We Are The Champions! Northumbria 2015 Winners

We Are The Champions! Northumbria 2015 Winners

Team Northumbria have secured city bragging rights for the second year in a row by becoming Stan Calvert 2015 Champions.

In doing so, TN made history by retaining the title for two consecutive years for the first time.

TN went from strength to strength over the seven day period, rounded off with a final points tally reading 77.5-48.5.

Head of sport Colin Stromsoy was overwhelmed by the occasion: “I’m absolutely thrilled,” he said.

“In moments like this it’s easy to forget that in 2011/12 we lost the cup by a margin of 50.5 points, so it’s been an absolute journey.

“It’s been filled with hard work, graft and effort and we’re now seeing the results of that. The students have been just amazing.

“To see the energy, focus and passion that drives Team Northumbria to win has been incredible.

“We’ve had stand-out performances across the board and it’s just uplifting. Unapologetically, we do see winning as important!

“Winning is what drives us here and it’s the values that we have and will continue to have that make us better.

“I have to give huge credit to Newcastle University as well, the standard of competition this year, without a doubt in my mind, has been the best it’s ever been.

“It’s the standard of competition that makes it feel even better when you do win it. We’ve made history this year but it has been such a team effort.

“I just want to say a massive thank you from me to all of the staff, students and everyone at the University for getting behind us.”

TN went into the final day with a 25-17 lead, which was immediately built upon courtesy of wins across the board from basketball and a magnificent 23 out of 24 wins in the pool.

The TN athletes had already sealed the deal long before the much anticipated finale, establishing a gap impossible for their cross-city rivals to close.

Student sport president Adam Barr was equally as ecstatic about the victory: “I’m absolutely over the moon,” he said. “Everyone deserves this win so much.

“It’s great to see our hard work paying off not only in Stan Calvert but through national leagues and the BUCS competition as well.

“Everyone has behaved hugely professional throughout – on and off the field. The support has been fantastic as well across all sports.

“I didn’t get the winning news right away as I was driving! When I got told I thought they just meant the hockey and not the whole of Stan Calvert.

“It just feels amazing.”

Team Northumbria Performance Manager Katy Storie was also full of praise for her TN counterparts: “I genuinely couldn’t be happier for all the TN athletes,” she said.

“They left nothing behind this weekend and they thoroughly deserve the win.”

The netball firsts proved a fitting finale to a week of incredible sporting prowess, with a fiery encounter going right down to the wire.

Newcastle led for the majority of the first half until TN staged a comeback during the third quarter to finish off a winning weekend in Sport Central.

A goal on the buzzer from Clancy Williams put the final score at 32-31 and paved the way for the presentation of the coveted Stan Calvert trophy to winners on the night and overall, Team Northumbria.

Emily Bulmer