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WEST LONDON VARSITY PREVIEW: The best of the rest

Published: 28 Mar 2017

Whilst football and basketball are the high ticket items of the West London Varsity on Wednesday 29th March, there's so much more going on too! Sports Gazette takes a look at those sports you may have missed...

BADMINTON- Smash-ing times ahead for St Mary’s Women’s Badminton team

Kamakshi Patel

The men’s and women’s badminton teams will display their talent with the racket in Brunel’s Netball Hall starting at 8.30am.

The St. Mary's women’s 1st team are looking strong after becoming champions of the BUCS South Eastern 2A division last week.

They won their last match 5-3 against University of Chichester women’s 1sts on the 22nd of March.

After winning their home game, St. Mary’s Women’s 1st team finished at the top with 24 points. They played 10 matches, securing seven wins and three draws.

(Credit: BUCS)

While the women’s team are impressive, the men’s team need to pull their act together after a below average outing in the BUCS South Eastern 4A division, scraping survival by three points.

They ended their last match on a positive note by winning 7-1 against Roehampton University.

St. Mary’s played 10 matches with only one victory, eight losses and a draw to their name.

Badminton men's and women's, 8:30am, Netball Hall

VOLLEYBALL: St Mary’s women looking to get the job done at Brunel

Kamakshi Patel

‘If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman’

Margaret Thatcher’s words seem to be taken seriously by the St. Mary’s Volleyball Women’s 1st team.

The team has been on a winning streak in the BUCS South Eastern 2A division.

They will want to take this momentum into the West London Varsity 2017 as they commence their game at 2pm in Brunel’s Sports Hall.

They posted a comfortable 3-1 win in their previous BUCS match against Kingston University Women’s 1sts.

The team has been on top of their game as they finished in second position with 18 points, winning six out of their ten matches.

The St. Mary’s men’s 1st team meanwhile finished in fifth position in the BUCS South Eastern 3A table after registering only one victory out of their eight games.

In fact, the team has had only one victory since February 2016. This win was awarded to them in the form of a walkover as the opponents failed to field a team.

The team will look to turn the tables and register a win in the West London Varsity 2017 Men’s event beginning at 12 pm in the Sports Hall.

Volleyball men's, 4pm, Sports Hall

Volleyball women's, 6pm, Sports Hall

ULTIMATE: St. Mary's look to salvage poor season with Varsity win

Guy Giles

St. Mary’s Ultimate team come into Varsity this year on the back of an underwhelming season, lying 5th in the BUCS South Eastern 1A, and will look to bounce back against rivals Brunel.

The team gained promotion from South Eastern 1B last year, winning five out of six to pip Reading on goal difference, but have found life tough this year against higher calibre opposition.

St. Mary’s have won only one match this season, overcoming the University of Surrey 15-4 on the 15th of February.

However, that match was their most recent fixture, and may bode well for the match-up against Brunel at Varsity.

Their opponents lie two leagues below them in South Eastern 2B but have had an impressive season, pushing for promotion with four wins from five.

They are also coming off a victory, having overcome Kent 12-11 in a tight encounter on the 8th of March, and will be looking for a giant-killing against their arch rivals.

Men's Ultimate, 11am, Site 5

Women's Ultimate, 1pm, Site 5

LACROSSE: Tough game looms for St. Mary's against dangerous Brunel

Guy Giles

One of St. Mary’s newest sports clubs, lacrosse, will face a tough test against rivals Brunel at the West London Varsity on Wednesday.

Lacrosse is one of the very few mixed events at Varsity, and takes place on Site 5 at 2pm.

St. Mary’s lacrosse was only formed last year, but is making some good progress. The club has a mixed side playing in the London University Sports League, with a newly formed women’s team now playing in BUCS competition.

The women’s team have had a solid first BUCS season, lying in 4th in South Eastern 2B with three wins from seven, and making the quarter-finals of the cup.

However, the club will most certainly be up against it at Varsity, with rivals Brunel fielding both a men’s and women’s team in BUCS competition.

Both of Brunel’s sides ply their trade in South Eastern 1A, a league higher than St. Mary’s women.

To add to the challenge facing St. Mary’s, Brunel’s women have stormed their league this year to gain promotion easily, winning nine from ten and amassing an incredible goal difference of 138.

The men’s side have had an underwhelming season in comparison, winning only two games all season, but this does not take away from the task at hand for St. Mary’s as they look to claim a famous West London Varsity win.

Mixed lacrosse, 2pm, Site 5

You want more? Well here's some West London Varsity match-ups with Olympic connections

Warren Muggleton

If the thrills of Ultimate (who wouldn't watch a sport called that?!) then fear not- there's still more!

Fancy watching a Boat Race? Well we can offer that and you don't even need to get wet! Brunel and St. Mary's will be facing off in rowing as they take to the rowing machines.

They will have a team of rowers who alternate on the rowing machine after completing a certain amount of metres. St. Mary's produced rowing legend Mo Sbihi and will have confidence going into this match-up.

So, if you fancy watching lycra-clad people shouting at each other to go faster, head to the Indoor Athletics Centre (IAC) for 12pm.

Or maybe you fancy watching a sport where the action happens at pace? If this is your cup of tea, wheelchair basketball is for you!

This is a sport which combines aggression with accuracy as each team tries to find the hoop to end with the most points. This was a hit at the Paralympic Games in Rio last summer and you can get your taste of the action in the Sports Hall at 3pm.

Finally, fancy a bit of traditional sport... and when we say traditional, we mean medieval! If so, you can watch St. Mary's and Brunel fight it out at fencing.

Last year, St. Mary's produced fencer Leonora MacKinnon, who went on to represent Canada at the Rio Olympics last summer.

Normal rules will apply, so it's helmets on and up to the piste. Catch the action in the Exercise Studio at 1pm.

If you can't make it, we'll be bringing Varsity to you with our live blog on the day! Check out the Sports Gazette for the latest on Varsity!

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