Leicester take Varsity crown again

Posted by rmt22 at Mar 23, 2017 09:25 AM |
The University of Leicester are kings of the city once more after they wrapped up a frenetic few days of sport to crown their Varsity title with two wins at the Leicester Tigers stadium.

Leicester are Varsity champions after a hard fought battle with local rivals DMU. This year’s Varsity was one of the closest ever, with DMU taking an early lead on in the standings thanks to wins in the badminton, archery and basketball on Saturday.

Leicester clawed back to level the scores on Monday thanks to wins in American Football and swimming. The men’s and women’s football matches, which had to be hastily rearranged thanks to heavy rain both went to Leicester, with the women annihilating their opponents 4-0 and the men squeaking a 1-0 win.

A frenetic day of action yesterday saw points go either way in the golf, squash, rowing, lacrosse and football 2nds and 3rds, so by the time the action moved to Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road stadium in the evening for the traditional end of Varsity showdown, Leicester had already clinched the title.

But the drama did not stop there. First up were the women, who extended their Varsity unbeaten run to 14 years with a 17-3 win. Amazing job ladies!

The men’s match was even more of a nail-biter, with DMU looking like they were going to take the honours, as after leading throughout the match, Leicester missed a penalty in front of the posts with just a few minutes to go that would have won it, and then knocked on a gilt-edged scoring opportunity. But with literally the last move of the match Leicester went over in the corner to take the game 17-13 unleashing bedlam in the stands.

Congratulations to everyone who took part, from the organisers to the players to the supporters who braved rain, wind and freezing temperatures to get behind the teams - you did the city and University proud! Same time next year?

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