5 Stages of Post-Varsities Blues

Recently Limerick played host to the 60th Basketball Varsities. The Courtside Collective would like to draw attention to an aspect of the tournament that is often swept under the rug… Post-Varsities Blues. Let us be a light in these dark, dark times as we take you through the 5 stages.


While some players experience this during Varsities (in particular if they believe the highly qualified referees have missed a call), it’s not unusual for a full scale meltdown to occur while preparing to rejoin normal society after the messiest weekend of the year. Warning signs to look out for include an unprecedented frustration at not being able to get all your gear back in your bag, despite the fact that you now only have approximately half of what you brought.


You’ve just pushed the human body to it’s maximum level of exhaustion. And then you played some basketball. Obviously you need to recover in the most efficient way, by eating your weight in chocolate, sleeping for 36-48 hours and watching The Lion King so you can cry without anyone judging you.

The Cure


After spending a glorious weekend playing, eating and generally living it up with your team mates, it’s only natural to miss waking up next to perhaps the only people in the world who can tell you what exactly happened last night. And where your shoes are.

Classic symptoms of post-varsities blues


We’ve all been there – the team is losing a key veteran player, someone who brings something special to the court and to the bar. The next logical step is to convince them that they should stop being so selfish and enrol for some Post Graduate study, for the good of the team.


The final stage of coping with life after Varsities, when you can look back on the good times you had, the shots you made on court and the sweet spin moves you made to the bar. A little like buying your coach a drink so that you get can get minutes the next day, going through the 5 stages is the price you pay for the Varsity experience. Same again next year.




Inspired by a childhood of watching American TV shows, Fiona jumped at the chance to join the school basketball club when the opportunity arose. Those idyllic lunch time practices were a welcome release from seemingly endless days of English, Maths and Geography. She went on to continue playing for Queen’s University Club and Varsity teams and still hasn’t left them. Fiona has been involved in various aspects of basketball life, acting as women’s Ulster League Convenor, statistician, coach, and player (though not all at the same time – she can multi-task, but that would be ridiculous).

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