Varsity 2013: Women’s Football Prematch Interview & Report
3rd May 2013
In the buildup to the their season-closing fixture versus Trent at Varsity, Gaffers and Simon managed to interview Lucy Sheeran, Sinead King and Amy Leicester from Nottingham University Women’s Football Club. The ladies have endured a tough season so far, finishing bottom of the BUCS Premier North Division, and as they told the guys it’s made them all the more determined to prevail on Thursday at Meadow Lane.
However, in spite of Lucy’s eagerness to brand Trent as a second-tier side (we appreciated the Millwall comparison – certainly representative of their fans so far in the Varsity Series!) Sinead warned that they would be facing a Trent team who are champions of the BUCS Midlands 1A Division and have no shortage of confidence or quality.
With a win for Uni last year and a Trent win on penalties the year before, this fixture has always been one of the most open and fiercely contested on the Varsity calendar. As Sinead emphasised, there really is everything to play for!
Playing in front of the fans at Meadow Lane is a massive opportunity for everyone involved, but this year holds extra possibilities for the ladies as Notts County scouts are rumoured to be in attendance, seeking to bolster their squad ahead of their debut season in the Women’s Super League. However, the girls maintained they would be keeping their feet firmly on the ground and focusing on a solid team performance.
One of the biggest hopes from Thursday’s match is that it increases interest and involvement in women’s football at both universities. NUWFC is well-known as one of the most welcoming and friendly sports teams at UoN, with great team spirit, and they explained how the team is always looking for new players to get involved.
The ladies gave us their tips on which players to look out for, not least strong centre-forward Jenny Bradley, along with titanic central defender Susie Mason and the midfield dynamo that is Tara Lundie. They also hinted that they might have the inside track on their opposition through their coach’s knowledge of the Trent players who turn out for Nottingham Forest Ladies.
Most important of all is to get a good turnout for what will surely be a cracking game of football. Sinead explained how much of a difference support from the crowd makes – and with the glorious weather Nottingham is experiencing at the moment, what better way to spend a Thursday afternoon than at Varsity Football? As NUWFC Social Sec, Amy also anticipates a big night out afterwards!
Special thanks to Amy, Sinead and Lucy for taking the time to speak to us.
URN will be covering Varsity Football live, with live text updates from 5:15pm and live coverage on AM and online from 7pm.
Varsity Football at Meadow Lane Stadium 9/5/13
Women’s KO 5:15pm