Going into the game, it was always hard to call who the winner might be, with both sides putting in strong showings across the season, and each having won one of the last two Varsity meetings. The game did not disappoint, with a tight, low-scoring thriller developing to keep both sides feeling the pressure.
Hallam took the first point, making good use of their height advantage to go over the top of Sheffield’s zone and wall. Uni did not let this get to them, however, and bounced straight back to take a 2-1 lead, relying on the movement of their handlers, Charis Lestrange, Fran Flynn, and Kat Murray, before feeding to their tall receivers, Lucy Hennessy and Zarah Dixon.
From there though, Hallam took control of the game. Throwing a lot of hammers and blades, they took out the front line of Sheffield’s zone with consummate ease, going straight over their heads and demonstrating considerable ability in the air to bring down a lot of discs. Sheffield began to panic a little, attempting to beat Hallam’s zone by targeting the endzone, but with Hallam’s height, this was a futile tactic. Hallam racked up five points in succession, taking a 6-2 lead, leaving Sheffield with too much to do in too little time.
Despite Hennessy’s strong grab from a Murray knife in the dying seconds, Hallam ran out comfortable 6-3 winners, taking the Varsity point with it, amid jubilant scenes at Goodwin.