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When Sam Apoola and George Major left Trent College this summer and headed off to Leeds, little did they know that the once Trent 1st XI teammates would be on opposing teams in the universities' biggest sporting event of the year.
The Leeds Varsity is an inter-university competition between arch rivals University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University. The Varsity includes 60 fixtures, across 25 different sports from Athletics and Badminton to Tennis and Water Polo, all in one day and culminates with the Men’s Rugby Union Grand Finale played at Headingley Stadium in the evening, attracting an audience of over 12,000 students every year.
Having each been selected for their university first teams, George for Leeds Becket and Sam for University of Leeds, they had not met as rivals on the hockey pitch since they were 12 years old when representing different schools. So having spent the last 5 years on the same team at Trent, Sam says “it was an odd experience playing against Major, especially when he was marking me”.
Sam continued “obviously, the mighty Leeds Uni won 3-1 and I’m hoping for a successful BUCS [British Universities and Colleges Sport] season to come”.
During his time at Trent, Sam played for England at U16 Level and played in the Sainsbury's School Games for England. He also played for Beeston Hockey Club’s Men's 1st XI. George was one of the stand out players for the 1st XI in his final year at Trent. Both Sam and George were in the winning team at the National U16 Final in Y11, beating Repton 1-0 in the Final.