UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE; Ricoh climax for varsity sport series.

Benjamin Harris was a maverick in the early days of journalism. He was not alone but he definitely stood out from the crowd.Byline: Laura MaltbyBATTLE lines will be drawn nextWednesday as the city's two
universities come faceto-face for the main event of their annual
sporting varsity competition. The Varsity Series is a traditional event
featuring the sportsmen and women from Warwick and Coventry
universities.

During February and March the two universities compete against one
another in sports including ice hockey, netball, cricket, rugby league,
swimming, volleyball and basketball.

The series culminates in two football matches between the rival
universities' male and female teams.

The finale - which is being held this year for the first time at
the Ricoh Arena - kicks off with the ladies' match at 5.30pm
followed by the men's game at 7.45pm.

Sports and societies development manager for Coventry's
Student Union, Robert Wells, said: "Varsity has taken on a whole
new level with the Ricoh being chosen as a venue for the 2012
Olympics."

He added: "Recently we have established links with schools
where our students coach and help out with after-school clubs and we
have invited these pupils to the final so this year it's not just
about the rivalry but about promoting sport within the community."

And captain of Coventry University's men's team, Dwayne
Ellis, said: "It would be a dream if I was captain of the team that
helped Coventry to win varsity overall.

"Two years ago it came down to the rugby and we were really
unfortunate to lose - but hopefully this year's our chance."

Following their overall victory 38-32 last year, president of
Warwick University's men's team, Lewis Treacy, reckons
he's feeling confident.

He admits the team are thrilled about the prospect of playing at
the Ricoh Arena.

He said: "The players will do all they can to ensure the fans
enjoy themselves, but more importantly, that they beat their fiercest
rivals."

Warwick women's team captain Lauren Quinn, a final year
history student, said: "The girls who played last year understand
how much varsity means to the university.

"Losing on penalties in 2011 was incredibly motivating for us
and if our team perform as well as I know they can, I have no doubt that
we can win."

Gemma Morris, Warwick Sport manager, said: "This is a
fantastic opportunity and it is sure to be a spectacular end to the
Varsity Series both for the players and spectators. I would like to wish
all the teams the best of luck."

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READY FOR BATTLE: Coventry University's football captains
Dwayne Ellis and Chrissie Jordan

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