Home or away, Westminster Dragons prove themselves the best once again
It couldn’t go the other way. Westminster Dragons have been crowned champions during last week’s 2017 Varsity for the sixth time in a row. Blood, sweat and tears; all the Westminster’s teams had to put in tremendous amount of effort but it paid off and the trophy is going home. Again.
The great day for the Westminster sports started in Osterley where both basketball teams, supported by our cheerleaders group, locked horns with West London’s Titans. After a true thriller, the women’s basketball team lost to West London 25-27, with the decisive free throws scored after the buzzer rang. Men’s basketball answered with a 45-44 win following another close fight.
At the same time, the second men’s football team drubbed their West London counterparts 8-0. The incessant audience gathered around the pitch at Trailfinders, however, clearly wanted to see their pupils reaching a double-digit score, chanting ‘we want ten!’.
When the action was taken to the netball courts, the Dragons’ second team thrashed West London 46-9. The Westminster led 3-1 at that time in
the whole event.
Then the time came for the women’s football team to join the fight. Following a heroic battle, the Dragons didn’t manage to recover from a slow start and lost 2-4. The final result of the tournament was still pretty much in doubt and it looked like this years’ varsity could be the closest ever.
West London tied up the overall score by defeating Dragons’ first netball team 37-38. The girls fought back passionately in the fourth quarter after trailing significantly for the majority of the game, but eventually fell short at the final whistle.
Westminster, however, made it clear quickly who is going to be champions after nerve-wrecking games of the men’s football firsts and women’s rugby. The girls pulled off a 22-17 win after a last-minute try. The footballers’ match was tied at halftime, but Mo Buzaine’s header secured the Dragons’ championship. The spectators euphorically run on to the pitch, jumped on the players; who then were chanting ‘campeones’ loudly in order to celebrate yet another varsity win for the Dragons.
In the last game of the day, the men’s rugby team lost to West London 15-32.
“I’m really happy that we retained the title and we can take the cup home,” said the SU president Freya Thompson who also put the Dragons kit on during the day and helped the netball teams’ in their games.