Varsity is finally over for another year. With University of Kent beating Christ Church 30-10, InQuire has complied a breakdown of the matches complete with the overall winner and scores. If you missed out on Varsity, do not fear because we have it all here!
An intense first match to kick start Varsity with a win for Kent. The Falcons arrived ready to clutch the winners sign. The Falcons strong defensive team meant that the Chargers were unable to score a single touchdown.
Men’s Cricket 2nd Team
Score: 123 – 99
The Wednesday of Varsity Day 1 was filled with three cricket matches, the first being the Men’s 2nd Team. They smashed it from the word go, batting first and dominating Christ Church by staying ahead the entirety of the match.
Women’s Cricket 1st Team
Score: 111 – 94
Women’s Cricket were up after the Men’s 2s. It was a far closer match between the two teams, but Kent just piped them to the post by 16 points! The teams captain Jordan Garland was delighted with the win, announcing she is ‘proud of her girls’!
Men’s Cricket 1st Team
Score: 97 – 92
So close to a triple win for Kent, but Christ Church 1st Team brought their A-game to this match. The faces are disappointment were short lived from Kent as they celebrated their other two wins. They may have lost the battle, but they won the war.
Thursday Day 2 of Varsity kicked off with Swim. Team chemistry is the main reason that Kent took home the win in this competition. Although Christ Church cheered, they couldn’t be heard above the supportive screams for Kent, especially from UKC Swim’s social secretary.
Although the slopes were dry, Kent still dominated the snow sports, proving that they’re just as good at the sport side as they are at partying on Snow Tour.
Although a non-point scoring as it’s the first time Pole Fitness is in Varsity, both sides still competed as though a real competition. There was creativity in the performances, one of the Kent performances wearing a blindfold while dancing. The performances were fuelled with fluidity and intensity, proving that Socieities are a big part of Varsity.
Kent won by one-point last year, but this year they smashed Varsity! With novis to advanced dances, there was something to please everyone. A fun filled Varsity to end Thursday.
A beautiful start to the Friday Varsity morning with graceful trotting and everyone’s favourite thing: animals. Although Kent did not take the winning sign in this one, it was all round fun and a great experience for freshers to Equestrian.
Score: 21 – 3
Keeping up their victory streak, Kent won Varsity yet again! Although closer then previous years, they still smashed it out the park and showcased some of their best playing.
Same as Women’s, Men’s Lacrosse also kept up their streak, making it nine years they’ve won against CCCU. Team chemistry was what won this one.
After a rocky season, Women’s Football were not expected to win Varsity. However, they did well, the match score being 2-1 to CCCU so not a huge goal difference.
A non-point or winning event, Kent Cheer was all about showing team spirit and showcasing their talent. Go team kent! Some terrific lifts in their routines.
Men’s Football 4th Team
The only Men’s Football match that didn’t end up going to penalties! A clear win for Kent against CCCU. Great attacking.
Men’s Football 3rd Team
Kent’s defense was hot in this one, meaning that CCCU could only get two goals in! Both teams neck and neck with 2-2 until the final whistle, meaning another match going to penalties. But Kent smashed it, #16 taking the final penalty and winning for UKC.
Men’s Football 2nd Team
A saddening match for Men’s Football that kept the club from getting their white wash varsity. A tough, close match in which penalties were not in Kent’s favour. Still, it was anyone’s game.
Men’s Football 1st Team
Kent’s first match to go down to penalties, which UKC proved themselves unscathed by, giving them their first win of Varsity.
The beginning to Saturday day 4 of Varsity.A tough one for UKC, but CCCU won by a couple of points! Get them next time Kent.
Athletics Parkwood Run
CCCU show their good at running by shooting to victory! Unlucky UKC, you still have summer Varsity.
A double win for Kent with a win from both teams! The race was intense, but UKC stayed far ahead in this battle.
Netball 4th Team
Netball 3rd Team
Netball 2nd Team
Netball 1st Team
Netball won three out of four of their matches, which is incredible! The 2nd team just weren’t as strong as CCCU sadly, but the 4th team blew it out of the water!
Another double win for UKC! Men’s Volleyball were neck and neck after the first two matches, but they took home a clear win. Women’s however, smashed CCCU from the word go.
Walkover was awarded to CCCU for this one, due to Men’s Basketball being disqualified from Varsity due to attitude and disrespect to staff.
Argueably the most exhilarating match of Varsity. Both teams were neck and neck until the final ten seconds when CCCU scored a penalty. The Captain Louisa Moore is determined to defeat them next year.
Men’s Tennis 2nd Team
Men’s Tennis 1st Team
Triple win for UKC Tennis! Maniac Monday was filled with tennis going on from 10am to 10pm. Was worth the win though!
Men’s Hockey 2nd Team
Men’s Hockey 1st Team
Women’s Hockey 2nd Team
Women’s Hockey 1st Team
For the first time in ten years, Hockey won all four of their Varsity matches! There was a fear of the Women’s 1st Team being defeated when a shot by CCCU almost soared into the goal. But our defense was too strong. We tasted victory and went in for the kill! Well done UKC.
A fun filled varsity match with trampolining show casing their skills through tucks, pikes and turns. Winning by a mere few points in a close race, UKC take home the win again.
Not expecting to win as stated in previous interviews, Rugby Women’s went out to have fun. They played well but their defensive skills could not stop CCCU scoring. Well, until next time.
Men’s Rugby 3rd Team
Playing a team in the league below, Kent 3s expected a win (told by their captain). An powerful game regardless, enjoyed by all the players and fans. The chants were extreme but non-threatening.
Men’s Rugby 2nd Team
Injuries here there and everywhere didn’t stop Kent from taking home the bacon. After swapping pitches three times because of injured players, Kent gave it their all and bolted past CCCU’s players.
Men’s Rugby 1st Team
Score: 17 – 10
The final match of Varsity and it was a mad one; the chants could be heard from miles away. UKC beat CCCU easily. As soon as they scored their first penalty, they were off and raring to go.
InQuire’s Sports Website Editor Meg Warwick likely attended more Varsity games than anybody else in Canterbury—nearly every one over the week. Here were her highlights:
Women’s Basketball – One of the most amazing matches to have taken place in the entire tournament. Although Kent lost, it was intense and unbearably close until the last few seconds. UKC were neck and neck with CCCU until the home side were given a penalty shot that they scored to win it by a single point in the last 10 seconds: 53-52.
Double Victory – Wins come in twos and that was the case for UKC. Volleyball double win, badminton double win, and lacrosse double win. All incredible games
Men’s Rugby 1s – The last game of Varsity saw an intense competition, to say the least. The score was 3-3 for a while with UKC finally pipping CCCU to the post when they finally scored a penalty shot.
Netball 4s – I was not expecting to enjoy a netball match so much, but the 4s were unbeatable. With incredible team chemistry and great shooting skills, UKC beat CCCU by over twenty shots.
Maniac Monday – An amazing day for UKC with 9 wins out of 10. Hockey got their clean sweep in ten years.
Penalties – Football couldn’t get enough of penalties, with three out of four of their matches putting huge pressure on the goalies. Two out of three times, UKC proved that penalties do not scare them in the slightest.