BUCS Results: 30 November 2016

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Bucks got off to a mixed start in this game week with three losses and two medals on the weekend. 3-0 defeats for Cricket & Women’s Volleyball plus a hard fought 6-4 loss against Brunel 2nd for Futsal were an unfortunate contrast to the performance of Bucks Taekwondo at the Imperial Open Championships.

Gold and Bronze medals were achieved by Rayon Williams and Rohel Banez respectively, the latter, unfortunately having to concede a chance at Gold due to injury. Despite the varied results, a busy Wednesday including THREE away Varsity Rehearsals meant that other Bucks teams had to step up to gain a positive win percentage for the week.

Netball 1sts were affected by injuries but started strongly against top-of-the-league Reading 2nds. Despite a resilient 3rd and 4th quarter, they left themselves with too much to do and conceded a 36-39 loss. Golf & Men’s Volleyball lost 6-0 and 3-0 but were always in for a tough time against Bournemouth and Chichester – who are second in Premier South and SE 2A respectively.

In contrast, Women’s Volleyball made up for their weekend disappointment beating QMUL 2nds 3-0 and Men’s Basketball finally stepped up beating Sussex 1st 78-69. Point Guard Paulin Jardim dominated the court with a series of rim-shaking dunks and a fade-away three-pointer on the final buzzer.

As previously mentioned, three Varsity rehearsals took place for Bucks FC 1st XI & both Badminton teams. The Badminton club secured 4-4 draws which ensures 29 March will be very tasty affair...

In a week where we needed responses, no club responded more so than the entirety of Bucks FC. For the first time for as long as I remember, Bucks FC went undefeated. The ladies travelled over 2 hours to a secure a 5-0 win including a hat-trick from Louise Bennett. Bucks FC 5th XI picked up their first point of the season in a 3-3 draw against QMUL 5ths; Bucks FC 4th XI (with the help of Rugby 1st XV fly-half Devin Brooks at centre-back) registered their first win of the season –  4-3 away to Brighton 5ths; the 3rd XI grabbed their maiden league win of the campaign beating Surrey 3rds 4-2 away. Finally, the 1st XI went toe-to-toe in their league fixture against the enemy – University of Roehampton and came back with a sensational last minute 2-1 victory. A penalty from captain Ben French, a scrappy last minute winner from experienced winger John Uwimana and an MOTM performance from 1st year centre-back Alex Devine fully registered the belief that they can not only win the league, not only win Varsity but they can whitewash Roehampton 1st XI 3-0.

Bucks have a history of starting slow and picking up momentum just before Christmas and this was definitely the case with us winning our first Varsity trophy last season. It’s been a good week, let’s keep the intensity going.

17 Wednesdays left, be prepared to do your job.


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