Notts Varsity - Sunday round-up: Netball and Water Polo

The latest round of fixtures in the 2017 Notts Varsity series took place over the weekend.

Sunday 7 May – Netball. FT: NTU 27 – 55 UoN

After a very tightly contested first week of Varsity, anticipation was building to get week two underway. With the series score at 4-5 before the start of play yesterday, both universities were well aware of the importance of every single point.

Having played each other three times already this year, with two wins for NTU, and one for UoN, it was always going to be a close game.

UoN started the quicker of the two sides, but NTU managed to keep in touch with some crucial long shots. For most of the first quarter there was only one goal in it, but UoN pulled three clear to end the quarter at 9-12.

The second quarter was disappointing for NTU, as too many errors meant that UoN could increase their lead. Frustration started to set in, and the away team went into the half-time break nine goals to the good, 15-24.

With 30 minutes still to play, NTU were by no means out of this game, and were determined to claw it back. However, things weren’t going to plan on the court, and a few injuries meant that they couldn’t build any momentum on the scoreboard.

It was a disappointing second half from the girls in pink, who showed some excellent play down the court but were unable to sustain any pressure.

It was UoN who took home the first point of week two, with a final score of 27-55.

Saturday 7 May – Water Polo. FT: NTU 4 – 23 UoN.

A quick dash from Lee Westwood to the pool at David Ross Sports Village, just in time for the start of the Water Polo.
It has been a great year for NTU Water Polo, having won Midlands 2A and the Conference Cup. This means that they have been promoted, and will be competing in Midlands 1A next season.

Varsity was always going to be difficult, against a UoN side who came second in Midlands 1A this year, only losing out on goal difference. However, NTU were determined to put out a performance to be proud of.

It was a packed out poolside, with queues extending into the corridors and everyone eager to catch a glimpse of the action. The Trent Army was in full force, cheering the lads on.

Unsurprisingly it was UoN who got on the scoreboard first, showing their skill to take them into a 3-0 lead early on. However, a goal for NTU got the crowd going and the score was 1-3 after the first quarter.

The second quarter was similar to the first, with NTU showing signs of great play, just unable to convert it into goals. UoN on the other hand were clinical in attack, scoring on the break to make it 1-7 at half time.

NTU were clearly enjoying the occasion, and but for some fantastic saves from the UoN goal keeper, they would have scored plenty more. The lads in pink will be disappointed to have not kept the score closer in the final two quarters, but the experience of UoN shone through and the scoreboard kept ticking over.

A few goals in the final quarter were well deserved for NTU, but the game finished with a score of 23-4 to UoN.

NOTTS VARSITY SERIES 2017 (as it stands): NTU 4 – 7 UON

Notts Varsity - Sunday round-up: Netball and Water Polo

Published on 8 May 2017
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