June 13, 2019, by brzmjb1
Tri Campus Games 2019 | Opening Ceremony & Day 1
The 11th Anniversary of the Tri Campus Games officially got underway today following the opening ceremony on Tuesday evening at University of Nottingham, Malaysia .
180 athletes representing University of Nottingham’s three international campuses (Team UK, Team China and Team Malaysia) sat together to listen to an opening address from Patrick Joseph, Director of Academic Services and a greeting from CEO and Provost: Professor Graham Kendall, who wished all visiting athletes the very best of luck for the forthcoming competition.
Once the team captains and all athletes had recited the oath, Professor Graham Kendall had the honour of officially announcing the 11th Tri Campus Games open.
After the drama and showcase of the Opening Ceremony, similar drama was expected on the first day of fixtures, the first 14 fixtures did not disappoint. The morning was marked with a strong showing from Team UK in both the Table Tennis and Tennis, beating Malaysia and China respectively. Fixtures ended at 12:30 to recommence at 5pm in slightly cooler conditions.
In the Men’s Football, following an incredible final minute winner in the IMS tournament that saw them qualify, Gin Soc were the self-identified ‘underdogs’, representing Team UK. 2 quick goals saw the host team of Malaysia in control early in the first half but 2 impressive headers from Team UK drew the scores level. Malaysia came back with one more in the first half, leaving the score at 3-2. The heat told in the second half with Malaysia emerging winners 5-2.
Team UK also fought hard against an impressive Malaysian side in the badminton, losing out 7-2 overall but with a notable win from James Salter in the Men’s singles. Speaking after the match, Badminton Club President and Team Captain Tom Roper described the experience as “hot, sweaty, challenging, fun and hot” which in 30 degree heat and without air conditioning, all of Team UK agreed was accurate.
Full list of fixtures and results from Day 1 are below:
|Table Tennis||Malaysia – UK||3-6||UK|
|Men’s Football||Malaysia – China||8-5||Malaysia|
|Tennis||China – UK||0-9||UK|
|Ultimate Frisbee||UK – Malaysia||6-10||Malaysia|
|Women’s Football||China – UK||0-17||UK|
|Volleyball||Malaysia – China||2-0||Malaysia|
|Squash||UK – China||6-2||UK|
|Ultimate Frisbee||China – UK||9-7||China|
|Men’s Football||UK – Malaysia||2-5||Malaysia|
|Women’s Football||Malaysia – China||3-4||China|
|Volleyball||China – UK||2-0||China|
|Men’s Basketball||China – UK||42-48||UK|
|Women’s Basketball||UK – China||14-38||China|
|Badminton||Malaysia – UK||7-2||Malaysia|
The last games of the evening ended in wins for both Team Malaysia and China. The last of the outdoor games saw Malaysia edge ahead of China in a very tight game for the women’s football teams, a late goal from Malaysia made it 4-3 on the final whistle. Whilst inside the sports hall, Team UK hoped to repeat the success of the Men’s Basketball Team but fell foul of a solid performance from Team China, losing 14-38.
With all three campuses registering both wins and losses in the first day, it really is all to play for on day two tomorrow.
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