Varsity Hockey Buildup, Doping in Tennis and Champions League Fallout

7th March 2013

This week’s Thursday Sport Show saw the team joined by both the Men’s and Women’s Hockey teams, as they briefed us on the buildup to their marquee fixture versus Trent in the Varsity Series.

Friday 15th March will see Beeston Hockey club host Varsity Hockey, and off the back of roundly successful seasons in the BUCS North Premier League both the women & men are confident to record victories against their cross-town rivals. Everyone involved with the club is hoping for a big turnout of support, and with some very competitive drinks offers on the day it’s likely they will get their wish! But here and now, the competition was between the Men’s and Women’s teams, as in time-honoured Sport Show fashion we subjected them to the Sport Show Quiz, testing their hockey knowledge to the limit.

Next up, normal service resumed as Justin Guthrie, Sam Dean and Chris ‘Breezy’ Brown joined Michael Gaffney to run through the week’s sporting news. To begin with, we gave a grave assessment of England’s 2nd day defeat to New Zealand in their first test against the Kiwis. We moved on to debate the merits of the International Tennis Federation’s decision to introduce biological passports for all professional players to crack down against doping. We also discussed Leeds United’s successful court case against West Yorkshire Police, regarding fees for match-day policing, and speculated as to how it would affect policing and security at sports events in the future.

In the final section, we began by assessing the chances of Stuart Lancaster shuffling the pack of his England squad for their upcoming game against Italy, with the introduction of the Vunipola brothers to the England squad. There was a variety of views on Manchester United’s Champions League defeat by Real Madrid, and whether or not Nani’s game-changing red card was justified or not. We also gave our take on the evening’s Europa League fixtures, with Newcastle United facing Russian moneybags Anzhi, Chelsea travelling to play Steaua Bucharest, and Tottenham up for a massive game versus Italian giants Inter Milan.

Thanks to all who listened and texted in, and special thanks to NUHC & NULHC. There will be no Tuesday or Thursday Sport Shows next week due to SU Elections coverage, so the weekday Sport Shows return on Tuesday 19th March.