Another year has come, and another Varsity has gone. This was the 10th Annual Varsity between Southampton University and the University of Portsmouth, and Southampton had the home advantage this year. Portsmouth haven’t won the Cup since 2013… and it seems that we’re going to have to keep on trying.
While this year we sold the most amount of tickets to an away event in the history of Varsity, and we had beaten Southampton teams in BUCs and non-BUCs events leading up to event, it was just not University of Portsmouth’s year. The final score was 188-96 in Southampton’s favour, but Portsmouth still has some success stories to be proud of. Hockey’s Ladies second team beat their opposition for the first time in five years, and the Men’s first team were able to hold Southampton Men’s first team to a draw. Cricket had success with their Men’s and Women’s first teams, and Men’s Rugby managed a clean sweep, with every team winning their fixture. Tchoukball also managed to get points on the board for the University of Portsmouth at Varsity, with a 61-51 win over their rivals. These are just some of the many success stories that have come from Varsity this year.
Not to mention, despite not being able to get our hands on the up, we were able to secure the Intramural Cup! The Intramural Cup keeps everyone involved in Varsity. It is there for those that prefer to compete in a more relaxed and sociable environment and have joined teams at the university that are not involved in BUCs leagues but have leagues of their own. These teams can include futsal, squash, tennis, badminton, football (5, 6, 7 & 11 a-side), hockey, and netball.
It is safe to say that the whole of Portsmouth experienced a student invasion like no other with the Varsity After-Party in Lyberry. The town was truly painted purple with Varsity shirts, face paint, glitter and the temporary tattoos from the packs handed out at the Student Union. A brilliant way to end a full day that already provided competitive sport, free pizza, and fun fairground rides.
When asked about Varsity 2017/18, VP Sport Marcus Campopiano had this to say: “Varsity is always one of the best days of the year. Congratulations to Southampton on yet another fantastic Varsity. Long may the rivalry continue and well done to all who competed.” It can definitely be agreed upon that Varsity is the event of the year for all those who live and breathe the rivalry between Southampton and Portsmouth. Hopefully the win of the Intramural Cup is now a big jump forward toward the University of Portsmouth winning the Varsity Cup in the near future.