Varsity Dodgeball 2015: Match Report

Despite a great crowd and with every rival hit forced by the NTU team igniting huge cheers, Nottingham Trent lost 13 – 1 to a powerful University of Nottingham side in the third Varsity event of the series. Joshua Hall reports.

By NTU student Joshua Hall

Despite a great crowd and with every rival hit forced by the NTU team igniting huge cheers, Nottingham Trent lost 13 – 1 to a powerful University of Nottingham side in the third Varsity event of the series.

The NTU team showed a promising start, with the first player to be knocked out being that of their opponents. They continued strong, showing relentless attack, but after losing four players, NTU were left with just Jenny Hodge to hopefully catch a ball and bring a player back in. Unfortunately, this was not the case and it ultimately left the NTU team trailing two points behind.

However, the next game showed NTU showing no sign of surrender. Despite a full three minutes of intense dodgeball, the University of Nottingham outnumbered the NTU side, winning by time.

The next game was a repeat of the first, as the Beeston side threw ball after ball into the home-side. Although players Ben Coole, Aaron Chandler and Jenny Hodge were giving it their all, it unfortunately led to the whole team being knocked out.

Six-points down, NTU still continued to show no signs of giving-in, as they pushed against their organised rivals. With Jenny Hodge, in the clutch, catching a ball, but then getting hit, it saw NTU unfortunately loose-out, forcing them another two points down.

The next game this time saw Ben Coole in the clutch, 6 on 1. But after masterfully bringing back two players into the game with two great catches, NTU still showed themselves as a strong, determined side. In an intense three minute game, NTU, despite their best efforts, only managed to earn a draw, with the game ending 3 on 3.

As the Beeston side pushed on against their rivals, claiming yet another win, it was all up to the last game for the NTU side to stop their rivals from claiming their game. However, it was all over too soon, and the University of Nottingham claimed another win in the varsity, beating NTU 13 – 1.

In an after-match interview with NTU dodgeballer Aaron Chandler, was asked him his thoughts on the game.

He said: "We've been training all year for it, and we knew it was going to be a tough game as we've never beaten Uni Of in the varsity series. I think it's getting better; we came in with a game-plan to control the intensity of the game. Unfortunately they got it and we made silly mistakes when it mattered."

Looking forward to next year Aaron said: "For next year we'll probably just learn the game a bit more, get more drilled as a squad and just make sure we take control of the ball. We'll try and play our intensity rather than letting the opposition take theirs."

 

Varsity Dodgeball 2015: Match Report

Published on 30 April 2015
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