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St John students too good for Teesside varsity rivals
10:53am Saturday 13th October 2012 in Sport
York St John University has won its first home varsity contest against Teesside, 21-8.
The event saw more than 700 students compete in 14 different sports including men’s rugby union where St John triumphed 53-0. Other highlights included a 3-0 win in mixed volleyball, a 6-0 win for the men’s hockey team and victory in both the men’s and women’s rowing events.
York St John and Teesside have been competing in the North Yorkshire Varsity competition for over five years, but this was the first time it was staged in York thanks to the university’s new sports facilities at Mille Crux – now called Nestlé Rowntree Park – on Haxby Road, which enable multiple matches to take place at the same time.
Adam McSkimming, York St John Students’ Union president, said: “It was a fantastic day for students playing and supporting the teams. Everyone felt a real sense of home pride, and to win 21-8 is amazing.
“Everyone is looking forward to being involved in, and hopefully winning, many more sporting events at our new facilities. I’d like to thank all the student volunteers that helped make the event such a success.”
The varsity event took place at six venues around York including the York St John sports halls, all-weather pitch and the new facilities at Mille Crux. Venues were also provided by Red Goat Climbing Centre and David Lloyd, and the River Ouse was used for the rowing events.