Results from the 2011 series will be added below during the course of the event.
Match 1: American Football: Gloucestershire Gladiators 42 - 14 Worcester Royals
Varsity 2011 got underway on Gloucestershire soil as the home Gladiators and the Worcester Royals lined up to face one another at The Folley, Cheltenham. Although Gloucestershire had triumphed when the two sides met in the BUAFL League season it was the visitors who made the first breakthrough. Worcester led 12-6 in the first quarter through touchdowns from Constantine Okoye Richard Penwright, but were soon pegged back. A hat-trick of touchdowns for the impressive Ricky Massiah helping the Gladiators on their way to the first point of Varsity 2011.
A more detailed match report can be found here.
Match attendance: 135
Score after 1 fixture: Gloucestershire 1-0 Worcester (with 12 fixtures still to play)
Match 2: Ladies' Football: Uni of Worcester 2 - 3 Uni of Gloucestershire
A disappointing night for Worcester and their supporters at St Georges Lane, as the Uni of Gloucestershire triumphed in the Ladies' Football fixture to go into a 2-0 lead in the Varsity 2011 series. After a goalless first half Katie Cook gave the visitors the lead, but captain Sam Masters levelled things with quarter of an hour to play. However Cook would strike again to put Gloucestershire back ahead, ebfore completing her hat-trick five minutes from time. An injury-time goal from Kim Bebbington brought Worcester some hope, but it was not to be.
A more detailed report of this game can be found here.
Match attendance: 383
Score after 2 fixtures: Gloucestershire 2-0 Worcester (with 11 fixtures still to play)
Match 3: Cheerleading: Uni of Worcester 261 - 277 Uni of Gloucestershire
More heartache for Worcester as the main home leg of the 2011 Varsity began witha defeat for the Worcester Sinners cheer squad. Competing to BCA rules the Sinner's Co-Ed Level 2 routine scored well, but unfortunately they were to be outdone by the Level 3 All-Girl Gloucestershire Dynamites squad. It proved to be close, but the judges gave the victory to the Dynamites, scoring it 277 - 261.
Match attendance: 375
Score after 3 fixtures: Gloucestershire 3-0 Worcester (with 10 fixtures still to play)
Match 4: Dance: Uni of Worcester 191 - 186 Uni of Gloucestershire
Points on the board at last for Worcester as they triumphed in the inaugural Dance Varsity event in front of a large and supportive crowd at the University Sports Hall. The Street Dance team from the Uni of Gloucestershire set the competition off in impressive style with a fantastic urban hip-hop routine, but Worcester's Saints, led by Kirsty Edwards and Laura Hopkins proved to be more than a match, and the decision rested with the judges. Each of the three judges scored out of 75, giving a total of 225 available marks for each routine, and with just five marks in it, Worcester were announced as the champions.
Match attedance: 375
Score after 4 fixtures: Gloucestershire 3-1 Worcester (with 9 fixtures still to play)
Match 5: Badminton: Uni of Worcester 1 - 6 Uni of Gloucestershire
Match report From The Voice Student Newspaper; This event was played out professionally by both teams, involving singles, doubles and mixed doubles games. The standard of play was excellent throughout and neither team were outclassed. Although the results on the whole didn't go the way of Worcester, the ability of all members was never in doubt. The marathon game between Worcester's Anton Kadura and Gloucestershire's Ben Spavins was impressive with Kadura showing real determination to come through with a win for Worcester. Holly Sherington faced fierce competition from her counterpart, Gloucestershire's Gemma Bayntum and was unfortunately undone with clever drop shots at the net... It is safe to say the final score was somewhat unjust.
Match attendance: 415
Score after 5 fixtures: Gloucestershire 4-1 Worcester (with 8 fixtures still to play)
Match 6: Netball: Uni of Worcester 24 - 47 Uni of Gloucestershire
A disappointing afternoon session at the Uni of Worcester Sports Centre ended with a fifth defeat in the Varsity series as Gloucestershire's netballers came out on top. Worcester had started brightly in the first quarter, but the accuracy of shooting was proving all the difference as the visitors raced into a 12-6 lead. In the second quarter Worcester restricted Gloucestershire's scoring, but struggled to make in roads themselves and the visitors led by 8 at the interval. However, the second half saw Gloucestershire stride clear; 13 points in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth giving them a commanding 47-24 victory.
Match attendance: 415
Score after 6 fixtures: Gloucestershire 5-1 Worcester (with 7 fixtures still to play)
Match 7: Women's Basketball: Uni of Worcester 75 - 59 Uni of Gloucestershire
Match report From The Voice Student Newspaper; After a disappointing defeat on home ground last year, the Worcester ladies were desperate to secure a victory against bitter rivals Gloucestershire. Worcester took an ealry lead and from that point the result was never in doubt as they kept the visitors at arm's length throughout the match. Gloucestershire offered some reilience, but poor shooting, combined with excellent Worcester defence, meant they never looked like threatening the home side's lead. Worcester ladies romped to victory, finally laying the ghosts of last year to rest, as they took the Varsity match with a convincing 75-59 win.
Match attendance: 481
Score after 7 fixtures: Gloucestershire 5-2 Worcester (with 6 fixtures still to play)
Match 8: Men's Basketball: Uni of Worcester 77 - 63 Uni of Gloucestershire
Match report From The Voice Student Newspaper; After a successful season Worcester were desperate to round off their impressive campaign with victory over arch-rivals Gloucestershire. Those hoping for a close game were left disappointed as Worcester dominated throughout the match and were leading by over 30 points at one stage of the third quarter. Coasting from start to finish Worcester even found space to play some exhibition basketball in the 4th quater, treating fans to an impressive range of tricks and skills. Gloucestershire showed some character to reduce the final defecit to just fourteen points, however it is Worcester who take the plaudits given the size and style of this victory.
Match attendance: 481
Score after 8 fixtures: Gloucestershire 5-3 Worcester (with 5 fixtures still to play)
Match 9: Men's Cricket: Uni of Gloucestershire 208/8 - 207/10 Uni of Worcester
Match report From The Voice Student Newspaper; Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to field on a very good April wicket. With an electric start from Liam Hughes Worcester raced to 44 off just four overs before both Liam and brother Alex Hughes were dismissed quickly after. There was a steady recovery from the two old heads in the team, Joel Tratt and Dan Martin, before this pair again was dismissed in quick succession. The innings overall was a very stop start affair with Worcester eventually finishing on 207 all out. Gloucestershire lost their first wicket on the very first ball as Sean McKee, bowling his first ball of University cricket, loked to set the tone for the inning. But Gloucestershire fought back and left themselves needing 36 from the final four overs with two wickets in hand. Unfortunately for Worcester a couple of lusty blows from the Gloucestershire tail got them over the line with just one ball to spare, devastating the Worcester team and supporters. However, the several hundred who came to watch were truly entertained with one of the best matches you could hope to watch .
Match attendance: 180
Score after 9 fixtures: Gloucestershire 6-3 Worcester (with 4 fixtures still to play)
Match 10: Volleyball: Uni of Gloucestershire 3 - 0 Uni of Worcester
Match report from The Voice Student Newspaper; This year saw the inclusion of Volleyball in the Varsity series for the first time, but unfortuantely it brought a disappointing loss for the Worcester team. Although Worcester showed some aggression in their defence and skilfully won back some points, the constant skill of the Gloucestershire team won out.
Match attendance: 70
Score after 10 fixtures: Gloucestershire 7-3 Worcester (with 3 fixtures still to play)
Match 11: Women's Hockey: Uni of Gloucestershire 5 - 0 Uni of Worcester
Match report from The Voice Student Newspaper: The pressure was on the Ladies' Hockey side in this, the first game of the final day of Varsity 2011. However, with the opposition normally playing two levels higher than the Worcester team it was always going to be a challenging match. As it was the game was dominated by Gloucestershire, being predominantly played in the visitors' half. Worcester impressively held them at bay for two short corners and one long one before Gloucestershire eventually found a way through to open the scoring. This was followed two minutes later by a successful short corner to double the lead. The second half saw Gloucestershire add another three goals in the space of fifteen minutes to complete a convincing win.
Match attendance: 280
Score after 11 fixtures: Gloucestershire 8-3 Worcester (with 2 fixtures still to play)
Match 12: Men's Hockey: Uni of Gloucestershire 4 - 3 Uni of Worcester
Match report from The Voice Student Newspaper; The match started brightly for Worcester as they took the game to their opponents who sit a division above them in the BUCS Leagues. However, they failed to find the breakthrough and Gloucestershire immediately answered them wioth the first goal of the game, an advantage they doubled ten minutes later for a 2-0 half-time lead. After the interval Worcester hit back more aggressively and pulled a goal back within the first minute, before going on to level the match at 2-2. However Gloucestershire were not ready to roll over and added a third goal, before Worcester gave away a penalty, an opportunity their hosts were not likely to waste and Gloucestershire restored their two goal cushion. Late in the game Worcester struck again to make it 4-3, but it would prove to be little more than a consolation goal.
Match attendance: 280
Score after 12 fixtures: Gloucestershire 9-3 Worcester (with 1 fixture still to play)
Match 13: Women's Rugby Union: Uni of Gloucestershire 14 - 19 Uni of Worcester
Match report from The Voice Student Newspaper; Gloucestershire got off to the better start taking the lead with a penalty early in the game. However, Worcester struck back quickly, with a converted Sam Bree try putting them in front of their Varsity rivals. The home side duly hit back, pinning Worcester inside their own twenty-two for a long period before finally findiing a break in the defence to score a try of their own, though they would miss the conversion. Worcester hit back on the attack themselves and soon retook the lead through another Sam Bree try, though this conversion attempt was also missed. Gloucestershire edged ahead again with a penalty, but it was to be Worcester's day as they secured their second successive Women's Rugby Varsity with a hat-trick try from Bree.
Match Attendance: 562
Final Varsity 2011 score: University of Gloucestershire 9-4 University of Worcester
Event Photography courtesy of;
Martin Duke (Badminton, Ladies & Men's Basketball, Ladies & Men's Hockey and Ladies Rugby Union)
Paul Beard (American Football, Ladies Football and Cricket)
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