Canterbury Varsity Round Up: Day 6 – Football, Hockey and Tennis

By Dan Bichener, Matthew Hills and Tom Schwartz.


Today was the busiest day for Canterbury Varsity 2019 with hockey, football and tennis competing for the well sought after Varsity champion title.

If you want to have an in-depth catch up of today, check out the live blog for Hockey & Football and Tennis

Men’s Hockey 2’s 

The men’s hockey 2s put a proper shift in today, but ultimately lost 2-1. Kent score the first, knocking a tap-in in from a yard out.

Action shot: Johnny Amos with the muscles!

CCCU responded well, scoring a great short corner flick from Alfie Tedder.

Christ Church then came close to a second, with Alfie hitting the post, before UKC countered and scored their second from yet another short corner.

Post match interview with Hockey 2’s team captain:

Men’s Hockey 1’s 

The men’s hockey 1s also lost, but put on a valiant show.

A few yellow cards came up in the game & some action from earlier:

CCCUs Ben Martin scrambled a goal in within a matter of minutes of kick off.

But Kent then scored three in a row, winning the match.

Post match interview with Hockey 1’s team captain:

Men’s Football 4’s

CCCU’s 4s started brightly in the football, scoring an early goal and coming close to a second.

But it was all downhill from there, with Kent scoring the next four in the first half, with a fifth goal ruled offside.

Moment when Kent messed up a free kick: 

The second half was scrappy from the get-go, with both teams struggling to stay on the ball for long.

CCCU were the first to settle down, and began to dominate possession. But celebrations from their second goal were cut short when Kent scored their fifth and final goal of the match, winning 5-2.

Team captain gives his thoughts:

Women’s Hockey 2’s 

Women’s hockey 2s was won convincingly by UKC. They took an early lead and never looked like giving it up and continuously outplayed C4, who never stopped running.

Action video from earlier:

UKC played well and ran the game from start to finish. A game of few chances for C4 but plenty the can be proud of their effort today.

Women hockey 2’s captain speaks to us about how their game went:

Men’s Football 3’s

CCCU men’s football 3’s were unlucky after they lost on penalties to UKC. The boys started the game well but Kent somehow scored from a corner to make it 1-0. The response was excellent and CCCU scored to make it 1-1.

Action shot!

Thinking they would be going into half time drawing, Kent scored with seconds to go before the interval, going in with a 2-1 lead. The second half was so much better from CCCU and they had many chances to make it 2-2, which they finally did not long before the end.

Fantastic save:

A penalty shootout followed with some great saves made early on before it going to sudden death.

At 5-5 in the shootout CCCU hit one over the crossbar before Kent scored to win. It was so unfortunate for the boys who played well all game.

One of the penalties:

Here’s the post match interview with their proud captain:

Women’s Hockey 1’s

Women’s hockey 1s was a close game from start to finish. UKC took an early lead and looked to be taking control but C4 fought hard and could have been level, but for several missed opportunities.

A glorious moment for our girls:

UKC doubled their lead early in the second half but C4 kept fighting and got a goal back with 10 minutes left, and could have equalised when they had a goal ruled out. A hard fought game the deserved to be a draw.

Here’s what our team captains thought:

Men’s Football 2’s

CCCU men’s football 2’s secured a fantastic win on penalties after a tight game. The first half ended 0-0 with nothing to really report on with both teams having little chances.

A goal for Christ Church:

The second half started fast a Kent scored a fantastic header to give them the lead. CCCU equalised a little while later and the game ended 1-1.

A penalty shootout followed and with Kent already winning two shootouts already this Varsity, you can imagine they were feeling confident. At 4-4 a Kent player thumped his penalty against the crossbar and the CCCU keeper stepped up. He calmly slotted the ball home and won it for CCCU!

Crazy celebrations followed in what was a fantastic result after a disappointing day.

The glorious moment:


Full reports of the score are yet to be confirmed – come back soon!

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Claisse Opulencia

Editor-in-Chief of Unified. Claisse is a third year multimedia journalism student at CCCU. Amnesty Media Award Finalist 2018, IRN Awards Runner-up 2018 and nominated for two SPA Awards 2018.

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