WEST LONDON VARSITY: Top 5 influential moments of the day
What a day it was! St. Mary’s came so close to defending their West London Varsity title yesterday but were pipped to the post by Brunel 18-17 on home soil. Sports Gazette was at the very heart of the action, so now we bring you the turning points in the day.
Women’s Futsal: An early goal-fest
Simmies didn’t have the best start to the day with losses in the men’s cricket 2nd and men’s badminton but were level through men’s cricket 1st and women’s badminton wins.
With Varsity all square, the crowds gathered at 10:30 for the women’s futsal. And they were given a treat!
Football has provided us with some high-scoring matches this season- 5-4 to Swansea against Crystal Palace and Barcelona’s glorious 6-1 Champions League win over PSG spring to mind.
But at half-time in women’s futsal, it was 14-0 to Simmies. Goals aplenty flew in from all angles as the girls stormed to a 19-1 victory.
This result gave St. Mary’s the lead, lifting the spirits of the travelling fans who now believed ‘we can do this’!
Men’s Hockey: One chance, one shot
Up to the 2pm kick-off, a lot of results had swung heavily in either Brunel or St. Mary’s favour.
But when it came to the men’s hockey, there was nothing to choose between the teams.
Having taken a 1-0 lead at half-time, Simmies let the discipline slip as they conceded an equaliser and had a man sent to the sin-bin.
Despite this, St. Mary’s held on to make it 1-1 at full time. But this will not do in Varsity- it had to go to penalties!
Whilst the crowd struggled to keep it together, St. Mary’s held their nerve to take the win. The crowds cheered, and St. Mary’s took the lead again.The pressure had mounted- the time to decide the title had come!”
Cheerleading: When reality hits
This was the fixture that handed St. Mary’s the overall victory last year, and it was almost as influential this year.
Whilst there were queues to get into the Netball Hall, the media hub had all eyes on the live broadcast!
St. Mary’s Scorpions produced an amazing show but the judges felt Brunel’s greater variety of flips and movements sealed their win.
This took the score to 15-16 in St. Mary’s favour. There were only four fixtures left at this point- basketball, women’s volleyball, women’s rugby union and men’s football 1st… all of which Simmies were expected to lose.
The pressure had mounted- the time to decide the title had come!
Women’s rugby union: The sweetest of comebacks
Who doesn’t love a comeback story?
Everyone had written St. Mary’s off in this fixture, after a dire season and facing opposition climbing up the BUCS system.
It wasn’t looking pretty at half-time, with the host 17-5 ahead.
But something changed- it was one of those ‘locker room motivation’ mysteries that can only be fantasised about.
St. Mary’s came out and put 31 points past a shocked Brunel, taking the day 36-17!
At this point, it became 16-17 but, with Brunel dominating the basketball, it was really 17-17. It all came down to one fixture…
Men’s football 1st: The narrowest of margins
It’s fitting this fixture took place on Brunel’s Centre Pitch as this was where West London Varsity centred at the end of the day!
Brunel, who had gained form coming into this fixture, had put two goals past St. Mary’s before the hour.
But then a goal came for Simmies and the hope of victory was reignited.
It just needed that extra push which, unfortunately, did not come, despite false reports of an equaliser!
2-1 was the final result, and that was that. St. Mary’s had come so close to retaining their title but lost out by the narrowest of margins.
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If you want to relive the day in more detail, check out our as it happened piece!