A truly magnificent performance by Team Newcastle ensured the Stan Calvert Memorial Trophy was retained for a 3rd consecutive year with a record 83.75 points to 32.25 victory against rivals Northumbria.
Never in the history of Stan Calvert has the trophy been won 3 years in a row and the winning margin of 51.5 points was an exceptional result. Throughout the day, points were hotly contested in 22 different sports, ranging from skiing to mountain biking to netball.
Although the main rugby union event at Gateshead International Stadium had to be cancelled due to the weather the netball and athletics fixtures stepped up to the mark and took centre stage. An exceptional display by the whole netball club stood out with 3 wins and a draw, the first time in the clubs history that the 1st, 2nds and 3rd teams have won their respective matches. Fabulous results also followed by women’s rugby, rugby league, squash, tennis, hockey, rowing and badminton.
Performance Sport Manager, Fraser Kennedy, said ‘It’s hard to sum up the magnitude of this victory. To win 3 years in a row is incredible and testament to the organisation, commitment and dedication of the athletes and coaches’
Professor Charles Harvey, Pro-Vice Chancellor with responsibility for sport, congratulated Team Newcastle, saying: ‘What a fantastic achievement for our sportsmen and women. We cannot over-estimate the importance of a strong reputation for sport when it comes to our desire to recruit high-calibre students, and our victory in the Calvert cup serves to reinforce Newcastle University’s fast growing reputation for sporting excellence.
published on: 1st March 2010