June 22, 2015, by Natalie Nolan
Tri Campus Games: Day 1
Written by Natalie Nolan, Year 2 History.
The Tri Campus Games is best known for bringing the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia, China and UK campuses together for a week to compete in a series of competitive sport. In true TCG spirit, all the athletes are dressed in their designated team colours and were ready for a bit of friendly competition in their chosen sports.
Following Sunday’s opening ceremony, competition commenced this morning with the China taking the first win of the day with 15-4 against the UK team in Ultimate Frisbee, ending Team UK’s seven year victory streak, before the UK team bounced back with with a victory in the men’s football and basketball with a win of 6-2 and 44-36 against Team China. With results of these games, Team China is left hoping that they would be able to bounce back in their next game against Malaysia later this evening and tomorrow.
Elsewhere, both Team UK and Team China put up strong performances with t he UK dominating the Ladies football with the score at 10-1, whilst China responded with a victory in the ladies badminton (7-2) and a closely fought match in the Table Tennis with a victory of 12-9 overall. It is fair to say that the momentum of the games has been fairly distributed between Team UK and Team China.
The games generally seem to be of a friendly nature with everyone epitomizing great sportsmanship. Competition has been relaxed and the spirit of the games has been obvious as it seems that every athlete that was not competing had gathered to watch and support their fellow students throughout the day -there has not been a game absent of cheering spectators supporting the athletes and I have found the whole experience to so far be welcoming, supportive and fun.
Later in the day, we saw temperatures continue to rise despite the dampening weather outside with Team UK becoming victorious in the Squash courts (16-12) and a heated battle on the Badminton court with a close win of 5-4 for the mens suggesting that Team UK maybe pulling ahead slightly. But as day one is almost over, the competition is still looking like it could be anyone’s game, with the Malaysian team making their first appearance of the games this afternoon in a match against China on the new 3G pitch on Jubilee Campus. However, both China Team and UK team have placed themselves into a strong position and have kicked off these games with bang!