Journalism student gears up for Varsity

By Ross Barnett

As Varsity approaches for DMU, one Journalism undergraduate student and American Footballer will be hoping to make an impact for DMU Falcons this Sunday (March 19).

DMU FALCONS

DMU Falcons scrum down against league leaders, the University of Leicester as part of their Varsity campaign.

Sitting in 7th position in the league table, the Falcons are firm underdogs, particularly as they succumbed to a 22-0 defeat the last time the sides met at Stoughton Road playing fields on November 27th last year.

Falcons’ wide receiver, Tyler Arthur, believes that the underdog tag will serve the side well: “We are underdogs based on the season but we are very determined and have good form after our last game of the season.

“We feel confident that we will give them a good game.”

Describing the fixture as their equivalent to the Super Bowl, the Falcons will be hoping to emulate the New England Patriots, as they upset all the odds to come from 28-3 down with 2:07 left in the third quarter against Atlanta Falcons to score 31 unanswered points and claim the coveted trophy.

Tyler said: “The preparation is extra intense, and the game will be hugely important to both teams. We even have an extra training session this week!”

He also believes that how they approach the match is paramount to success: “We have undergone a drinking ban for weeks before the game and we have traded usual socials for a team meal and some Madden to keep us in the mind-set for football.

“I will personally eat lots of carbohydrates, drink lots of water and play lots of Madden.

“When training for this game, we’ve had classroom sessions to prepare a game plan and be ready for the game.”

The Falcons previously faced Manchester Metropolitan on February 26th and recorded a resounding 38-0 victory which Tyler believes will give them confidence once they don their jerseys on Sunday morning:

“That has shown us our strengths, and now we can use them and adapt them for Varsity, where our opponents are much more physical,” he said.

“We’ve been training extremely hard and we’re ready for a fight.”

See Tyler and his team mates take on UoL on Sunday, March 19th, in Stoughton Playing Fields. Kick off 12pm.

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