After winning the first two sets in quick succession, Worcester saw Gloucestershire put up a strong fight for the third, preventing Worcester from taking the first point of Varsity 2017 in straight sets. Worcester came back and hammered Gloucestershire in the fourth set, taking it 25-13. Worcester won 3-1 sets in a great game. Both sides played well with good sportsmanship from all!
The Men continued the Ladies' success in the second fixture of the 2017 Varsity series, winning their first set against a hungry Gloucestershire side 25-21. The second set was neck and neck all the way up to 23-23, before Worcester took it 26-24. Second set to Worcester. The challenge came hard during the third set with Worcester paying for their effort and exertion in the set prior. Worcester fought hard, but lost the third set to Gloucester who continued their momentum into the 4th set, taking an early lead. A motivated Worcester side powered back, equalizing 11 all, with everything still to play for. A number of hot rallies ended with Gloucestershire shooting into the lead once more to 23-15. The pressue was heavy with some bad serves coming from both sides before Gloucester comfortably took the 4th set. At 2 sets all, the 5th was the decider with the first team to 15 taking the win. Worcester came back quick and strong, leading 9-4 before Gloucester made an impressive attempt at a comeback reaching 12-10 to Worcester before we finally took the match 15-12. A euphoric moment for the team, winning a hard-fought game 3-2 sets and scoring the second point of Varsity for #TeamWorc!
The Badminton fixtures saw a solid start with the Women's team winning 5-3. Next, Men's Badminton carried on the winning fashion serving Gloucester a highly impressive 8-0 hammering. This left the mixed doubles with the pressure of getting a hattrick for the Varsity scoreboard.. which they did with a 3-0 win!
At midday it was time for Dance to have their moment in the spotlight. The energetic bunch managed to win Street, Contemporary AND Ballet! With Gloucestershire winning the Jazz and Wildcard categories, meaning that Worcester won the Varsity point for the 6th match in a row.
The Netball match got tense... Gloucestershire took a quick lead in the first quarter. However, Worcester came back strong for the second quarter following tactical substitutions. Our girls took the lead and ended up winning 48-29. There is so much pride for every single member of the Worcester squad for overcoming a tought start and showing Gloucester their true colours. Go girls!
Basketball took the lead from the first 10 seconds of the match and kept in good form the whole game. Multiple 3-pointers and dunks meant Worcester were victorious once again, with the final match score finishing at 90-42.
The futsal match was a tough one with Gloucestershire taking the lead. Worcester scored some great goals and saved even more but Gloucestershire claimed victory with a 5-2 win. Futsal was the final fixture of day 1 in Varsity 2017, leaving the overall scoreboard at 8-1 to #TeamWorc.
The cricket started off on a sunny morning, later enduring some tough conditions. Despite this, Worcester bowled well but unfortunately the batting line up fell apart as Gloucester too, bowled well, and won the match.
The first 90 minutes of the Ladies' Football was goalless. However, things heated up during overtime when Worcester and Gloucestershire had to compete head-to-head for penalties. Mai Butler, Courtney Jones, Billy Haynes, and Harley Simpson scored 4 of the 5 penalties and Sophie Glenny saved 1 of Gloucestershire's gifting Worcester with their 9th point of the Varsity series!
Men's Football followed Ladies', playing into the night. Fans chanted away as the two teams battled it out for 90 minutes. The match went to penalties where, impressively, Worcester's keeper both saved and scored! However, Worcester lost the match, leaving the Varsity scoreboard 9-3 to #TeamWorc at the end of Day 2.
On Friday evening the University of Worcester swim team competed in various categories of swimming against Gloucestershire. After a tough competition from Worcester, Gloucestershire won, making the overall Varsity score 9-4 to Worcester.
On Sunday, American Football played it out in Cheltenham against Gloucestershire. The game started off well with the scores remaining very close between Worcester Royals and the opponents. After half-time, despite Worcester's great offence and team work, Gloucestershire took the lead and won the match 37-13.
Tennis, held at Oxstalls Tennis Centre saw Josh Goodwin keep the matches 1-1 at the early stages, but Gloucestershire went on to take the remaining 4 matches of the day, ending the score 5-1 to Gloucester.
The Trampolining, held later the same day at Oxstalls, saw impressive performances from all of Worcester's competitors, with some extremly close performances between both Gloucester and Worcester. Following the judges deliberations the final score was Worcester 433.3 - 454.7 Gloucester.
The Equestrian events proved to be incredibly close, with the final score line 9-8 to Gloucester. The sportsmanship of all members of the Equestrian Club was absolutely outstanding, especially following such tense and close scoring.
Worcester and Gloucestershire went head-to-head for a match-play competition at Cheltenham. The day ended on 5-1 to Gloucestershire.
Hockey took place in Cheltenham. Worcester Men's Hockey team battled it out, giving the opponents some tough competition. Unfortunately, Gloucestershire won the game 4-1.
Worcester played very well against a team positioned a tier above them in BUCS league. Worcester had the upper hand in the first half. However, Gloucestershire equaled in the second, leading to penalty flicks. The match ended 4-3 to Gloucestershire.
Worcester Sinners helped Worcester keep the winning crown by beating Gloucester 83-76 points with their high-spirts, great cheer and well-rehearsed routine!
Worcester Ladies' Rugby team gave it 100% against Gloucestershire, which included players of the England Rugby Squad. The game ended 0-84 to Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire took the win on the Men's Rugby, with a 39-11 finish. This final game left the overall Varsity score at 10-14 to Gloucestershire.
A big congratulations to any players that participated in Varsity 2017. It was a pleasure supporting you all, and we look forward to next year's Varsity! #RatherBeASauce
All Worcester teams wore rainbow laces to support LGBT+ fans on and off the playing field with Stonewall charity.