University rugby girls defeat their Marjon varsity rivals for the first time in 17 years
WHEN it comes to finishing last in the city's varsity rugby contest, University of Plymouth's women used to have a record second to none. Until now.
For the first time in 17 years, University defeated their arch-rivals University of St Mark and St John (Marjon) in a pulsating varsity contest at Brickfields.
"I don't remember our women ever beating Marjon while I've been here," said university spokesman Rob Gofton. "I'm told it's 17 years since we last beat them, but we've certainly got that monkey off our backs."
The annual clash between Marjon and Plymouth ended 27-15 in favour of the university's women and the celebrations didn't end there.
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Plymouth University men also beat their rivals from down the road, winning their match 23-11.
Even more satisfying for the university is that they are currently leading a table of varsity events between Marjon and Plymouth 16-6.
The two institutions stage a series of sporting events each year in aid of charity.
Plymouth University are supporting The Chestnut Appeal, which is to raise awareness and provide treatment for prostate cancer in Devon, Cornwall and the South West.
University of St Mark and St John will again be supporting the Motor Neurone Disease Association in tribute to ex-student and former chairman of OPMs RFC Simon Adams, who passed away last year after a long battle with the condition.
Last year, more than £14,000 was raised and the organising committee are hoping to top that amount this year.