University of Bedfordshire restore Varsity Series lead against Northampton

Bedfordshire Bulls mascot ahead of Varsity match against University of Northampton in April 2023
The Bedfordshire Bulls mascot overseeing UoB's 7-4 Varsity victory (Image: University of Bedfordshire)

The University of Bedfordshire have re-taken the lead in their Varsity Series against the University of Northampton as they ran out 7-4 winners across eleven sporting events throughout March.

The annual event kicked off on 24th March with the University of Bedfordshire claiming the first scalp in the swimming category, before ten other sports took to the field including football, hockey, archery and rugby.

29th March saw the University of Northampton descend on Bedford’s Newnham Avenue campus to cheer on their teams as they faced the Bedfordshire side in a friendly volleyball game; an event that wouldn’t count towards the final scores.

A spokesperson from the Bulls Women’s volleyball team was in great spirits after the game.

“It was a great event! Everyone was involved and tried their hardest. It was the first time for the last year that our volleyball squad has played in a proper match as we are still a development team.

“However – looking at how much we’ve improved – it gives us the confidence that we are ready to enter the BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) league in September.

“We are excited for volleyball to make a come-back at our University. It’s been few years without it, so we’re excited to show everyone what we can do!”

The University of Bedfordshire Varsity hockey team in a pre-game huddle before facing Northampton...
The Varsity hockey team in a pre-game huddle before beating Northampton… (Image: University of Bedfordshire)

A triumph in the archery saw the Bulls take a 2-0 lead, but University of Northamptonshire fought back with victory in the first Men’s football match after a dramatic penalty shoot out followed by wins in netball, basketball and rugby as the visitors surged into a lead.

However, the Bulls fought back with a penalty shoot out victory of their own in the Women’s football, with a Bulls player delighted with their performance, especially from the goalkeeper.

“We won! What an eventful game, including two great saves from our goalkeeper. What a great way to end the football season for this year – we’re so proud of all our girls!”

Late indoor surge gives the Bulls the title

It was over in the indoor arena where Bedfordshire came into their own, with stunning lifts, stunts and flips impressing the judging panel in the cheerleading competition with further wins in the hockey fixtures.

There was also another nail-biting football finish as a late penalty gave the Bulls a victory in the Men’s game to lift University of Bedfordshire to the Varsity title with a 7-4 victory.

The win was the first Varsity victory for the Bulls since 2019 and the series now sits at 2–1 to the University of Bedfordshire.

Sport and Wellbeing Manager, Daniel Larkin said, “We are so proud of our teams – they’ve all worked so hard. It was a great turnout and a fantastic atmosphere.

“The buzz on campus was brilliant and bringing the trophy home as Varsity champions was the icing on the cake.”

All in all, the event was a showcase of some wonderful sporting talent across both Universities, with the Student Union also commenting on the event.

“Kudos must be given to both sets of fans for creating such an atmosphere that any athlete would relish the chance to play under.”