Students on their marks

Varsity’s the name, sport is the game and winning is the aim for over 1,000 Sheffield students.

The 15th annual sporting battle between the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University started yesterday at 15 venues across the city.

Over 60 fixtures will take place over the eight days and it culminates in a final match between the Men’s Football first teams at Hillsborough next Wednesday.

This year two new sports have been introduced – Futsal and Aikido – while Judo will be presented as a showcase as there is currently no established club at Hallam University.

The sporting action includes men and women’s football, rugby, hockey and lacrosse while the water sports day at Ponds Forge will feature men and women’s canoe polo, swimming and water polo.

Other events to look out for are cricket, basketball, squash, tennis, rowing, cycling, men and women’s volleyball, athletics, American Football and even Ultimate Frisbee.

Last year’s event was a real thriller with Sheffield Hallam taking the trophy by just two points.

Colan Leung, Sports Officer at Sheffield Hallam students’ Union said; “All the Hallam teams have been working really hard this year and are looking forward to the competition. We won the trophy last year so we’ll be fighting to keep it for the 10th time since Varsity began. The futures bright, it’s maroon and white!”

Emma Bird, Sports Officer at The University of Sheffield’s Students’ Union said: “Our teams have been performing better than ever this year and we hope that with our strength and depth across all sports we will be in with a chance of bringing the trophy home for the first time in seven years.”

The two Universities have already competed in the Winter Varsity tournament which Sheffield won by three points. This contributes to the overall score so they start Varsity with this advantage.

For a full rundown of events, venues and times visit the Varsity fixtures website at: www.shef.ac.uk/union/get-involved/sport/varsity/results-schedule.php