The University of Sussex sports teams were victorious in the 15th annual Varsity competition against local rivals, University of Brighton, on Wednesday.
In total, nineteen fixtures took place, with the ultimate frisbee opening proceedings at midday and men’s basketball closing the 2014 competition at5pm.
Sussex begun as they intended to carry on; a resounding 15-2 victory in the ultimate frisbee up by the University of Brighton Falmer gym put Sussex ahead from the very beginning.
Three hundred yards away, over on the football pitches, the Panthers were the victors in the men’s football, winning 4-3 in a penalty shootout having played out a 0-0 draw in ninety minutes. Despite winning the shootout, Varsity rules do not include the sudden-death penalties, and so the win was unofficial and counted as a half point for either side.
Sussex were quick to gain an early lead with a 5-3 victory in the men’s badminton, a narrow 37-33 win in the women’s netball and took the points from both the men and women’s tennis matches.
Brighton did manage to pull themselves back into contention with victories in the men’s hockey, women’s football and a thumping 35-0 win for Tsunami on the ATP, in the American Football. Touchdowns came from John Pride, Rak Dalal and Matt Coburn, with Matt Shaw also producing an impressive performance against the Sussex Saxons.
Brighton then pulled another point back with an equally emphatic victory in the men’s hockey, winning by five goals to one. Celebrations were short-lived, however, as a win for Sussex in the table tennis secured the Varsity trophy’s return to the Sussex campus, as the visitors put their overall score up to 10.5 to Brighton’s 4.5 with only six fixtures remaining in the day.
Sussex Students’ Union tweeted: ‘Congratulations to @Sussex Uni & @uniofbrighton participants & supporters for a great day #sussexvbrighton’.
As the Varsity trophy continues to travel across the A27, between the two Falmer campuses, Brighton will be looking to step up their performances for 2015 and look to return to the winning ways on 2013.
Written by Tom Roddy