It’s that time of year again folks, the biggest ice hockey varsity outside North America is back for its eighth year and needs YOUR support. See the University of Nottingham skate on thin ice as Trent fight to keep their champion title dreams alive all in aid of CP Sport, a charity which helps those with cerebral palsy.
For many students, old and new, the ice hockey is THE varsity event to attend. With a sell out crowd every year it’s a time for the players to showcase their skills and earn the bragging rights. Trent Forward Elliot Soward talks about his new role as captain in his last year representing Trent.
“It is quite a lot of pressure but we have lots of experienced players on our team so I’m sure the players will make my job easier. Playing in varsity is an amazing experience, we would never get the opportunity to play in front of 7000 spectators anywhere else and with the rivalry between the two uni’s it creates an amazing atmosphere.”
“The game is going to be really tough. Even though we play together as one team during the season, when it comes to Varsity everyone is focused on winning and picks their game up. It’s going to be a very fast game with some big hits and lots of hard grinding to make sure we win every puck. The teams are matched really well and the score will be close, too difficult to predict but with some really talented attacking players I think it will be a high scoring game with Trent winning.”
Newcomer Ryan Kelly, back up netminder for Trent, predicts, “It will be heavy scoring with Trent coming out 7-3 winners.”
“After watching the last two Varsity games from the stands I can honestly say there is no atmosphere like it. To have a crowd split 50/50 is unusual itself, couple that with the indoor arena and it’s incredible. To experience it this time around from the ice will be unbelievable and to say I’m excited is an understatement.”
Former Trent student, Dan Taylor will be playing as alumni meaning that this will be his last time ever to play in the varsity tournament.
“I’m quite emotional that this is going to be my last game. Spectators should expect a passionate game, fast and physical. I hope we can repeat last year and go out with a win!”
Last year, Trent managed to get one over Uni of with a final score of 4 -2. Now it’s down to you students to come out in force and chant your team over the goal line. Watch the battle commence on Monday 20th February at the Capital FM Arena. Doors open at 6.30pm with the action starting at 7.45pm.
Team Roster: James Cantle, Ryan Kelly, Zandy Cleves (A), Tom Horne, Paul Moran (A), Jon Vincent, Ben Wood, James Wood, Max Bennett, Josh Brown, Reece Clarke, Rebecca Cooke, Marcus Eriksson, Charlie Gordon, Oliver Glover, Yan Hafner, Leo Herbert, James Hovell, Gareth O’Flaherty, Elliot Soward (C), Dan Taylor, Dean Toussaint, Will Weldon.