The biggest sporting event of the university sports calendar is upon us again, and it hasn’t fail to entertain.
The annual competition between Canterbury Christ Church University (C4) and University of Kent (UKC) kicked off last Saturday (3rd) at Kingsmead Leisure Centre, and saw C4 take a 1-0 lead over their local rivals.
Going into Monday, traditionally the most important day of the event, Christchurch were 3-2 up, with the Rugby XV 1sts due to play that evening at Canterbury Rugby Football Club. However early afternoon, CRFC decided that with their own pending fixture on the 10th, they could not risk the pitch being torn up and so the fixture was postponed.
Due to appalling weather conditions throughout the week, many other fixtures, including the Mens Tennis and both Men’s and Women’s Hockey. Meaning both had to be rearranged.
Wednesday saw the busiest day of the week, with 12 matches due to be contested. There were C4 wins in Men’s Football 4ths and 2nds, Hockey 2nds and Rugby 3rds, as well as Women’s Netball 3rds. UKC took the glory in Men’s Football 3rds, and Rugby 2nds, whilst the women triumphed in Hockey, Netball and Tennis.
The Netball 4th had to wait until Thursday to contest their match, and once it again it was a closely fought match, with UKC just pipping C4 to win. Emotions were high on both sides after this fixtures, especially as they had had to wait an extra day to fight it out.
Unlike the result last year, the score was close going into the last few matches, with both sides wanting to prove they are the superior university. This event always brings out the true passion these sportsmen and women have for their clubs and is seen as the most important week of their sporting year. Emotions run high and some are even reduced to tears when the results do not go the way they had hoped.
With most games played and the score in UKC’s favour, the Rugby xv 1sts promised to be a very closely fought match, and it didn’t disappoint.
The final score was 20-15 to UKC, but both universities proved the rivalry is not over yet.