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Varsity rivalry as Johns take on James

Published: 02 February 2017

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2 women hockey players from YSJ

Much like the renowned varsity rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge, John’s v James will provide a fantastic opportunity for sports fans to cheer on opposing university teams during what promises to be an exciting one-day tournament. 

Taking place at York St John’s multi-million sports park on Haxby Road, a variety of James College sports clubs will compete against their York St John counterparts on 4 February.

York St John’s new 57-acre sports site includes a 3G-pitch, four badminton courts, a sprint track, netball and tennis courts.  The range of sports being played at the Varsity fixture includes rugby union, hockey and badminton, as well as three netball teams and two football teams, providing plenty of opportunities for either team to take home the title.

James College has an enviable reputation for sporting excellence, making them worthy opponents for the York St John teams, but York St John Students’ Union President Laurie Illingworth thinks his side has the edge.

“We’re in it to win it at York St John, but for anyone who’s ever wondered which university has the best sports teams, now’s your chance to find out. It’s going to be an historic occasion – bring it on!”

John’s v James Varsity is officially sponsored by Red Bull and Domino’s Pizza and the full day of fixtures is open to the public from 12 noon on Saturday 4 February at the Haxby Road Sports Centre.

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