Join Nouse for the final day of Roses 2009
It is almost criminal that this weekend will be recorded in the history books as merely a ‘York win.’ Future generations looking back will never fully appreciate the magnitude or the comprehensiveness of York’s victory in the Roses tournament of 2009.
Well it’s a bloody good job that this year’s tournament didn’t go down to the wire, because nobody left Central Hall with any semblance of what had gone on for the past hour, let alone the preceding three days.
Croquet, not known as the most competitive or interesting of games, had a re-birth as Chancellor battled Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor battled Vice-Chancellor and Sports Union President battled, well, you get the picture. In the end, Lancaster emerged victorious.
Re-invoking that long-lost Presbyterian work ethic, Ronan Joyce’s men’s firsts handed out a basketballing clinic to their Lancastrian counterparts on Sunday.
If Lancaster Sport were a dog, in this game York picked up its feeble carcass, rolled it up in some old carpet, read a brief memoriam and threw it into a quarry. After last year’s defeat, revenge had been a long time coming. A year in fact. When it came, it was served up in the best way possible: ice cold.
YUsnow picked up a complete set of the fourteen Roses snowsports points available with a majestic performance at Rossendale on Saturday night.
In 1939, Maurice Gamelin, the French World War Two general, said the French forces would “dismiss Germany like a man hitting a lame rabbit with a spade”. Ever since, no-one has really topped Gamelin’s chronic lack of prescience. Until, that is, the men’s firsts squash match, at which Lancaster’s captain Daglish proclaimed that he was “60% confident of victory”.
On a superlative first Roses day for York, the badminton squad carried on their fine BUCS form to bring home all fourteen available points.
York couldn’t keep up with Lancaster’s regular scoring in Saturday night’s men’s water polo
York women’s water polo found themselves overwhelmed by Lancaster on Saturday night
A straight sets Lancaster victory in the women’s volleyball failed to tell the whole story on Saturday afternoon
York’s Basketball Ladies secured a spectacular win in a Roses classic yesterday afternoon at the Sport’s Centre
A fantastic York come back in a manic second half was not enough for the hockey men’s thirds yesterday afternoon on the Astroturf
In a rare blemish, on an otherwise hugely successful Saturday, York hockey firsts were defeated by Lancaster
A strong first half York performance was the difference in a win for the Men’s Hockey seconds, the sole York hockey victory of Saturday afternoon.
York Women’s Hockey firsts drew with their Lancaster opponents on Saturday, in a game that made up for a lack of goals with thrilling chances and quality play.
York’s rugby women recovered from a half time deficit to claim a hard fought win on the 22 Acres
An impressive display saw York run out easy victors in the first Rugby match of Saturday afternoon.
York Men’s captain Tom Birch ensured that York took a share of the spoils in the Pool after the women’s team were defeated by a strong Lancaster outfit.
Camilla Jenkins, witness lycra, leg-slapping and a victory for Lancaster, reports from Saturday’s trampolining.
York whitewashed Lancaster in the pool, winning 5-0 without losing a single frame in all fives matches on Saturday
In the indoor football both the men’s and women’s firsts ties were won by York, whilst the men’s thirds and seconds, as the women’s seconds, saw Lancaster victorious.
A late Lancaster goal split the teams in Saturday morning’s women’s seconds hockey match
A straight sets victory this afternoon was the perfect swansong for some of York’s volleyballers
York men’s rugby firsts swept Lancaster aside in front of a boisterous crowd on the 22 acres this afternoon
A narrow victory for the men’s senior eight crew meant York picked up the larger share of the Roses rowing points
A superb unbeaten 66 from Tom Hudson secured victory for York men’s firsts in a rain hampered match.
York’s netball firsts upset Lancaster 49-22 on Saturday in a pulsating and boisterous Roses occasion
The university’s Karting club lead from the front to take the first and second podium positions in their Roses Exhibition race on Teesside yesterday.
On a makeshift pitch on the 22 acres, the York Centurions displayed plenty of effort and determination in going down 12-28 to the Lancaster Bombers in their first full American Football fixture.
York’s badminton mixed and second teams delivered a double blow to Lancaster in
Friday morning’s opening event, winning their matches 8-1 and 6-3 respectively.
The enigmatic John Halstead was at the Sports Centre to witness a thundering 5-0 victory for York’s men in the squash firsts on Friday.
A 5-0 whitewash from the men’s squash seconds gave York two early Roses points this afternoon.
In a positive omen ahead of tomorrow’s XVs encounters, York men’s rugby completed a clean sweep of the preliminary sevens fixtures.
York won the Karate in a packed Dance Studio today, giving Captain Ashley Clews-Jones his first Roses win in four years at the university.
York’s firsts won their match comfortably as the seconds were caught cold in defeat this afternoon.
A well-executed 46 from Stephen Walwyn guided York’s cricket seconds to Roses victory on Thursday afternoon.
York must overhaul an eight-point deficit this weekend after a disappointing and controversial defeat for the canoe club in the opening Roses events on Saturday.
With Sunday likely to be the decisive day in Roses 2009, Nouse previews the action.
Nouse offers the complete lowdown on the hectic Saturday of Roses.
The names and golden moments of the Roses tournament form a rich tapestry down the years but, for all the changes the two universities and the wider world have undergone, there has remained many enduring constants.
Richard de Boltz hates being reminded about it, but the hockey first teamer’s decisive stroke settled one of the tightest and most dramatic Roses tournaments over in Lancaster last year.
Nouse guides you through the events taking place on the opening day of Roses 2009, Friday 8th May.
Preparations can step up another gear for the annual Roses battle against Lancaster after the finished schedule for the tournament was released today.