Varsity 2018

Leeds Varsity is the annual inter-university sports Varsity between arch rivals University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University.

This Varsity calendar kick starts in January and finishes with the October finale which see’s over 50 fixtures take place across 25 sports all in one day, culminating with the Rugby Union finale held at Headingley Stadium with over 10,000 students cheering on their respective university! A unique spectacle not to be missed.

The 2018 Leeds Varsity series finished with the Men’s Rugby Union finale on October 3rd in which the University of Leeds team put in a sterling performance but were defeated by a physical, efficient Leeds Beckett side 51 – 5. However the University of Leeds were crowned overall champions for the first time ever with a final nail-biting score of 30 – 29 making it another one of the closest varsities ever.


Varsity 2018…

The 2018 series as it happened

  • University of Leeds 1-1 Leeds Beckett

    The Leeds Varsity series opener Cross Country, kick started our 2018 series in January whereby the University of Leeds Men took the first point of the series but it was the Leeds Beckett Women+ who were victorious taking the score to 1-1.

  • University of Leeds 1-2 Leeds Beckett

    Second in the series came American Football Varsity where we saw Leeds Beckett University dominate the fixture with an impressive 38-6 win.

  • University of Leeds 2-2 Leeds Beckett

    Next up came the T20 Cricket Varsity which saw our Men’s Cricket team take the win over Beckett down at fortress Weetwood.

  • University of Leeds 3-2 Leeds Beckett

    The final calendar event before our October finale saw the social leagues Varsity take place back in May. The two universities battled it out across a number of social sports with the University of Leeds dominating in the fixtures claiming the final varsity point before Octobers Finale.

  • University of Leeds 4-2 Leeds Beckett

    Varsity Netball, in to its second year, saw the Gryphon underdogs storm Beckett taking the win 48-41.

  • University of Leeds 4-4 Leeds Beckett

    Leeds Beckett Men & Women’s hockey first teams did the double again this year at our Hockey Varsity. Both games ended on penalty flicks despite early leads from our Gryphons.

  • University of Leeds 30 - 28 Leeds Beckett

    After a day of 50 + fixtures played across both the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett campus’ the scores going in to the Rugby Union finale were 30 – 28 securing the University of Leeds the win for the first time ever!

  • University of Leeds 30 - 29 Leeds Beckett

    It was always going to be a tough finale for the Gryphons playing against a strong Leeds Beckett side who play in the league above. They managed a single try and conversion but Beckett kept pulling away putting on an impressive 51-5 score to reclaim the Varsity Rugby Winners title.

What next?

With the 2018 series now complete,  the University of Leeds will be hoping to maintain their Victory going in to 2019. Following the past two years incredibly close results, the Gryphon’s are keen to take the title for the second time. Keep an eye out for information on the upcoming series, there’s plenty to get involved with.

Coming up…

What’s next in the Varsity calendar?

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