UoL sharpshooter puts on scoring clinic in convincing Varsity netball win

by Ada White

The De Montfort University (DMU) netball team took on Varsity rivals University of Leicester (UoL) and despite a valiant effort were beaten in a hard fought and entertaining game.

Katie Littlewood, 22, holding all three netball trophies

Goal attack and UoL captain Katie Littlewood, 22, a third year Criminology student, led the team in scoring and seemed to have an inability to miss at times, only failing to convert on four shots all game, putting up more than 30 of their 59 points with poise and finesse.

Littlewood began playing netball at the age of 11 and formerly played at regional level, with her experience showing on the court and making it clear why she was made captain.

The rest of the team played terrific offence and defence, moving the ball around quickly as a well-drilled unit, showing the results of clear extensive training.

This game was a part of the week-long Varsity competitions which have returned after two years’ absence due to Covid and the crowd loved every minute of it, cheering both their teams on and showing great support.

It is clear that this was a well missed part of the university calendar and students are glad to see it back.

The UoL half of the crowd erupted into cheers when the final whistle sounded and celebrated with the players as the team lifted the trophy.

This game completed the team’s three wins out of the three games and showed just how dominant they had been in the series of games.

Littlewood expressed pride in her team after the win and said: “It’s a nice way to finish the year.”

Varsity games in many different sports will continue until today (TUE,MARCH29) – details and fixture times and venues can be found on the DMU website.

DMU victorious over UoL in League of Legends Varsity match

By Ethan Gardner

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Team DMU defeated Team UoL 2-0 in a League of Legends competition as part of the Varsity Games in Leicester, powered by ESL.

All production and broadcast positions on the day were ran by students aspiring in these fields.

Two teams from De Montfort as well as Univeristy of Leicester battled to represent their University in the grand final, which DMU underdogs “Phil Brown’s boys” went on to win.

“It is always nice to see a good underdog story especially in Leicester, the team played very strong and fully deserved the victory,” said Shoutcaster Greg Cartwright.

The competition opened with a heated match, where CTC had the edge over UoL Tigers. This caused great reactions from the crowd and especially Shoutcaster Max Lonsdale, a Media and Communications student who is passionate about pursuing a career in commentary.

Phil Brown’s Boys, comprised of LAK4, ADC Blargian, jungler Kanzashi, obrowniie and Geeeeeeeeeeeeeee, outperform their DMU companions, DMU Telecom T1, in their first match before overcoming the odds to be crowned champions.

Commentator Cameron said before the game: “In my opinion a stomping victory for UOL, but who knows.”

The stream peaked at 1,700 current viewers and also appeared on the feature page of Twitch.tv

Lewis of team DMU seemed confident in an interview after the game: “We are the best, we’ve wanted this for weeks and we’re really happy to have won,” he said.

To watch the games visit thevarsitygames twitch page.

Demon Media have released their Varsity 2016 issue of ‘The Demon’

 

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By Mollie Mansfield

Students from De Montfort University’s student media outlet, Demon Media, have released their Varsity issue of the magazine today.

This issue of the magazine includes the official fixtures for the university’s 2016 Varsity matches and interviews from the teams.

Editor of The Demon, Emily Frost, said: “I feel relieved and very proud of the team. This was a difficult issue as you have to condense a lot of information while making sure that the teams have a reason to pick it up and have a read. It was tiring, but hopefully worthwhile!”

The Demon team had to work through the issue without the full help of Sports Editor, Shawnee Linstead, who had to step down from her position in order to campaign to be the university’s Vice President Media & Communications.

Emily said: “It was definitely a tricky situation to sort out as not only did she have to step down, but also a lot of preparation goes into a campaign so she needed to do that.”

“We also had the same issue with George Bushell who is the Demon Media sports coordinator as he was supporting the issue as part of his role, but has now stepped down to run in the elections.”

The Varsity issue is an important one for the student media outlet, as it creates the biggest readership, alongside February’s Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival issue.

Emily added: “People can expect to see lots of sports basically! So that includes fixture dates, match reports, a Netfest article, as well as content from each of the sections that is sports themed.

“Oh and of course lots of photos so hopefully the teams can spot themselves throughout the issue!”

The Varsity issue of The Demon is out today, and will be out for the following two weeks, up until Easter.