University of Warwick remain victorious in annual varsity matches

A series sporting fixtures held annually for over a quarter of a century has continued a university's winning streak.

Friday, 3rd March 2017, 1:18 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:22 am
The University of Warwick and Coventry University men's rugby team battle for honours on the pitch

The University of Warwick is now boasting 27 years of victory and remain undefeated in the hotly contested inter-university games between Warwickshire’s Higher Education institutions.

Every spring the University of Warwick and nearby Coventry University compete against one another in over 20 different sports including football, rugby, tennis, athletics, netball, swimming, ice hockey and snooker.

Varsity 2017 kicked off to a great start as Team Warwick took to the green baize in the first fixture, with the pool team winning 37-33 and the snooker players, after a fierce battle, took home the points for Warwick with a 13 -7 victory.

Cricket match honours went to Coventry University, but Warwick made up for it with a win for Warwick Riding and a tie in the women’s badminton.

Coventry pulled back winning the Rugby League match and the first ice hockey match.

Team Warwick fought back and managed to beat Coventry in seven out of the ten matches, with a continued success which led them into a very secure position of 37 – 19.

With a day of fixtures to go Warwick passed the winning post marking the 27th Varsity win for the University.

Despite losses in the women’s and men’s football, lacrosse and athletics and rugby the overall performance by the University of Warwick competitors gained them victory.

Lisa Dodd-Mayne, Director of Sport & Active Communities said: “Off the playing fields and on them, the support across all of the clubs, societies and staff members was incredible.

“I would like to say thank you to all those who won, lost or supported over the past couple of weeks.

“Our results showed the sheer tenacity, determination and sporting talent we have here at Warwick which is incredible to see.”

Ted Crowson, Warwick Student Union Sports Officer said: “My main feeling is an overriding sense of pride in Warwick, not only that all of the teams showed great character in their fixtures throughout the weekend, but more so the fans that turned out in force in support of #teamwarwick.

“They really were the difference in creating a fantastic atmosphere and collective spirit which was crucial to our success this year - I was proud to stand and cheer.”