NEUT League bounces back with the return of Geordie Cup

Katie Partridge takes us through the latest in trampolining with the Geordie Cup coverage.

Katie Partridge
23rd November 2021
The Newcastle Trampolining team - Photo: Katie Partridge
After 18 months of no university trampoline competitions, the Northern English Universities Trampolining (NEUT) League bounced back last weekend with the return of the Geordie Cup. 

As one of NEUT’s five annual competitions which take place at participating universities across the North of England, the Geordie Cup was held in Newcastle University’s all new sports centre. 

Beginning at 9am on Saturday the 13th of November, clubs from; Nottingham, Manchester, Sheffield, York, Durham, Loughborough, Leeds and Liverpool made the journey to the North East for a weekend of Trampoline, Double Mini Trampoline, Synchronised Trampoline and socialising. 

For many gymnasts, they had not seen their friends from other clubs for well over a year, so there was a buzz like no other in the Sports Hall as the warm up begun.

Teams socialising at the Geordie Cup - Photo: Katie Partridge

Despite the very tight schedule organised by the Newcastle University Trampoline Club Committee, 5 minutes into warm up a serious injury on Panel 2 halted proceedings.

An Ambulance attended the scene and shortly after the gymnast was taken to the RVI. 

The competition resumed and an incredible array of talent was displayed on the Trampoline across a variety of skill levels.

From gymnasts competing in the easiest NEUT 6 Level who’s routine consisted of twist jumps, shape Jumps and seat landings; to the NEUT Elite Level, which has a minimum tariff requirement of 5.5 and saw competitors compete moves including Half in half outs, 1 in 3 Rudi ball outs and Double Full Backs. 

The winner of NEUT Elite Men was Joshua Jones from Sheffield Hallam who scored a huge 64.950 and stunned the crowd with form which saw individual execution scores include a usually unheard of 8.9.

Josh McSweeney from Nottingham came in second with Manchester’s Leon Davies in third.

In the Women’s Elite category, it was Kathleen Smartt from Leeds, Hollie Peach from Sheffield and Jenna Torrie from Loughborough who took gold, silver and bronze respectively.

In the highest rank of the Double Mini Trampoline Event, which sees Men and Women compete against each other, Newcastle’s very own Matthew Dawson took Gold. 

Sunday saw a much slower turn of events. Kicking off at 10.30, teams were noticeably more tired after enjoying each others company the night before.

The standard of Synchronised Trampoline was still top notch though with the whole crowd gathering around to witness the spectacle that was the NEUT 1 category. With 17 competitors, it was the Manchester duo Leon Davies and Elisha Yorke who came out on top. 

Despite not ranking top of the team leader board, for Newcastle, competing at their home competition was still rather successful. With Matthew Dawson’s Gold in NEUT 1 DMT, Anna Carr’s Bronze in NEUT 2 Women’s Trampoline and Miles Norris who claimed the silver in the NEUT 3 Men’s trampoline event. 

These scores will all count towards the seasons NEUT Leader board where performances from all competitions will contribute and the teams will next be reconvening in Liverpool for the notorious Liver Cup on the weekend of the 10th to the 12th of December. 

The full run down of results from Geordie Cup can be found on the Tramp Online Website

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