Varsity 2016: UoN take 2-1 lead in series after first Super Wednesday

NTU battle UoN in the first varsity canoe polo. Photography Callum Baigrie.
NTU battle UoN in the first varsity canoe polo. Photography Callum Baigrie.

It was a disappointing day for those in the pink and blue of Trent as NTU lost the first ever Super Wednesday over at the University Park Campus, UoN.

Much has been made about the new Super Wednesday format as it showcases sports that would otherwise not be involved in the varsity series. Nine sports take place over the course of the day and the team with the most wins takes home that all important varsity point.

Unfortunately UoN clinched the day with a score of 8-1. Only NTU archery stopped our rivals at Uni Of from making it a clean sweep with a penalty shootout separating the two teams.

NTU golf managed to make an extraordinary comeback to force a playoff but UoN prevailed in a sudden death situation on the 18th hole. It’s the second year in a row that golf has boiled down to a playoff.

Elsewhere Super Wednesday saw the first ever canoe polo match between the two rivals, which was a marvelous spectacle despite the scoreline. Trent’s A Team put up a brave fight but it wasn’t to be and the team went down 9-5.

The men’s water polo followed shortly after and the Trent fans made their  loud presence known poolside.  NTU went down 4-1 in the first quarter and despite a very strong second period, it couldn’t help out our boys as they lost 15-6.

NTU and UoN line up for Water Polo photography Callum Baigrie
NTU and UoN line up for Water Polo photography Callum Baigrie

UoN then ran rampant in the fencing before UoN’s victory was finally cemented with a victory in the Tennis.

Trampolining did their best to liven things up with an impressive array of high flying moves but came up just short.

NTU dodge ball were also left disappointed after all three teams were beaten by their UoN counterparts.

The varsity series moves onto American Football at Lady Bay on Friday and NTU are yet to lose to the University of Nottingham, so get down and support our boys in pink.

James Bavin