University of Nottingham

Rugby League

Captains name?
Adam Simm

What’s it like being part of you sports club? 
The rugby league club at Notts has the perfect atmosphere. A balance of hard work, good fun and club unity. It’s a great feeling to represent every one of our members both past and present, whether it’s on the field winning silverware or on the crisis balcony with a vk in hand.

What does the Varsity series mean to you?
The varsity series is a great way to showcase all the quality sport we have at the University. Losing the series to Trent would be devastating. Considering we have won our game for the past two years a lot of bragging rights are on the line.

Why should students come and watch your event?
There’s no better way to unleash your varsity spirit and hatred for Trent than watching one of the toughest team sports in the world. Expect big contacts, flashy plays and 34 men putting their bodies on the line for varsity glory. The game has been an intense spectacle of Rugby League for several years and this year is set to be even better with UON remaining unbeaten all season and Trent performing well in Prem south.

What’s your score prediction?
UON 32-26 NTU

Describe Varsity in 3 words?
Notts is Green

Men’s Lacrosse

Captains name?
Cam Tobin

What’s it like being part of you sports club?
Lacrosse is one of the more inclusive and social clubs at the university, so there’s a strong unity within the club

What does the Varsity series mean to you?
It’s the core focus of every club’s season, winning it means everything

Why should students come and watch your event?
Lacrosse is the fastest game on two feet with some big hits and unnecessary violence to go with it

What’s your score prediction?
12-11 UoN

Describe Varsity in 3 words?
Americans always Win

Women’s Lacrosse

Captain name?
Jessie Robinson

What is it like being part of your sports club?
The lacrosse club has a very welcoming and friendly atmosphere, where everyone is encouraged to perform to their best abilities at whatever level, whilst also having a lot of fun.

What does the varsity series mean to you?
Varsity is an opportunity to showcase lacrosse as the great sport it is. I’m very proud to be leading our premiership devision 1st team in the varsity series to showcase the sport to the wider university community and bring home a win, which will hopefully inspire other people to join our club and try it out for themselves.

Why should students come and watch your event?
It will be an exciting game against our varsity rivals Trent and what better way to see for yourself how it’s played and learn more about the sport whilst enjoying a great afternoon of competition and supporting UoN to a varsity victory!

What’s your score prediction?
20-5 to Notts.

Describe varsity in 3 words?
Fun, competitive & rowdy.

Badminton

Captains name?
Ellen Liddle

What’s it like being part of you sports club?
Everyone gets a long really well. We have socials where everyone gets to know one another at the beginning of the year and because of this a very friendly atmosphere is created.. Everyone enjoys being part of the team and likes the camaraderie of being part of the squad.

What does the Varsity series mean to you?
Varsity means bringing everyone closer together in the spirit of the game. There re no hard feelings between the two universities and everyone has fun.

Why should students come and watch your event?
Because, in particular, the men’s matches and the mixed matches are at the same level of ability which is very high. Because of this the games should be very competitive and good to watch such a high level of badminton. Also the scoring system has been changed to NBL methods in order to be better for the viewers making it a spectator sport. And finally there is a exhibition mixed match at the end which has the potential to decide who wins the game. 

What’s your score prediction?
5/4 to UoN

Describe Varsity in 3 words?
Camaraderie, Teamwork, Competition

Fencing

Captains name?
Daniel Taylor

What’s it like being part of you sports club?
It’s a brilliant experience to be a part of the university fencing club – we have a very friendly club which is very social but also performs incredibly well in our BUCS fixtures. The balance is great.

What does the Varsity series mean to you?
The varsity series is a great way to end our season with a match against our local rivals, it’s always got a brilliant, competitive atmosphere!

Why should students come and watch your event?
Most people have never watched fencing, perhaps aside from during the Olympics, so it’s a great sport to come and experience for the first time!

What’s your score prediction?
135 – 100 (to UoN of course)

Describe Varsity in 3 words?
Green And Gold

Archery

Captains Name?
Adam Sartain

Whats it like to be in your club?
We are a super friendly but also very competitive club. The relaxed nature of our training means we have everyone from 1st years to PhD students.

What does the Varsity series mean to you?
It’s a great way to end our indoor season, we compete against Trent throughout the year and this is the final showdown!

Why should students watch you?
We are a little known sport but we want to show you how exciting Archery can be

Predicted score?
UoN 2 : Trent 1

Describe Varsity in 3 words?
Pride in UoN

Men’s Volleyball

Name?
Benjamin Choi

What’s it like being a member of your sports club?
I’ve been a part of the Volleyball club for more than 3 years now, and I’ve thorougly enjoyed my time with my teams throughout the years. Volleyball is an important part of my life, and I’m happy to have a club at the University that allows me to enjoy the game with great teammates.

What does Varsity mean to you?
Varsity is a great way to relax after the BUCS season, while still keeping a competitive attitude. It allows us to show why we have won for the past, countless, years in a row, and why we are the best University in Nottingham.

Why Should people watch your team?
The Volleyball Varsity event always offers a great show every year, as both sides are eager to prove themselves. Even when the score is one-sided, the emotions in the game stay high throughout the entirety of the match, making it exciting for the spectators!

Predicted score?
3-0 for UoN; both Men’s and Women’s. Also a victory in the whole Varsity event as well, of course!

Describe Varsity in 3 words
Pride, Competitive, Winning

Women’s Volleyball

Name:
Betty Lynn

What’s it like being a member of your sports club?
This is my 3rd and final year at UoN, and equally, my 3rd and final year with the club. I’ve loved my time with the club, as it has allowed me to meet great friends while also playing the sport that I love. It’s hard to imagine my time at UoN without the club.

What does Varsity mean to you?
This will be my first year playing in the Varsity series, but I have attended every other year to watch and cheer on my friends. I’m very excited to feel the buzz of the series on the court this time, and I’m ready to show that we are the best team in Nottingham.

Why Should people watch your team?
Having watched the previous events myself, I can truly say that the energy is amazing. The crowd always gets immersed into the game, and the emotions are high from start to finish, with both teams battling it out to the last point. It should be a great time like every year!

Predicted score?
3-0, 3-0 of course for UoN, of course.

Describe Varsity in 3 words
Competition, Energy, Victory

Nottingham Trent University

Rugby League

Captain’s name?
Matt Ross

What’s it like to be a part of your club?
Its a really good fun atmosphere at the club lots of banter flying about but, we can switch on be professional when we have too. It’s my final year and I can’t think of a better club I could have been involved with for 4 years.

What does the Varsity series mean to you?
Yeah it’s a big deal, we (Rugby League) haven’t won it for two years, so we really want it this year! A lot of lads are playing their last game for Trent and want to go out with a win. The series itself I really enjoy because you get a chance to watch sports you never normally would.

Why should students come and watch your team?
It’s going to be a fast, physical, high intensity game. We are the series opener so we need as much support as possible to make sure we go 1-0 up in the series!

What’s your score prediction?
It’s hard to say, they’re in the league below so we don’t get to see them play, they’ve won every game by a big margin this year so it’s going to be tight. I’m backing us to get the win but think it’ll be a 10 point ball game.

Describe Varsity in 3 words
Best Thing Ever

Men’s Lacrosse

Captain’s name?
Thomas Cooper

What’s it like being a part of your club?
The lacrosse society has been my social hub ever since I moved to study here. Over the three years here what I’ve enjoyed most is watching our team become one of the best university teams in the country. If you ever want to try something different and meet some great people then you need not look further than lacrosse corner on an ocean Wednesday.

What does the Varsity series mean to you?
I personally know a couple of the UoN lads from back home so what started out as occasional joke telling is now a full on war. We will be bringing home the win at varsity.

Why should students come and watch your team?
Mainly for the symbolic Maori war dance our head coach demonstrates just before our games. Goosebumps from the back of my neck to the top of my feet thinking about it.

What’s your score prediction?
Trent to win in three straight sets

Women’s Lacrosse

Captain’s name?
Rosie Jones

What’s it like being a part of your club?
It’s a lot of fun, both sports and socially.

What does the Varsity series mean to you?
It’s a great addition to the normal sporting events. Gives you something to work for after BUCS games are over.

Why should students come and watch your team?
Everyone plays to a crowd! It’s also a good chance to showcase lacrosse as it’s a minority sport.

What’s your score prediction?
Notts 1s are the league above and have some really great players so it’s more than likely to be a loss. If we were to play a well matched team it would be more interesting!

Squash

Captain’s Name?
Adam Turner

What’s it like being a part of your club?
The squash club has great family atmosphere where everyone looks out for one another. We get great support from the rest of the club at our BUCS fixtures and no doubt varsity will be an even bigger turn out.

What does the Varsity series mean to you?
The varsity series is a big deal to the squash club as it’s a great chance for many of our players to get the experience of playing in front of crowd of 100+ people. We have always had a strong friendly rivalry with uni of especially after beating them 4-1 last week in local league.

Why should students come and watch your team?
The atmosphere will be amazing. There’s going to be a full crowd at uni of with tiered seating and a full glass court making it great spectacle to watch. We took them to brink last year losing 3-2 so with some hard training hopefully we can get the big win on the day!

Scoreline prediction?
3-2 Trent in a nail biter!

Describe Varsity in 3 words
Just absolutely mental