Stan Calvert 2016: Brogan Defends ‘Fixture Bias’

Stan Calvert 2016: Brogan Defends ‘Fixture Bias’

The Stan Calvert fixture list has been released and as usual it’s packed with a wide variety of sports.

Although the competition runs over the course of several weeks, the majority of the fixtures are being played on the final day – Sunday March 6.

Northumbria University Sport President Brogan O’Connor explained the reasoning behind these arrangements.

“It’s not a coincidence that almost 80% of the fixtures are being played on the final Sunday” she said.

“We’ve added a lot of fixtures to the final day to try and keep the momentum and competition going right until the end.

“We don’t want the final fixtures to suffer from poor support – like the Newcastle netballers did last time round.”

Last year’s Stan Calvert suffered from a decline of spectators due to Northumbria running away with the competition. The adapted fixture list will hopefully keep the attention of both sets of fans until the final whistle goes.

The competition presents a range of sports being performed at a very high level.

But one of the discussion points at this week’s press conference was the selection of sports leaving some teams unable to compete.

O’Connor highlighted that both Universities have sports teams missing out on participating in the event.

“We’re playing by the rule book – we’re not taking sports out to cheat because we don’t think we can win them,” she said.

“If you look on paper at the teams we can’t enter then I think we are missing out just as much – Newcastle don’t have seconds, thirds and fourths volleyball teams or futsal teams when we do.

“We don’t have rowers and cross country runners but we also want to get as many people involved as we can.

“That’s why we’ve agreed to enter equestrian for the first time even though Newcastle has had a long standing equestrian team and we haven’t.”

Carl Taylor