On the weekend of the 29th April, York University competed against Lancaster in the largest inter-university sports tournament in Europe: Roses. The tournament, in which teams from both universities compete in fifty different disciplines, happens every year, alternating its venue between the two universities. This year it was hosted in York, home of our incredible sponsored club University of York Lacrosse, and it was thanks in part to the club’s amazing wins in both the male and female events that York University was able to win the tournament proving once more that Roses Are WHITE!
The Roses tournament began in 1965, when a rowing race between York and Lancaster Universities expanded into a three-day event, where teams from both universities competed against each other in rowing, table tennis, relay races, mixed field hockey, and the tug of war. Each winning team was awarded two points and at the end of the weekend the team with the most points was awarded the Roses trophy. Each year more and more events are added to the bill, so that this year there was a whopping 50 disciplines to compete in!
Since the start of the Roses, Lancaster had won the tournament 25 times and York 26. But this year, thanks to outstanding results across the board, York once again stormed to victory with 206.5 points to Lancaster’s 159.5, bringing their total wins over the last 53 years up to 27!
The first Roses game for UYLC was the men’s match on the Saturday at 4.30pm. It was an amazing game which drew a huge crowd. The boys really showed their determination, talent and spirit and played to victory, beating Lancaster 9-4!
Before the game, the club had a minute’s silence to retire the number of Charlie Watkins, a much loved teammate who sadly passed away earlier this year. Our thoughts are with the whole club and Charlie’s family in this sad time.
The women’s team played later that afternoon, also beating Lancaster an astounding 18 – 3. As you can see from the photos, the ladies really had their game faces on and played a brilliant match. The mixed team played the next day and narrowly lost 9-7, but as we all know it’s the taking part that counts and they put up a brilliant fight in a very tight match!
We are absolutely thrilled to be sponsoring these incredible athletes and on weekends like this we are prouder than ever! Congratulations to each and every member of UYLC, we can’t wait to see what you go on to achieve!