In the 2015 chapter of one of the most hotly contested sporting competitions of West London, it was Brunel University who came out victorious, beating St Mary’s, or the Simmies, thirteen point five to eleven point five.
First up was men’s cricket, played in the Sports Hall, and Brunel would bat first, putting ninety-nine runs on the board for St Mary’s to chase. St Mary’s put thirty-one runs up in the first four overs of their response, needing sixty-nine from the remaining six to win; things were looking tight for Brunel.
St Mary’s, however, kept the score ticking and were eventually victorious in the opening match of West London Varsity 2015. Men’s First Brunel Cricket Captain Ben Evans: "We had a slow start, in the end we were unlucky to lose."
Over in the Netball Hall, the Badminton had also started. Brunel Men were victorious in the singles and doubles competition, whilst the Women drew the doubles and won their singles competition, giving Brunel their first points towards the Varsity Trophy.
On the Tennis Courts, Brunel were similarly successful, with captain Charlie Clarke watching on from the sidelines as the home team claimed four men’s singles victories, with Jamie Doran in particular impressing with a 6-0, 6-0 win over his St Mary’s counterpart.
In the 1500m competition, St Mary’s enjoyed success with their athletes finishing first, second and sixth, with Brunel runners taking the third, fourth and sixth places. Brunel Football Men’s Third team were defeated by St Mary’s, three goals to one, bringing the overall score of West London Varsity so far to 4.5-2.5 in the Simmie’s favour.
However, Brunel Volleyball were helping to claw the score back, beating St Mary’s 3-0 to bring Brunel’s trophy count to 3.5, and following the overall draw in Men’s Athletics, the victories in the Doubles Tennis and the draw in the Futsal Seconds, the overall trophy count was now 5.5-5.5.
A Brunellian thrashing in the Ultimate Frisbee gave the home team a 14-3 win, as well as a similarly dominant display in the first team Futsal giving Brunel an 11-3 victory. Women’s Basketball made a successful start, ahead 9-6, though the Women’s Rugby Union fell 32-5, and the Women’s Football lost 8-1 to the away outfit.
St. Mary’s were also victorious in the Men’s Hockey, winning 3-2 after three St Mary’s players were sin binned, bringing the overall score 8.5-7.5 to St Mary’s. A Brunel win in the weightlifting levelled the scores at 8.5-8.5, and eventual victory at the Women’s Basketball, 58-27, put Brunel in the lead for the trophy.
A St Mary’s victory in the Men’s Football Seconds brought the scores level again, but a netball win, 67-12, for Brunel kept them ahead in the count, 10.5-9.5.
In the thrilling conclusion to the day’s events, a tense Men’s Basketball win of 80-68, a victory in the Rugby League and a last minute winner from Mohammed Hassan in the Men’s Football Firsts, making the score 4-3, secured West London Varsity 2015 for Brunel University, with an overall score of 13.5-12.5 as the last game of the day finishes with a victory to St Mary's in the Netball seconds, made irrelevant in terms of the trophy by Brunel's victory in the Men's 1sts football.