York University has beaten Lancaster to win the 2008 Roses Competition and retain the Carter-James Trophy in one of the closest tournaments in recent memory.
With only two matches of the tournament left, York achieved a 124-112 lead over their rivals, giving them an unassailable position. Despite a string of results going against York when only 9 points were needed for the win, the cruicial threshold of 124 was reached after the vital 2 points were secured with a draw in the Men’s Hockey 1sts match.
Victorious York AU President Jo Carter said of the win: “I’m absolutely speechless, I feel so sick,” after jumping atop the throng of heroic Mens 1st Hockey players.
Carter, who has been quietly confident of victory throughout the weekend, had earlier stated that her entire tenure as AU President would be decided on this result.
While the travelling team are traditionally considered the underdogs, impressive performances across a range of sports helped York to repeat their away victory of 2002.
Strong performances in Tennis, Rugby, Badminton, Lacrosse and Hockey provided the backbone of the York victory, while the visitors achieved a clean sweep of all the points available for Snooker, Sailing and Golf.
Lancaster AU President James Marenghi, who was unable for comment, will now face a gunging following the trophy presentation.
This is York’s 22nd Roses victory, and means that they lead the overall standings by 22 tournaments to 21 for the first time in the history of the competition.