University of Liverpool Women beat rivals Liverpool John Moores 20-27 at handball in their Varsity clash at the LJMU Sports Centre.

It meant UoL Women retained their Varsity handball crown from last year.

The game was an intense clash from the start and LJMU took an early 3-0 lead in the first five minutes.

Despite a rocky start, UoL captain Julie Hansen was rewarded with a penalty after a rough tackle, and scored to put them back in the game.

UoL received two more penalties allowing them to maintain momentum resulting in a quick change up for the away team.

The second half began with a three-goal advantage to UoL.

And the away side changed their tactics, man-marking LJMU’s centre and top goal scorer Liv Gonsalves, to increase their dominance in the second half.

The visitors continued to score at every opportunity, utilising their tactics and scoring from almost every play to run out comfortable winners.

Afterwards, UoL skipper Hansen said: “We really showed our ability to fight and to never give up.

“Τhe team spirit and willingness to fight for each other really showed who we are as a team.”

(Featured image by Lois Hudson, MerseySportLive)