Varsity 2015: Trophy Heads Up North


FOR THE FIRST time since 2012, Varsity was held at Bangor University this year. With events split across North Wales and held both on Wednesday 15th and Saturday 18th of April, Bangor were the eventual winners, with 28 events to TimAber’s 11. Wednesday’s matches included Men’s Cricket, which was a draw as rain halted the fixture early, and Horseriding, which saw Bangor claim the win. In Bangor itself, the fixtures were played at three main locations, with the newly built Canolfan Brailsford the main hub for the day.

Men’s Hockey 2nds was the first fixture on Bangor’s newly laid astroturf surface, the game ending in a goalless draw but AUMHC 2nds winning on penalty flicks. Fixtures were crammed in between 11am and 5pm, with good wins from TimAber such as Netball 1sts, who trounced Bangor 46-20; Tarannau American Football, who with a depleted defensive team beat Bangor Muddogs 22-14 in overtime; and AU Waterpolo winning 22 – 0, their victory being played out at Llandudno Pool. The best atmosphere of the day was to be had at Brailsford’s Main Hall, where both basketball fixtures were held. A new hall, live DJs and a packed-out stand and viewing gallery saw Aberystwyth’s Men’s side win and Bangor’s women win afterwards.

Varsity 2015  came to a close at Bangor City F.C’s Bookpeople Stadium at Nantporth in front of a crowd of over 700 people as Aberystwyth University Football Club’s 1st team faced off against Bangor. With Malcolm Allen as a stadium announcer, the crowd was in good voice and made it a hostile place for the travelling TimAber. It was the home side who were victorious, penalties once again deciding the result after a heroic comeback from 2-0 down by Chris Warden’s men.