Canterbury Varsity 2017: The ones to watch

Edie Kelly has contacted the captains from every sports team to find out who we should watch out for in Varsity this year.

With less than a week to go, I have once again contacted all of the captains to find out who we should be looking out for as we face the University of Kent in the University’s biggest calendar event of the year – Varsity. If you’ve never been or don’t really know much about CCSU Sport, I hope this will give you a little more confidence to go and watch what really is an outstanding spectacle of all the sports involved.

A big thank you to all the teams that participated, and to the organisers for making this event happen as well as all the teams photographers. Good luck to all the teams involved and lets hope for our first ever win as a University. Here we go…

Thursday 9th February

9:30am – Swimming @ Kingsmead Leisure Centre – Josh Ryan & Charlotte Rouncivell

Josh was new to the team in September and had previously taken a short break from swimming. Throughout the year however, Josh has been consistently working hard and has cemented his place in the Christ Church swim team. His work ethic at training has really helped to push other members of the club to work harder to earn their place in the team. Expect maximum effort and good performances throughout the competition especially in the 50m freestyle.

Charlotte is in her second year of swimming for Uni and was elected women’s captain for the year. Having previously swam at a very high standard she has been getting back to her best. At BUCS this year Charlotte not only managed to finish 54th out of 226 competitors, but also managed to beat her Kent opposite by almost 3 seconds. This is her second Varsity and in her current form you should expect a fast 50m Backstroke.

Friday 10th February

12pm – Women’s Lacrosse @ UKC 3G  – Noora Vertanen

After spending the last year studying and playing lacrosse in America, Noora has come back this year better than ever. Noora is a valuable asset to the team with her advanced and effortless stick skills and strong defensive play, as well as her tactics for not just herself but the entire team. Noora’s ability to read the game is wonderful, allowing her to always be at the right place at the right time to offer support for both the attack and the defence. Noora is a largely relied upon player throughout the entire game especially within defence, which has been reflected by her winning player of the match more than once this year.

2pm – Men’s Lacrosse @ UKC 3G – Dave Hart

Now in his Masters year and embarking on his 4th Varsity for CCCU Men’s Lacrosse, the one to watch this year is Dave Hart. Dave has committed all of his four years at Christ Church to lacrosse and achieved a very high standard of play in the process. Captaining them for 2 seasons, scoring over 50 goals and representing the club brilliantly at South-East level, he has consistently been one of the most valuable and exciting players. The only thing missing from his glittering C4 career is a varsity title. In what will be his last one on the 10th February, he wants it more than anything. With the form he’s in this year, along with the rest of the team, I can’t see anything other than a Christ Church win.

5pm – Women’s Football @ UKC 3GX – Jemma Barton

Jemma currently plays for Swale Ladies FC and 2017 marks her second time playing at Varsity for C4 Women’s Football. She is a very committed member and is an incredible talent. Jemma plays in Centre Midfield and is a fearless, energetic and bold player. She is an asset to our team and you wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of one of her tackles! She will be a key player to assist the team to their 6th Varsity win in a row. 

6:30pm – Cheerleading Demonstration @ UKC 3GX – Ellie Walls

The one to watch this year for the CCCU Jets is one of their freshers Ellie Walls. This is Ellie’s first year as a cheerleader and has committed 100% to training and learning new skills. Even though you wont see much of Ellie performing at Varsity as she is unfortunately injured – she has still attended every session to work on her flexibility and memorises routines. Ellie is a pleasure to have on the team as she is fun loving and easy going. She is not scared of trying new skills and because of this she has learnt new tumbles including her round off back handspring. When it comes to fundraising, Ellie has always been there and suggested new ideas to raise money. Ellie is a fantastic flyer and one of the main girls you will see flying in the air at comp.

7:30pm – Men’s Football 1s @ UKC 3GX – Callum Welling

This season Callum has been a vital player in the defence, playing a number of positions and excelling in all. He has always been a gifted player but has improved greatly this year. This will be Callum’s final varsity and his experience and reliability could be a key component to our game. Let’s just hope he can stay on his feet and on the pitch!

Saturday 11th February

9am – Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Run @ UKC Park Run – Fearghal Heaney & Gabija Rasiukeviciute


New to Christ Church, Fearghal has already established himself as one to beat over middle and long distance. Training hard on the roads, track and gym, Fearghal was the fastest Christ Church finisher at the Canterbury 10, and will be entering BUCS cross country as our quickest team member.


Successful in her home country of Lithuania, Gabija has achieved first place at the Baltic Countries Youth Championships, European Clubs Cup Track & Field Youth Group and second place at the Lithuanian Youth Championships. Now training in Canterbury under the guidance of Peter Mullervy, Gabija has already shown her high calibre with her performance at the Canterbury 10, and will no doubt be one to beat at Varsity.

9am -Women’s Badminton @ CCCU Sports Centre – Fern Jeffries

The one to watch in women’s badminton this year is Fern Jeffries. A fresher and new member to the team this year she has experienced playing in BUCS and is now ready to see what Varsity is all about. A highly valued player of the team she is a very skilled player and is not to be underestimated!


9am – Men’s Badminton @ CCCU Sports Centre – Jack Thurston

Jack has been out of the game for four years before making the badminton team this year, during the course of the year he has shown constant improvement in his game and has become a key member of the team with his willingness to play every game and the amount of effort which he gives during competition which will show as he plays in this Varsity fixture.

11:30am – Women’s Volleyball @ CCCU Sports Centre – Lily More

Lily More is the one to watch for Volleyball this Varsity. Lily started playing by participating in a PlaySport session and she then became the junior HEVO (Higher Education Volleyball Officer) in her second year. Lily is now the Captain for the team and so far has been a key player throughout our games this year. Her skill and commitment is something that has shone through and as her final varsity she hopes that it will be a successful one.

5pm – Women’s Basketball @ CCCU Sports Centre – Zita Mendes

Zita has been nominated by the committee as the one to watch this year. Zita is a very experienced player and has had a big impact on the team this year. She’s been one of the team’s top scorers this year and the team are looking forward to playing with her at varsity.

7pm – Men’s Basketball @ CCCU Sports Centre – Erikas Kucinskas &  Jonathan Karimatisenga


Erikas Kucinskas

Dedicated team leader and hasn’t missed a training session even when hospitalised. He has great ball handling skills and is a 3-point specialist, people call him the Lithuanian Steph Curry.

Jonathan Karimatisenga

As president of the basketball team he a key asset both offensively and defensively. His versatile basketball skills bring a high level of experience to the team, which is what will help us bring the varsity title home.

Sunday 12th February 

10:30am – Netball 4s @ CCCU Sports Centre – Olivia Guckian

Liv may seem shy due to her quiet voice however once on court her defending skills definitely make her stand out. Her long arms prevent the opposition from scoring and she always seems to have the determination to keep motivated!

12:30am – Netball 3s @ CCCU Sports Centre – Laura Cartwright

Laura is a key player to our team and always gives 100% throughout the game. She plays goal keeper and we can rely on her for amazing interceptions and rebounds. Although she has been in America for a month I can still guarantee she will be ready and prepared to smash varsity.

2:30pm – Netball 2s @ CCCU Sports Centre – Tess Mills

This year on the netball 2s the One To Watch is Tessa Mills in GA (goal attack). The pressure is on to score the goals but with her speed and precision we have every confidence that she will play a crucial role in leading us to victory! Good luck to all the girls playing! 

4:30pm – Netball 1s @ CCCU Sports Centre – Abbie Webster

The varsity one to watch for netball 1sts is Abbie Webster. She’s the wing defence and wing attack and plays both positions incredibly, it would be ideal if she could play both at the same time. She’s so strong in defence, and through zoning and man-on marking makes flying interceptions and applies constant pressure. She gives 110% in every game she plays. In attack, her ball placement into the D is perfect every time, while the timing of her drives, speed and agility down the court mean goals can be scored quickly. She adapts well to every combination of attack, defence and shooters and is a real asset to the team.

Monday 13th February 

12pm – Men’s Football 4s @ UKC 3GX – Josh Vincent

Only joining the team this time last year Josh has made a massive step up and had become a vital player to his team. Sadly, 4th team vice caption received ankle injury sidelining him for half a season. It was at this point Josh took on the role of vine caption and even captioning the side to and 5-0 win. Traditionally a lift back, Josh has taking up the position at centre back and fill the position with ease. A naturally gifted player Josh is undoubtably a crucial player in the 4th team and plays to the best of ability week in week out and has earned his place in the team were a starting position is not always guaranteed due to high standard in the 4th team this year. Probably the Mr nice guy of the team Josh has grown in confidence both on and off the pitch, make himself a positive role model for this years freshers. I have no doubt Josh will put everything on the line this year as he has done so many times this in the past, he has got the height, pace and strength to give the opposition a tough time. Josh is without a doubt a rock at the back, solidifying an already strong 4th team.

2pm – Women’s Hockey 2s @ UKC Astro – Morgan Payne

One of our new hockey Freshers this year for the 2s is Morgan Payne. Throughout this years season Morgan has shown her skills and versatility on the pitch. Starting with helping out the defence at the begging of the season by playing centre back, Morgan is now playing in her more suited position of attack. Her determination in a game is something that never quits and this can be seen through her communication with the team and constant battle for the ball. Her hits are strong and not for the weak-hearted (or footed) and her abilities of quick thinking and tactical game play are not one to be missed this year at varsity.

2pm – Women’s Tennis @ UKC Tennis Centre –Laura Pethick and Noemi Vadaszy

Noemi Vadaszy is our 3rd year sports scholar and Women’s captain. She joined the team with lots of experience having played at a national level in her home country of Hungary. Since then she’s played LTA rated tournaments around England, and has been instrumental in building a strong and committed women’s team that has had league and cup success. In last year’s varsity she undeservedly lost a hard fought match, but will lead the team onto court this year looking to achieve the win she and the rest of Christ Church women’s tennis deserves.

Women’s tennis’ ‘One to Watch’ is Laura Pethick. She is in her third year and she joined tennis this year. She is the no. 4 player and has played most of the uni matches only losing one doubles and one singles. She has been extremely hard working and focused since she started. Her special strength is staying calm during tough situations. Which is quite important in every sport. The captain is really happy that she is playing with the team, as it wouldn’t be the same without her.

2:30pm – Men’s Football 3s @ UKC 3GX – Sam De Garis

Sam De Garis where do we start? Single-handedly the nicest boy you will ever meet. Coming into this year, being captain last year as well, I wanted to strengthen the fullback position both left and right. Signing two fresher full backs is what I chose in Carl Richards and Sam. Sam as a left back is all you need in a full back. Strong, reads the game well and will never stop running! Their captain can happily say he is one of the best if not the best left back at Christ Church at the moment. Let’s bring it for the league and Varsity boys!

4pm – Men’s Hockey 2s @ UKC Astro – Sammzi Bahrawy

Having joined CCCU hockey in September, this one to watch has gone from strength to strength in a short amount of time.  Not only has he solidified his place in the Old Bordenian’s 2nd XI in recent months, this player has become an essential part of the 2nd XI at CCCU.  His ability to distribute the ball calmly whilst under pressure, weave through opposition players and score goal upon goal make Sammzi Bahrawy a stand out player.  Couple this with his sheer tenacity and want to win the ball back for the team, it is evident that Sammzi is an invaluable member of Men’s Hockey, and most definitely one to watch during Varsity this year!

5pm – Men’s Football 2s @ UKC 3GX – Liam Hrehorow

Liam is technically a very good football player. He can play in numerous positions as he loves getting on the ball and keeping the team ticking, but this season has established himself at right back. He enjoys getting forward, helping to start attacks and provide an outlet on the right hand side. Defensively Liam is very solid, likes getting stuck in and hates losing. He has the potential to be a future captain of the 2nd team.

6pm – Women’s Hockey 1s @ UKC Astro – Mollie Bodimeade

Mollie Bodimeade has excelled throughout her three years at Christ Church. She is one of the most dedicated and passionate players on the squad and off the pitch she never fails to make people smile. Watch her fly down the wing at Varsity and cause all sorts of issues for the Kent defence. She’ll be working closely with ex GB player, Becca Weston and together will be a force to be reckoned with, setting up and scoring some incredible goals as they have been doing all season. The teamwork between these two have been a key part in the team’s current successes in the league and hopefully a success at Varsity. Expect to see a great showcase of the game during this match as the team looks to retain their title.

6pm – Men’s Tennis 1s @ UKC Tennis Centre – Ben Miller

Ben has played Tennis since the age of 6 and has been competing in top class tournaments all over the country. Men’s captain of the club for two years now, Ben, has played a vital role in the Tennis team throughout his whole time at CCCU leading by example and winning crucial matches to keep the team in the cup this year. Last year Ben lead the Men’s 1st to victory against UKC after he was only two points away from losing his singles match. Ben has a 100% doubles record in the league, throughout his time at Christ Church. Ben will use his experience and knowledge to help his team win varsity again and has been determined to help develop his team develop since September.

8pm – Men’s Hockey 1s @ UKC Astro – Edward Marsh

Edward Marsh who with his, and the committees off pitch efforts to recruit new players, has made a huge difference to Christ Church Men’s Hockey. However, what shouldn’t be overlooked is his presence on the pitch, Ed joined CCCU 4 years ago and started in the 2nd team and played Varsity for them that year. After always putting 100% in at training over the years he has cemented himself as integral part of the midfield in the 1st team. There are a lot of parts of Ed’s game play that are great to watch, his one on one stick skills will keep the Kent players wondering if they even deserve to be on the same field as him, his surging base line runs will constantly be threatening the Kent’s goal area, and the across goal passes to set his team-mates up for goals will be helping secure the result needed to show once again why CCCU are the dominant force on the hockey pitch. Ed is a very vocal player, letting his team-mates know where he wants the ball and also encouraging them and bringing the team’s confidence levels up to where they need to be to win. The game is bound to be a showcase of hockey, and as ever Ed’s performance will be outstanding and an entertaining watch.

Tuesday 14th February 

11:30am – Equestrian @ Trenley –Katarina Gutierrez

Kat is our one to watch for Varsity this year! Our trainer Andy was amazingly impressed with her progress since the summer and she was put forward for the Prelim 14 – the most difficult dressage test this year! Not only is she doing the dressage she has now stepped in to fill a slot on the jump team after another team member was unable to compete! She has committed to training twice a week on the flat and jumping and has been on top form! She is also the cover girl of Christ Church Sport, you may have seen her on a poster round uni #spottedkat She’s definitely one to watch!

1pm – Men’s Rugby 3s @ UKC Grass Pitch 2 – Adam Georghiou

The man who looks like one half of Stavros Flatley. This amateur saracens fly half has been essential to the 3s season. Racking up tries and conversions to make us a very competitive team in the league this year. Despite his prop-like appearance, he has displayed a good set of hands and pace. He’s definitely someone to keep an eye-out for.

2pm – Snow Sports @ Brentwood (Essex) – Austin Foster

Austin was lucky enough to begin skiing at just 7 years old and and by 10 years old had mastered all the basics of the sport, having experienced skiing in various different continents. By the time he began school he began competing in slalom skiing where he regularly achieved podium finishes. He has also achieved podium finishes in downhill racing competitions in The Alps competing on school trips and will be a key part in our successes at Varsity.

2:30pm – Men’s Rugby 2s @ UKC Grass Pitch 1 – Joel Doom Dumont

Canterbury Christ Church 2nd XV has had a difficult season this year, its been a year for a building for the future. A large number of 2nd XV players have gone on to be called up to the 1st team this year and so lots of club members have been able to gain higher level playing experience. The one to watch for this years Varsity match is Joel Doom Dumont. He makes an impact every game he plays in, makes some big hits and big runs and always seems to be near the action.

Wednesday 15th February 

12:30pm – Women’s Indoor Cricket @ St. Lawrence Indoor Centre  – Jess Whitcher

Since joining Women’s Cricket in 2015, Jessica Whitcher has been nothing short of an unstoppable force, with her ability to hit a 6 on command or bowl you out with very little thought. She has consistently outperformed even her own expectations as a player. In an outdoor game last year, she scored a huge 139 runs and hardly broke a sweat. As our captain this year she bowled out 4 UKC players in our last indoor game and she is ready to do the same thing again. Even though her nickname is Dory, varsity is not a memory she’s ready to forget!

1:45pm – Men’s Indoor Cricket @St. Lawrence Indoor Centre – Jack Wheeler

A product of the Kent Academy system and playing for Broadstairs CC, Jack came into the side after missing out in the Kent indoor final to the university. An experienced indoor player and gifted with the bat and gloves, he made a major impact instantly by scoring a 50 in his first game and accumulating a huge average of 200 before his first dismissal. A huge Arsenal of shots means he will be a key player for the next 3 years.

5pm – Women’s Rugby @ Canterbury Rugby Club – Laura Smith

Former footballer and complete rugby beginner, Smithy sadly only joined us in her final year. Her hard work and determination on and off the pitch is evident in her performance each week. Watch out for Smithy’s persistent strong tackling, rapid feet and powerful ball-carrying. She has really earned her spot as outside centre and she will continue to have a huge impact in our backline.

7pm – Men’s Rugby 1s @ Canterbury Rugby Club – Graeme Francis

Credit: Ken Matcham
Cricket scholar Graeme has finally decided to take the uni rugby plunge and has been outstanding all year. While playing in various positions across the back-line, Graeme has become one of the first players on the team sheet. With a great all round skill set, fast feet and a fantastic rugby brain, Graeme has been an outstanding addition to the ones this year, and will no doubt be a pivotal player come varsity.

Outdoor Varsity (May) 

Athletics –

Charlie Shingleton
Charlie has been county champion at 400m, long jump and triple jump, as well as being east of England champion and medallist multiple times. He is a regular member of the Essex county team, a sports scholar at Christ Church, and track and field captain of the Athletics and Cross Country Team. Charlie currently competes in the British League, so is used to the pressures of competing at a high level.


Laura Reilly – 

Laura has achieved a top ten national ranking, been a successful member of the Surrey hurdle squad and medalled consistently at Surrey County championships since 2011, achieving first place numerous times.  As a sports scholar at Christ Church, Laura has been working with SportsLab in strength and conditioning, and has already seen improvements in her performance on the track.

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One thought on “Canterbury Varsity 2017: The ones to watch

  • 09/02/2017 at 7:52 pm

    Jemma Barton and Sammzi Bahrawy attended the same Primary School. Borden C of E

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