Why Southampton is better than Portsmouth…
It is a long standing tradition for neighbouring universities to hold a large sporting event once a year known as a varsity competition in a bid to prove the superior sporting university.
SUSU used to have a long standing competition with Southampton Solent, but after many years of us continually coming out on top we decided that we perhaps needed a slightly more challenging opponent (after all what’s the glory in winning a trophy that you didn’t even have to work for).
In 2009 we challenged Portsmouth to come to Southampton to show us what they had to offer. Although more of a challenge they were still comfortably defeated, and every year since they have tried again, but despite always putting in a brave effort have always been sent home at the end of the day with their tails between their legs.
I am now glad to officially announce that in our varsity’s 5th year we will be taking the fight to Portsmouth for the first time in the event’s history. Using the amazing facilities of the Royal Navy School of Physical Training at HMS Temeraire which include glass backed squash courts with viewing galleries, and water based synthetic hockey pitches as used for international competitions. On top of all this the site is only a stone’s throw away from the Portsmouth union’s (UPSU) bars.
The event will be held on the 17th of March which will serve as a perfect round up of two amazing terms of sport that have seen our Stags American football team currently leading their league with wins in every game, our men’s table tennis team in a similar position, and countless other teams leading or challenging for the top spot in their respective competitions.
We are currently working on finalising the fixtures list, getting all of the transport and merchandise sorted, and making sure we have the best official varsity after party that Southampton has ever seen!
If you have any suggestions on how we can make the event even better please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title ‘varsity suggestions’, and like this blog if you think we are going to smash Pompey this year!
Dean Giant x