University of Sheffield crowned 2019 Varsity champions at Sheffield Arena!

28 March 2019

There was a fantastic nine goal thriller at a sell-out Sheffield Arena last night in Varsity's ice hockey final. Hallam edged the amazing game winning 5-4. Hallam looked comfortable taking a 2–0 lead before the University of Sheffield came out fighting.

University of Sheffield managed to gain control and looked to have completed an astonishing comeback when they took a 3–2 lead. The University of Sheffield couldn't hold on to take their first ever ice hockey final win and Hallam managed to edge the game in the final six minutes winning 5–4.

Hallam won the event on the night but University of Sheffield had already been announced as winners of Varsity 2019.

University of Sheffield claimed the Varsity trophy for the seventh consecutive year! The final score of this year's competition was 45.5–32.5, with University being in the lead throughout the competition. University of Sheffield have now won 11 Varsity trophies to Sheffield Hallam's 10.

After lifting the trophy Sarah Morse, University of Sheffield Sports Officer said,

"It has been an absolute privilege to watch our Uni Of athletes and clubs contribute to this year's Varsity win over Hallam – I am so so proud of everyone involved playing, supporting and volunteering over the past couple weeks.

Despite this being the seventh consecutive year that the University of Sheffield have won, the endless hard work, commitment and passion that our students continuously show when competing for the Black and Gold family should never be underestimated.

On paper, this has been one of the toughest years for our players – we had absolutely no guarantee to win Varsity contrary to what some might think. So this year's win just emphasizes the credit and recognition that our amazing clubs deserve under such pressure on their shoulders.

I can't say thank you enough for making this year's Varsity event such a pleasure to be a part of and for allowing me to lift that trophy for the University of Sheffield once more.

Huge Black and Gold love to everyone and here's to next year!"

Harry Preston, Sports Officer at Sheffield Hallam said,

"I couldn't be more proud of everyone at Team Hallam. We've had some amazing results. Everyone has given it their all over the past two weeks and it has been an incredible Varsity series to be a part of and spectate.

We have some extremely talented people in sport at our University and Varsity is the best opportunity to showcase that to everyone.

We may not have won Varsity this year but we leave with our heads held high and determined to get that trophy back next year.

I'd also like to say congratulations to the University of Sheffield on winning Varsity this year. We share a mutual respect for each other's sporting capabilities and they had some great results this year. Thank you to everyone who has made these past two weeks so incredible!"

Thank you to all athletes that have competed in Varsity this year, the spectators that have attended this year's events to cheer on their institution, our sponsors and also to the staff and volunteers that made the event possible as well as Forge Media – our official media partners who have created some amazing coverage of Varsity.

If you would like to leave some feedback about Varsity events this year you can do so here.

Sheffield Varsity is the biggest university sporting event in Sheffield with over 15,000 spectators, over 70 fixtures in over 30 sports! This year has seen the first ever female Futsal match won by Sheffield Hallam along with new a women's two football fixture as well as athletics moving to EISS.

Varsity wants to ensure that sport is a welcome place for everyone. For those participating in sport, those attending sporting events, and for those working or volunteering in sports at any level. As part of this, this year athletes wore rainbow laces in support of LGBT+ athletes.

Every year we use Varsity as a platform to raise money for a chosen charity, and aim to spread its awareness across Sheffield. This year, we have worked alongside Roundabout and Sheffield Mind to raise over £750 for the charities.

Photo Credit – Juliet Cookson, Forge Press