Varsity Round-Up

On Wednesday 27 March, we took 440 competitors, 151 spectators and a team of dedicated staff to Surrey for the third annual Royal Holloway v Surrey Varsity. Our motto was #ComingBackStronger and it's safe to say we certainly did that!

I was absolutely astounded to see the support groups showed each other, not only within their own sport but across the board. From Volleyball to Ballroom, to Pole Fitness, to Ultimate Frisbee, everyone put their heart and soul into their fixtures and Holly and I are so proud of every single group.

We witnessed some shock results which had Surrey truly rattled. Women’s and Men’s Volleyball both showed extraordinary passion and quality to defeat their Surrey counterparts, with both victories ending 3-1. The support for these fixtures was strong and it was great to see some of the American Football boys effectively become part of the coaching staff! One of our highlighted teams - Men’s Table Tennis - smashed Surrey 12-5 in a fast paced, exciting encounter. Speaking to the boys afterwards, they were chuffed to pieces and undoubtedly loved the Varsity experience.

Games Soc, a new fixture to Varsity, performed excellently and took away a 2-1 victory after eventually sorting through a technical issue. The setup for this was honestly incredible and the intelligence and diligence of the team was on full show for all to see. Witnessing the teamwork between the boys was awesome and I can’t wait to see the society grow in the future. Another society, Pole Fitness, performed excellently and elegantly on the squash courts at the beginning of the day. Some incredible routines from beginners and intermediates alike had the audience astounded. The 1-1 draw does not reflect the quality of the routines from the team who thought they did enough to grab the win.

Men’s Football provided crowds with one of the most entertaining fixtures of the day. After going 1-0 down in the first half, they battled hard to stay in the game until they equalised with time to spare. In an epic counter attack in the dying moments of the game, the boys snatched victory from Surrey and silenced the crowd. Congratulations on a fantastic 2-1 win. In an extremely even contest, our Netball girls overcame the odds to secure a phenomenal 30-27 win. The girls battled hard, pushing themselves to the limit with Coach of the Year Shelley Barker supporting them from the sideline. In the end, the Holloway girls proved their quality and brought home the ‘W’.

Men’s Fencing earned a narrow victory in the upstairs studio whilst Dance Society performed beautifully, showing their technical skill, timing and conceptual creations off to a large crowd to claim an impressive 3-1 win over Surrey. Well done to both teams who have worked extremely hard this year and Holly and I are so happy to see that the hard work you have put in has paid off at Varsity!

Obviously the mascot race drew a massive crowd and the competition was fierce between Colossus and Steve. After a big build up, the bear took an early lead which he maintained throughout the race, claiming a well-earned and easy victory. Well done Colossus! (It’s bloody hot in that suit).

The highlight of the day has to have been the Basketball club. Both the men’s and women’s teams battled extremely hard till the bitter ending, losing out by only the narrowest of margins. With the girls losing within the last two seconds and the boys fighting hard in the finale (in front of a huge crowd) but losing out 69-66, their skill and determination shone through. Watching these two teams closely throughout the year, we are extremely proud of their work, the unity they show as a club and the support for each other. They will come back even stronger next year I am sure. Thank you to everyone who supported the boys at the end in the finale, the atmosphere was absolutely on point.

A final shout out goes to Orbital, Insanity, and Rhubarb. The three media outlets were at Surrey from the early hours of the morning with the rest of the staff team, and their constant and consistent coverage of everything happening across Surrey Sports Park made sure that those at Surrey and at home felt a part of the action.

I speak for the entire staff team when I say that we are extremely proud of our clubs and societies who have been absolutely tremendous this year and it showed in Varsity. The support teams showed for each other was astounding and I honestly cannot describe how amazing it is to see, coming from someone who has been passionate about bringing clubs and societies together since before I started in this job. Thank you for making the event special for Holly and I and I can’t wait for next year already.


Dom Brown // Vice President Sport

Holly Hughes // Vice President Societies & Media