Previewing Varsity 2013 with Jonny Bell

17th January 2013

The Sport Show began 2013 by welcoming Students’ Union AU Officer Jonny Bell to join Gaffers, Luke, Simon and Jack to preview this year’s Varsity Series. In what is set to be another series of cracking fixtures, Varsity sees the University of Nottingham’s sports teams face off against those of Nottingham Trent to determine the city’s bragging rights for the coming year. This year’s tournament will see basketball hosted for the first time at the Capital FM Arena, and is sure to mean an even more electric atmosphere for what has always been a very competitive event. After telling us more about the events planned for this year’s Varsity, Jonny was subjected (in time-honoured Sport Show tradition) to the legendary Sport Show quiz!

Next up, the team gave full credit to Laura Robson’s heroic defeat of Petra Kvitova over the course of a three-hour epic in sweltering conditions at the Australian Open. The team predicted that off the back of her success in the Olympics over the summer, 2013 would be Robson’s breakthrough year. At only 19 years of age, the future looks very bright for her. Then the discussion took a less positive turn as Lance Armstrong made an unwelcome return to the show. Unsurprisingly, Armstrong’s decision to make a much publicised ‘apology’ for his doping on the Oprah Winfrey Show was condemned by the panel as a cynical act designed to preserve his business interests. But as Jack reminded us, Armstrong’s outstanding work for cancer charities should not be overshadowed by his cheating, as extensive as it may have been.

In a roundup of the business of the football transfer window so far, one story stood out, and it didn’t involve a player. Pep Guardiola’s decision to take the reins at Bayern Munich for the coming season in July shook the football world, and the Sport Team gave their take on its consequences for football in Germany, Europe and beyond. Next, we analysed some of the bigger player transfers of the window, such as Joe Cole’s return to West Ham and Daniel Sturridge’s move to Liverpool. We also speculated as to whether Theo Walcott would finally “sign da ting”, and how important he could be to Arsenal’s top-four ambitions.

Which means it’s time for that song again…


Finally, we reviewed the previous night’s FA Cup games, giving full credit to Big Sam for his achievements so far at West Ham, even if they didn’t get the result they wanted against Manchester United. Questions were asked as to whether Arsenal will qualify for the Champions League this season however, with most of the team backing Tottenham Hotspur.

Thanks to everyone who listened!