The week started with Futsal travelling to Derby in the National Futsal Trophy and American Football playing their first home game of the season. In a close encounter, the journey was not a successful one with Derby triumphing 12-8 and Bucks exiting the competition they won 2 years ago at the last 32 stage. American Football took 20 players to their home fixture against a strong Brunel side who had over double the number of players to Bucks, and were considerably bigger. The team put in an incredible effort and only lost 14-0.
On Wednesday, Athletics took the trip to Lee Valley Athletic Centre for their first competition of the year at the SESSA Indoor Championships. First event of the day saw Marlo Russo come 2nd in his 60m heat! Gaining his first power of 10, allowing him to compete in the BUCS Sheffield Championship. McNeil and Spillane competed in their first ever race in 400m, where they both broke their personal PB records. Moving into the afternoon the girls made their mark - with Emily winning bronze in the Women's Shotput event. Kayleigh (our secretary) went into the 60m sprints and left with her head high, by beating her personal best too! All 3 boys in our field event for Shotput (Neale, Soubra and Snook) raised the bar throwing further than they ever had, with two finishing in the top 6. Phil Flynn and McNeil brought the challenge in the 800m race! With McNeil doing this race for his first time and finishing with a PB. Flynn smashed his PB and even though he sustained an injury around the 400m mark, still qualified for the BUCS Sheffield Tournament and gained his power of 10 also. Overall Bucks New Uni brought the challenge to SESSA's, left with some brilliant PB's , experience of competing, a medal, and athletes progressing onto higher levels of competition in the near future. Job well done!
Wednesday's BUCS fixtures got off to a fantastic start with Men’s Badminton ending the term on a high, winning their first game of the season 5-3 against St Mary’s after a couple of draws in previous games. The good news continued shortly after with Golf securing a 5-1 victory and their second win of the season against University of South Wales. The result meant that Bucks leapfrogged USW in the Premier South table.
Bucks FC could not continue their fine showing last week with a number of defeats this time around. The 2nd and 5th teams both had home games against Surrey 2nd and UCFB 6ths (Wembley) and were on the wrong end of 5-1 and 3-0 scorelines respectively. There was another Varsity warm up with Bucks FC 4ths playing against Roehampton 3rds however, we were on the receiving end of a 5-3 defeat despite a strong 2nd half performance – the will look to rectify the result in the return fixture after Christmas. On a brighter note, Men’s Football 1st team carried their momentum on following last week’s victory over Roehampton, with a 2-1 victory away at St Mary’s 2nd to continue their strong season and remain in a strong position to win the league.
Netball 1sts and 2nds both lost at home to Portsmouth 2nds and West London 1st respectively with the Netball 1st team recruiting a couple of the Women's Basketball team to play due to a shortage of players. There was also a 13-0 loss for Men’s Hockey against Reading 3rds, a major improvement on the previous result earlier on the season.
After their exploits playing for Netball, our girls resorted back to what they do best and helped women’s basketball continue their undefeated season with a close fought 55-54 victory over Sussex, despite losing 2 players through injury during the game. Finally, we must crown our team of the week. This week it goes to Men’s Badminton for their first win of the season! Congratulations boys!