The SU is excited to be hosting the 3rd annual Varsity series against Cardiff Met University on Wednesday 18 April, as the event returns home to campus this year! Varsity is the biggest day of sport on campus every year - we have a total of 13 teams competing across 9 sports. The day is a celebration of the competitive season and will have a party like atmosphere with over 2000 students coming down to support.
The last two years have been fantastic events. 2016 was the inaugural event and the competition was intense throughout, with Bath scoring a winning penalty in the rugby with 2 minutes left and in the final netball match coming from behind in the last quarter to take victory in the overall series.
In 2017 we travelled away for the first time to defend our title at Cardiff and over 500 students made the trip to Wales to see if we could retain the trophy. It was again a tense affair with Bath losing some early games, results picked up though in the afternoon though, including a 7-0 win for women’s hockey and a nail biting 3-3 draw in the men’s football. Bath won the final game of rugby to even the series which forced us to decide who was taking home the trophy with a further period of ‘golden try’. Two exhausted teams battled it out for 10 minutes but Bath broke away to score the final try to the delight of the away fans.
The day will run from midday to around 20:00 with every minute jam packed with competition. Check out the full out the timetable.
SU Sport Officer Will Galloway said “This is easily the day I look forward to most every year, getting to see the event grow so much since 2016 has been fantastic and its brilliant to see so many students excited to be involved and fight for the right to call themselves Varsity champions, it certainly isn’t a day to miss out on.”
“I am particularly excited to see the introduction of the new sports, especially wheelchair basketball who I know are really pumped up to be taking part.”
Women’s basketball captain Misha Blair is certainly looking forward to playing her first Varsity. She said “I'm really excited to be playing in Varsity next week, our team has worked hard all season and this is a great way to cap it off!”
“We know Cardiff Met will be a tough opponent but we are ready to go out there and show everyone what we can do.”
There are lots of activities to get involved with alongside the sport including an inflatable obstacle course, sumos and the famous mascot race! Don't miss out - get yourself down to the STV and Founders Hall from midday next Wednesday!