do know is that the match will be of the highest standard. The Mavericks won the league this season with a perfect 10 (wins from 10 games). Not only that, but Varsity “really brings us up to another level”, according to Dan Atkinson – one of the UoN players.
The University of Nottingham has won Ice Hockey for the last two years, last year coming back from 3-0 down to secure a dramatic 4-3 victory.
Venue: Clifton Campus
Date: Tuesday 28th April 2015 (Ladies’: 19:20, Men’s: 20:30)
Women's futsal pre-match interview:
Men's futsal pre-match interview:
Futsal is a big factor in there being six more points up for grabs in this year’s Varsity series than in last year’s. It’s a new sport to the competition and includes both men’s and women’s events.
The women’s match is too close to call. There is no Varsity history to go on, and the University of Nottingham topped Midlands 1A this season with 8 wins from 8, while Nottingham Trent also finished 1st in Midlands 1B.
Meanwhile, Trent are slight favourites in the men’s event. In a BUCS league in which each team played only 4 fixtures, Trent finished 1st and the University of Nottingham a close 2nd.
While the game is by no means a write-off for Uni, Trent have had the edge on them this season however one looks at it. They beat UoN 7-6 back in October, and although the University of Nottingham did progress a stage further than Trent in the cup by reaching the semi-finals, they lost 12-7 to a Durham outfit that only beat Trent by a narrower 8-7 margin in the quarters. Speaking to URN, men’s futsal player Mo put Uni’s defeat to Trent down to overconfidence.