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28 May 2013 | in NUSF News

Portuguese University Championship Finals: 12 New Champions!

LISBOA – The University of Beira Interior Student’s Union (AAUBI) organised the biggest University Sports event in Portugal – the Portuguese University Championship Finals (CNUs). The event held between the cities of Covilhã, Fundão and Belmonte, had more than 2,200 participants, from 15 to 25 April.

With 117 teams, representing 31 different clubs, and after 210 games, the 12 National University Champions were determined.

In the first week, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria was the Champion in women’s Handball. In the men’s competition, the winner was, for the fifth time in a row, the University of Minho Students Union, a team that won the bronze medal at the 2012 EUSA Games.

In the Basketball section, University of Aveiro Students Union was the women’s champion, a team that also took part in the EUSA Games last year. The men’s gold medal went to the University of Coimbra Student Union.

In football, only a men’s competition was played. The championship title went to the University of Minho beating the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria in the final. Two weeks later, the University of Porto women’s team won the gold medal in football 7.

In the second week the event under the aegis of the Portuguese University Sports Federation (FADU) hosted the Futsal (female/male), Roller Hockey (male), Rugby 7s (male/female) and Volleyball (female/male) competitions.

It were great times for the University of Minho that won both Futsal competitions. The men’s team, 2nd place in the 2012 EUSA GAMES, won the national title for the 4th time in a row, and the women’s team for the 1st time since 2005.

The University of Minho Student’s Union also won the women’s volleyball championship, which it hadn’t won since 2010. The men’s title went to the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, after a 3-year drought.

Coimbra Student’s Union claimed both titles in Rugby 7s. The University of Coimbra also won the Roller Hockey men’s championship, beating the University of Porto in overtime.

This event had some interesting numbers. About 180 volunteers worked in various areas of the event, mostly students from Secondary Schools and the University of Beira Interior. Thousands attended the games. In addition to the hundreds of people present in the stands, so many others were following live reports on the official Facebook page. These reports generated 4,500 views per day of traffic on the CNUs page. The 9 finals broadcast live streaming had over 7,800 views. The Futsal finals, men’s and women’s, captured most of the public's attention, with 1,400 views each.

Now, the winning teams prepare their participation for the 2013 European Universities Championships.

(Source: FADU)