Varsity Futsal Preview

21st April 2015

Venue: Clifton Campus
Date: Tuesday 28th April 2015 (Ladies’: 19:20, Men’s: 20:30)

Women’s futsal pre-match interview:
Men’s futsal pre-match interview:

Futsal is a big factor in there being six more points up for grabs in this year’s Varsity series than in last year’s. It’s a new sport to the competition and includes both men’s and women’s events.

The women’s match is too close to call. There is no Varsity history to go on, and the University of Nottingham topped Midlands 1A this season with 8 wins from 8, while Nottingham Trent also finished 1st in Midlands 1B.

Meanwhile, Trent are slight favourites in the men’s event. In a BUCS league in which each team played only 4 fixtures, Trent finished 1st and the University of Nottingham a close 2nd.

While the game is by no means a write-off for Uni, Trent have had the edge on them this season however one looks at it. They beat UoN 7-6 back in October, and although the University of Nottingham did progress a stage further than Trent in the cup by reaching the semi-finals, they lost 12-7 to a Durham outfit that only beat Trent by a narrower 8-7 margin in the quarters. Speaking to URN, men’s futsal player Mo put Uni’s defeat to Trent down to overconfidence.

With two strong teams in the men’s event and a women’s match as unpredictable as one of my mini-golf performances, futsal will be a crucial sport in determining the outcome of the Varsity series. It takes place 9 days before the UK’s General Election, and is very much the sporting equivalent of a swing seat.