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Varsity Women's Basketball Report


UoN 100-36 Trent

Women's basketball post-match interview:

In the first match of this year's Varsity, women’s basketball put the University of Nottingham 1-0 up with a comprehensive 100-36 win.

A spirited performance from Trent was not enough to stop the might of the women’s basketball team, who were simply in another league. A last minute basket for University of Nottingham brought up triple figures, with MVP Danielle Fiacco scoring an astounding 28 points! Dominika Splichalova, Rebecca Janes, and Eleanor Bishop also chipped in with some baskets.

What a way to start this year’s Varsity, let's hope this is a sign of things to come!

We Stand Together.

Amar Mehta and Matt Foulkes

Varsity Cricket Preview


Venue: Clifton Campus
Date: Friday 5th June 2015 (13:00)

Cricket pre-match interview:

Cricket is the final sport of this year’s Varsity series.

It’s a fact that can only remind you of last year, for which cricket was the last event too. The Varsity series was level at 7-7 heading into the fixture, meaning that it would determine the outcome of the whole series. In a turn of events that you literally could and probably would script, that series outcome ended up going down to the final ball. Fortunately, the University of Nottingham prevented Trent from scoring a boundary on that ball, and thus UoN took the 2014 series 8-7, as well as a 6-4 lead in the all-time series.

The cricket team member Ashley Merritt, who fielded that famous last ball in 2014, doesn’t expect this year’s event to go down to the wire in such dramatic fashion.

“I honestly don’t think it will be as close,” he told URN.

“I’ve only played against Trent twice, and the two times I’ve played against them we’ve won and we haven’t had major problems.

“In Varsity last year we didn’t play well at all.

“I think this year with the talent we’ve managed to develop in our squad, with a couple of the incoming players, I honestly would back us to beat them.”

Varsity Swimming Preview


Venue: UoN Pool
Date: Wednesday 6th May 2015 (12:00)

Swimming pre-Varsity interview:

“You have home advantage,” I put to Will and Charlotte from the University of Nottingham swimming club.

“We always have home advantage. Trent don’t have a pool,” Will replied.

It’s a fair point.

It also explains UoN’s phenomenal record in Varsity swimming. It’s very much our university’s equivalent to Trent’s American Football record. Six UoN wins from the six years the sport has been on the Varsity calendar mean that the penultimate event is perhaps a guaranteed point for Nottingham University more than any other.

In last year’s Varsity Uni won 143-77. A big scoreline. It only pales in comparison to the team’s other Varsity wins, such as the 415-255 victory in 2010.

And there is no reason not to expect another convincing performance in the pool from the University of Nottingham’s swimmers.

Varsity Hockey Preview


Venue: Beeston Hockey Club
Date: Tuesday 5th May 2015 (Men’s: 13:00, Ladies’: 15:00)

Women's hockey pre-match interview:
Men's hockey pre-match interview:

Hockey has been a happy hunting ground for the University of Nottingham in recent Varsity series. UoN has won both the men’s and women’s fixtures for the last two years. Most recently, in 2014, the men’s team won 3-1 while the women’s team smashed their opponents 7-0.

Asked about playing style, Uni men’s team player Mo responded: “Argentina style. It’s just pass pass pass. It’s very Arsenal." Silky skills are to be expected from what he says is an international junior standard side.

The men in green and gold are favourites for this year’s event. They finished 4th in Premier North. In Midlands 1A, which also comprises six teams, Trent won the division – pipping Loughborough 2nds to the title by a point.

Just last month, the team also won the Championship Cup for Nottingham University beating Loughborough’s 1st team in the final.

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.