By Ella Jerman
As the College Sport season gets underway, this weekend sees the return of the College Sport weekly takeover. Each college will get one weekend throughout the year where they will be at the centre of Team Durham’s social media focus in order to showcase their sports to the university. Palatinate Sport can confirm provisional dates for the upcoming takeovers.
Ustinov College kick off the takeover this weekend (21st/22nd October), as the first college in focus. The events get underway on Saturday night with Ustinov’s men’s and women’s basketball teams taking on St Aidan’s A and St Mary’s A respectively in Maiden Castle’s Sports Hall.
The following weekend (28th/29th October), Stephenson will steal the spotlight. The fixtures kick off on Saturday with a college derby, as Stephenson Rangers A face John Snow A in the Men’s Football Premiership.
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November looks set to be the busiest weekend as both St Chad’s and St John’s College come to the fore. After achieving promotion to the Premiership last season, St John’s women’s football team have a tough task ahead of them, facing last year’s title winners Collingwood A. On Sunday, a combined Chad-Johns Men’s Rugby side take on Hatfield B.
Along the same lines, John Snow College’s takeover (11th/12th November) is definitely not a weekend to miss. John Snow B face their rivals from Queen’s Campus, Stephenson Rangers C, in the first round of the Men’s Football Trophy on the 11th at 12:45pm and supporters have good reason to spend the day at Maiden Castle, as John Snow A have also drawn rivals Stephenson A in the first round of the Mixed Lacrosse trophy at 19:15 pm.
LJ Crawford, College Sport Manager, has urged supporters to get down to Maiden Castle for their takeovers.
“College Sport is excited to be bringing back College takeover weekends this year. A large part of these weekends is to increase spectators in sport so make sure to get down to as many fixtures as possible on your college’s weekend.”
College takeover weekends
October 21st/22nd: Ustinov College
October 28th/29th: Stephenson College
November 4th/5th: St Chad’s & St John’s College
November 11th/12th: John Snow College
November 18/19th: Trevelyan College
November 25th/26th: Van Mildert College
December 2nd/3rd: St Cuthbert’s College
December 9th/10th: St Mary’s College
January 27th/28th: Josephine Butler College
February 3rd/4th: Collingwood vs Grey Varsity
February 17th/18th: St Aidan’s College
March 3rd/4th: Hatfield vs Castle Varsity
March 10th/11th: St Hild & St Bede College
Photograph: Durham University