After an emphatic comeback and a varsity series win last year, the University of Gloucestershire will be looking to continue their success against fierce rivals Worcester university in the 2018 competition. With the planning of the fixtures and the selecting of facilities occurring in Worcester this Friday. We look ahead to the competition and take a look back on what was one of the best comeback’s of 2017.
After winning just one event on the first day of last years’ series, more commonly known as “Worcester Wednesday”, Gloucestershire University came back from 8-1 down to win 14-10 overall. This was the first win for Gloucestershire in 4 years so the victory was felt all across the university. With many of the victories for Gloucester coming late into the series, it was such a triumph over the finals days to watch the scores get closer and closer and for UoG to finally overtake Worcester.
These talks on Friday will determine where each sport will be played, the date of the competition and most importantly the sports that will be competing at varsity. Last year 24 sports were played but at UoG there are 35 teams in total so it will be interesting to monitor how these talks develop and who will be featured.
Looking ahead to 2018 and the future of Varsity and sport at UoG, with the new sports complex and state of the art sports arena all being developed at Oxstalls campus, things can only get better within the development and training of athletes and students at the University. With countless sports scholarships and coaching links being established with Hartpury college and Gloucester rugby, the University looks set to put in a real chance of winning next years’ series and the series to come.
I caught up with Alex Burnett, the sports office for UoG to ask his thoughts on this years competition, interview below.