Tri-Campus Games Coverage: Day 6

12th June 2010

Day 6:

Having had some R&R time the previous day, the deciding day of competition saw the UK wrap up an number of impressive performcances with gold medal finishes.

In Badminton, the UK women secured gold in emphatic style with a 12-0 win over China. The men, who could only finish as high as second after their defeat to Malaysia, similarly dispatched the Chinese without dropping a game, with the final score standing at 11-0.

Table tennis also offered mixed fortunes for the British, with the Men’s team again crushing their Malaysian opposition 5-0. However, the UK women were unable to match this feat, instead being at the opposite end of the same score, losing 5-0 to Malaysia.

Both UK Ultimate frisbee and Volleyball also secured gold medals, with 11-6 and 3-0 victories over the Chinese respectively.

The last contested event of the games was the Football and with most athletes taking to the steps of the Pavillion esque sports centre, the atmosphere was good. Up first was the women’s match, as the UK and Malaysia battled for gold, having both beaten China. However, the UK were never troubled, eventually notching up a 4-0 victory, with all the goals coming in the first half, taking their overall tournament tally to 12 scored without reply.

It was fitting that the final match was the Men’s football, with the World Cup just 2 days away. Again it was the UK facing Malaysia to decide this year’s Tri-Campus champions, with both teams also having beaten the Chinese. The Malaysians started brightly and when Nottingham UK’s Greg Hayhurst saw red for dissent, the British were in for a hard match. However, they responded well, scoring just 2 minutes later and thus taking a 1-0 lead into half time. A man down in the second half the tiredness began to tell as Malaysia dominated possession without really creating anything. Finally however, the deadlock was broken, when they fizzed in a shot from 18 yards that ended up nestling in the bottom corner. The UK rallied though and managed to hold on for the draw, thus winning the tournament on goal difference.

The evening saw a last push from al three countries to rack up points for the overall team compeition, with a three way Tug of War competition. The UK put in a flawless perfomance, winning all 10 rounds against their opponents, with the Chinese beating Malaysia to second place.

So the final day of competition came to a close. The UK had performed admirably in difficult climatic conditions and would have a number of strong podium finishes at the closing ceremony on Friday.

Ed Tarlton

Competion Day 3 full results:

Basketball

MENS: Malaysia 47-37 China (Malaysia win GOLD)

WOMENS: China 35-11 Malysia (UK win GOLD)

Badminton

MENS: China 0-11 UK (Malaysia win GOLD)

WOMENS: China 0-12 UK (UK win GOLD)

Squash

MENS: China 0-9 Malaysia (UK win GOLD)

WOMENS: China 4-5 Malaysia (UK win GOLD)

Football

MENS: UK 1-1 Malaysia (UK win GOLD)

WOMENS: UK 4-0 Malaysia (UK win GOLD)

Table Tennis

MENS: UK 5-0 Malaysia (UK win GOLD)

WOMENS: UK 0-5 Malaysia (China win GOLD)

Tennis

MENS: UK 5-0 China (UK win GOLD)

WOMENS: UK 5-0 China (UK win GOLD)

Ultimate Frisbee

MIXED: UK 11-6 China (UK win GOLD)

Volleyball

MIXED: UK 3-0 China (UK win Gold)