The University of Sunderland have won the 2016 Tees-Wear Varsity in one of the closest contested competitions in recent history, as they beat Teesside University 13-12.
With over 12 hours of sport taking place across Sunderland and 25 fixtures taking place, Sunderland edged out their Teesside rivals by the narrowest of margins on home soil.
With Teesside winning last years Varsity a draw would have meant they would have retained the trophy, but it wasn’t to be as Sunderland’s Sports and Societies Assistant Megan Blair lifted the trophy which will now stay on Wearside.
The day started at 9am with the Archery in CitySpace which was won by Teesside 2047-1546, before the Equestrian started at Penshaw which Sunderland won.
Teesside won the men’s hockey match 2-0 while the women’s match ended in a 5-5 draw.
Sunderland opened up a lead after winning all three Netball fixtures but Teesside closed the gap with wins in both men’s and women’s rugby.
One of two main points of drama on the day was in the American Football fixture at Raich Carter. Sunderland appeared to take the point as they won 14-0, but the result later had to be scrubbed and a walkover awarded to Teesside as it turned out Sunderland had fielded an illegible player.
There was five football matches at Southern Areas with Sunderland winning the women’s match 5-0. Teesside’s men won the men’s 1st team and 3rd team fixtures while the 2nd team game ended in a draw.
In the final football match the game ended 2-0 to Sunderland in a game that ended up being shrouded in controversy. The game was played over 60 minutes, something Teesside later appealed against, but as it was agreed between both captains the point stood.
Sunderland took further points in the men’s badminton, rowing, snowsports, men’s tennis, trampolining and dance, with Teesside getting the win in the cheerleading competition.
As the games started to draw to a close Teesside were victorious in the mixed volleyball with a 3-1 win, and then took two further points by winning the women’s and men’s basketball games 61-29 and 98-35 respectively.
Despite the late fightback from Teesside, Sunderland had managed to secure enough points throughout the day to win the title and were crowned Tees-Wear Varsity champions 2016 with an overall win of 13-12.
For a full re-run of the day you can relive the action with our live blog from the day here.