Plymouth University wins Varsity challenge against Marjon before series is completed
STUDENTS at Plymouth University vowed not to take their feet off the gas after winning their Varsity challenge against rivals Marjon.
Going into the last event of the week, Plymouth had an astonishing unassailable 24-8 lead well before this year's Varsity challenge ends.
The two universities clash for the last time next month, when they stage a series of football contests involving men's and women's teams.
But Plymouth spokesman David de-Beger said the fact his university had already won the Varsity event did not mean they would be holding back in the remaining contests.
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De-Beger said Plymouth team members still wanted to put in a good performance to ensure they get noticed for BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) teams.
He said: "I've never heard of us actually winning the event before it was over in all my time here.
"We've still got games ahead and while I think some of them have been celebrating, I think everybody will still be trying to win and keep going."
There was little sign of Plymouth's domination when they lost their first Varsity event, women's waterpolo, 9-6.
But they went on a run which saw them defeated just three times in the next 15 events.
Among their most noticeable successes were victories for both the men and women in rugby and a convincing 16-1 overall win in badminton.
Plymouth University will be supporting The Chestnut Appeal, which is to raise awareness and provide treatment for prostate cancer in Devon, Cornwall and South West.
Marjon will again be supporting the Motor Neurone Disease Association in tribute to ex-student Simon Adams, who passed away last year after a long battle with MND.
Last year, more than £14,000 was raised and the organising committee hope to top that this time.