UoP BUCS Roundup - 13 November
'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together' – African Proverb.
In a week where Pompey redefined being pipped at the post, things could have been so much different for our teams in BUCS action, but I guess that's why we love the intoxicating buzz of competitive sport and why we all love the highs when we are confronted by such gut wrenching lows. It certainly wasn't all bad though, and Pompey's return to league action saw them record an overall Win Ratio of 55%. It speaks volumes that this is a joint season low, and shows how well everyone has been performing this season. As I just said in the office a moment ago, to a revered, respectful silence – A bump in the road may slow you down it does not mean that the road cannot be travelled... I then got pelted with abuse and eggs, but that's not the point...
We begin with some breaking news from Snowsports from last weekend. So before we tuck into a feast of Wednesday action – Here's Tom Moriarty with a winter treat and a superb update on some fantastic news from the world of BUCS Snowboarding.
We competed at the BUCS Snowsports Dryslope Championships at the weekend, and you’ll be happy to hear the club gained 34 BUCS Points over the weekend. In the snowboard Giant Slalom on Friday, Tom Sweet placed 4th and myself [Tom Moriarty] 1st. In the team dual slalom we unfortunately got knocked out in the first round by the eventual winners Newcastle, but we were happy with the 16 BUCS Points on Day 1. On Saturday in the snowboard Parallel Slalom, unfortunately Tom Sweet and myself met in the semi-finals in the tightest race of the whole competition, leaving us unable to gain a 1-2, but Tom Sweet manage 3rd and myself 1st, bringing home a further 18 BUCS Points.
With wins in his first two events this season, it's looking good for Tom, who will be attending the BUCS Dome Series South on the 20th November. Unfortunately whilst this is a BUCS affiliated event, there are no BUCS points available, only at the final held on 11th March.
Everyone works so hard throughout the BUCS season in our multiple sports, so to receive news like this to swell our collective BUCS Point coffers is fantastic! Great work from Moriarty and Sweet and we'll have further updates from how our Skiers got on in the forthcoming Weekend Wash Up.
Now to Wednesday's action, where we begin at Langstone...
Women's 1sts recorded their 3rd Prem' win of the season in what turned out to be thriller on the 3G. Though Pompey dominated possession, Herts were always in the game on the break and after a flurry of goals during a crazy period midway through the half including Frankie Webster's 6th of the season and Sarah Saunders grabbing her 4th with a sublime lob, it was as late as the 83 minute when a Kennedy Rankin screamer, finally sealed the points for the Home team. Saunders and Charlotte Long provided the assists on the day and the Player of the Match went to Georgia Hodgetts for an assured performance at the back. A great win for the 1's to take them to an impressive all time high in the Prem' South standings sitting 3rd behind Bristol and Cardiff Met. Next up, Pompey travel to 4th placed Bath in what is sure to be another entertaining encounter.
Men's 1sts went top of the table, after an excellent 3-1 win on the 3G at Langstone against title rivals Surrey. In what is proving to be an incredibly competitive SE2A, where anyone can beat anyone on the day, the 1sts have recovered from a slow start to take their place at the summit as we approach the half way stage. That man, Louie Gilpin was on hand to put Pompey one up after another assist by Ben Starr who added a second for the hosts with a superb curling effort after beating a bevy of defenders. Man of the Match, Joe McClean with an absolute cracker made it 3-0 before the visitors pulled one back to deny Pompey a second consecutive clean sheet. A great day at the office for the 1's, who travel to Brighton 3rds next week as they continue the defence of their Conference Cup crown.
The 2nds made it 2 from 2 for Women's Football on the day, with a vital 2-0 win at Langstone to see them pull clear of their neighbours at the bottom of SE2A to join Surrey on 4 points. Chloe Fitzsimmons settled Pompey's nerves in the derby scoring direct from a corner to put them one up after 15 minutes, but they had to wait until 70 minutes when Charlotte Willis-Sloane's assist was buried by Lydia Silber to spark scenes of joy on W1, as Pompey secured a much needed first win of the season. Next up for the 2's is a trip to UCFB Wembley in a fortnight's time.
Men's 3rds secured their first league win of the season under the lights at Langstone, running out 4-1 winners to lift them into mid-table. Two goals from Man of the Match, Adaini Carrera and two from Jack Grover were enough to sink local rivals, Chichester 4ths. The 3rds travel to Brighton 3rds in the league in two weeks time, looking to claw back lost ground on the current leaders.
Men's 5ths made it 3 from 3 in the league to keep pace with Kingston 2's as they dominated at Medway, in a 4-1 victory that could have and should have probably been more emphatic. Top Scorer, Rhys Gillings, Tyrhys Luko, Jamie Odoki and Ben Chev got the goals, with Chev also on hand for an impressive 3 assists with Said Al-Bawarni getting the other. Joe Speller was Man of the Match as the 5ths continue their run of good form. It's a week off now before they travel to Kingston for their top of the table clash on the 27th, in what is sure to be an absolute belter!
The 2nds continued their winning run with a 57-23 win away at Chichester 2nds to make it back to back victories against neighbours Chi as well as going 4 from 4 to keep them 3 points ahead of Holloway 1sts on top of SE3A. Annabelle Couchman was impressive again with 47 points with support from Maha Bryan  and Caitlin Johnson . Captain's Player, Mia Scott led the way alongside Alex Wilford and Kristie Buckingham with 2 Rebounds apiece from Caitlin Johnson with 1. Buckingham was top of the tips with 7, from Scott and Wilford  Evie Harris-Jenkins  and Johnson, Bryan and Oppo's Player of the Match, Rosie Rusga . Wilford headed the Clean Intercepts stats with 5, from Scott  Harris-Jenkins  Johnson, Buckingham and Emily King . Another great day for the 2's who travel to Kingston 1sts in the Conference Cup next week.
The Super 4's were at it again, recording a huge victory, 62-9 against Brunel at St. Paul's to make it 4 from 4 in the league and 5 from 5 for the season. Hannah Nash  and Oppo's Player of the Match, Freya Marlow  got the points for Pompey who were in dominant mood. Captain, Lucy Moyse led the way in Rebounds with 7, from Nash  and Marlow and Emily Mills . Top of the Tips was Ebony McIntyre  from Marlow  Abi Elms  Moyse and Mills  and Nash . Mills topped the Clean Intercepts with 6, from McIntyre  Moyse, Mills and Marlow  and Nash . Captain's Player of the Match Award was shared between Emily Mills and Hannah Nash, in another strong team performance. Next in the league, the Super 4's head to unbeaten Surrey on the 27th, but first there's more Conference Plate action when Moyse and her team take on St. Mary's in a Home Tie looking to seal a place in the Quarter Finals.
The 5ths made it another winning Wednesday and continued their unbeaten start, making it 4 from 4 overall and 3 from 3 in the league, to head to the summit in Tier 6. Captain, Eleanor Hayes with 39 and Daisy Bennett with 31 got the goals in a convincing 70-32 victory at New Bucks 1sts. Oppo's Player of the Match was Alex Kerr with Captain's Player going to Daisy McVicar. Next up the 5ths head to Surrey 3rds in the Conference Cup on the 20th November.
Men's 1sts made it 4 wins from 4 with a home success over 3rd Placed Holloway 1sts, running out 6-2 winners, to send them 5 points clear at the top of Tier 2. Chai Chee Hou and Tom Wood remained unbeaten for the season as they recorded two wins in the Doubles and Gavin Wan and Titouan Ruffle added another to make it 3 out of 4 in the doubles on the day. Pompey added 3 singles wins, with one from Jonathan Mak and two from Man of the Match, Jonathan Avery, who also maintained his unbeaten record and set the seal on another important victory. They entertain Holloway 2nds in the Conference Cup next week with their sights set on a Quarter Final place, where all eyes will be trained on Jia Ming See, who if rumours in the press are correct, could be set to make that long awaited return from injury. Tune in next week to see how he and the team get on.
Men's 2nds earned their second win of the season to climb to fourth in Tier 3 as they were awarded a Walkover from St. George's in their scheduled match at Spinnaker to complete a full house for Badminton in their competitive matches yesterday.
Women's 1sts claimed their 2nd win of the season to make it 2 from 2 in the league and 3 from 3 overall, to send them top of Tier 3 after a straight sets victory over neighbours Chichester, 25-11, 25-16, 25-14. Topping the Successful Receives was Dina Grosu and Player of the Match, Wiktoria Wysoczanka with 11, along with Athina Dimitreli  and Clara Pons Marti and Magdalena Debkowska . Wysoczanka dominated Successful Attacks with 8, from Dimitreli  and Pons Marti . Ana Pereira Bastos topped the Assists with 8 from Angel Sumajit  whilst Pons Marti led the way on Aces with 4 from Grosu's 3. A superb victory for Pompey who host Brighton next week in the next round of the Conference Cup.
Men's 1sts also won in straight sets – 25-15, 25-14, 25-19, against Brunel 2nds, to keep them in 3rd level on points with Greenwich and 3 points off unbeaten East London. Callum Anderson and Eliot McFarlane topped the Successful Receives stats with 4 apiece, from Francesco Veronesi with 3. McFarlane also led the Successful Attacks with 6 from Player of the Match, Andrej Schmack  with Lekan Oladele top of the Blocks with 2. Anderson dominated the Assists with a superb 16, and there was an Ace apiece for Kyle Uy, Samuel Maniak and Anderson as Pompey secured a comfortable win in the evening match at Spinnaker. Next for the 1sts is a trip to New Bucks as they look to progress to the Quarter Finals of the Conference Cup.
Men's 2nds secured a much needed 3-0 home win against Brunel gaining maximum points to send them second in the SE3A table behind unbeaten Sussex 3rds. Nick Cade, Henry Letch and Xavier Crossman all won comfortably in straight sets to secure the victory at Spinnaker. The 2's now head to Roehampton 2nds in two week's time, as they look to cement their place in the higher echelons of the Third Tier.
Men's 1sts were involved in an end to end encounter at home to Brunel, where honours were even come the final whistle – 3-3 – on the Astro at Langstone. This point keeps Pompey top of SE2B on 10 points, 3 clear from 2nd placed UCL 1sts. They travel to LSE looking to maintain this gap on the 27th, but before then they host King's College 4ths at Langstone in the Conference Cup as they bid to make the Quarters.
Completely unrelated fact of the day:
After feeling a little crushed about some narrow defeats for our teams yesterday, it got me thinking about a little known fact. Recent scientific studies have revealed that a 'crush' – a brief but intense infatuation for someone, especially someone unattainable – lasts for exactly 4 months. One minute, possibly even one second, over and unfortunately you are head over heels, helplessly in love... and upon such matters have you ever noticed how that when you're 'crushing' on someone the name of your victim, sorry, target, sorry, beloved, appears to be everywhere!? Well, that's not just a bonkers coincidence, oh no, that is known as the – Baader Meinhof Phenomenon. Technically defined as – where one stumbles upon some obscure piece of information—often an unfamiliar word or name—and soon afterwards encounters the same subject again, often repeatedly. I can vouch for the authenticity of such things as I married Dame Baader Meinhof after attending a 4 month conference about the Baader Meinhof Phenomenon. Fortunately I only attended the recent Katie Hopkins Festival for a period of 3 months and 29 days...
You've been like sunshine through a storm-cloud, Pompey and for my part, well I'll leave you with a quote sent to me by Golf's, Nick Roebuck – which may be quite pertinent today, so take heed and take heart –
'The whole secret is to cultivate a mental approach to the game that will enable you to shrug off the bad days, keep patient and know in your heart that sooner or later you will be back on Top' – Arnold Palmer.