University of Sheffield 6-5 Sheffield Hallam University
When entering the clubhouse after the morning session, University of Sheffield would have dreamt of a better start to the Varsity fixture.
Hallam, leading 3-1, went into the afternoon singles in positive spirits to maintain the marginal lead they had created.
However, University of Sheffield led by captain Hannah Holden hoped for what would be a heroic comeback, such as the magic of Varsity can provide.
Needing to win five and halve one of the remaining eight matches, after all singles had come through the seventh hole, both Uni and Hallam were up in four.
The strong pairing of Alex Bacon and Joseph Bates communicated and complimented each other perfectly throughout their rounds and held control of what was a crucial middle set of matches.
Graham Sutcliffe and Ben Jennings had the difficult challenge of the final two singles matches, knowing that their games may have influenced who would take the Varsity point.
Jennings, who found himself four down after seven holes, left the eleventh green only one down after an excellent stretch of holes at the end of the front nine, and demonstrated the resolve of the University of Sheffield team.
Entering the back nine, matches began to finish early and Uni’s determination started to reflect on the score, with captain Hannah Holden leading the way and earning the first point from the singles.
The final pairings continued to fall into the picture of being decisive in what would be a dramatic comeback for the University of Sheffield.
And that comeback would be complete when on the final hole the score was decided 6-5 to University of Sheffield, and they would take the Varsity point for the second year running.