THE University of Hertfordshire’s (UH) sport stars are determined to get back to winning ways in the annual Varsity clash with the University of Bedfordshire on Wednesday, March 28.

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It is the third consecutive year the popular encounter has been contested, with the opponents taking it in turns to host the event, which sees the rivals go head to head in 13 different sporting fixtures in one day.

With the overall score at 1-1, UH are determined to make home advantage at Hertfordshire Sports Village, in Hatfield, count once more to claim the bragging rights.

UH ladies’ captain Miriam Hopper, said: “This year we are going to win!”

The 23-year-old sport studies student was part of the Herts team which were defeated away in Bedfordshire last year, after Herts hosted and triumphed at the inaugural event in 2010.

“Home advantage does play a part,” said the women’s rugby player.

“We had good support that travelled with us last year, but there’s always more at home.

“It’s a kind of BBQ atmosphere, with people coming together as it is near the end of the term before Easter.”

Men’s skipper Daryl Craine, added: “We want to get the trophy back, it was close last year and went down to the last couple of games.

“I play basketball and we were one of the early games last year, we won comfortably, so then could go and watch and support the other teams.

“It’s good because you don’t normally get to watch the others teams from the Uni as we play fixtures at the same time.

“It brings the University of Hertfordshire’s Athletic Union together as one big team.”

In the inaugural clash in 2010, UH took the honours on home soil in Hatfield, a year later the University of Beds gained revenge with victory.

Varsity takes place annually, once British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) fixtures are completed.

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