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UEL celebrate decisive Challenge Cup win over Anglia Ruskin

It was UEL’s first victory over the rivals since the annual match was inaugurated in 2016

The University of East London (UEL) made the most of home advantage by pulling off a decisive victory over arch rivals Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in their annual Challenge Cup multi-sports match on Thursday.

In glorious spring sunshine, UEL overwhelmed ARU 14-5 with victories across a range of sporting competitions held at the University’s SportsDock facility in Docklands at other venues across east London. 

UEL’s women's futsal club set the tone with a 4-1 win in one of the first fixtures of the day, before the University added victories in men's futsal, women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, american football, men's and women's football, men's badminton, taekwondo, cricket, table tennis and men's and women's tennis.

The annual match between the two universities was established in 2016 to celebrate the end of the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), with the location alternating between the two institutes. 

UEL’s victory was especially sweet because ARU had won both previous matches in 2016 and 2017. They will now travel to ARU in 2019 to try to defend their title and even up the overall score.

UEL’s Sports Development Manager, James Kilden, said, "It was fantastic to see our teams come out such convincing winners after defeats in the last two years. It really was a showcase of UEL students at their best. 

“They competed extremely hard all day and showed immense pride in representing UEL. It was also great to have so many supporters come to the fixtures throughout the day."

The trophy was presented to UEL by Dean Curtis, UEL’s Acting Vice-Chancellor, who said, "The contributions from all the participants made it a fantastic day.

“It was an immense honour to award the cup to our team to recognise the exceptional performances across so many sports. I hope this marks a run of successes of the coming years. "Article Body Text