UoP BUCS Roundup - 20 November
'Competing at the highest level is not about winning. It's about preparation, courage, understanding and nurturing your people, and heart. Winning is the result.' – Joe Torre.
Stats 70s show...?
Collating results, beneath the light of a fading candle in my dungeon beneath the city, my pulse became slightly elevated, hovering at 41 beats a minute, as I understood the true value of what our teams had achieved upon this dank, autumn morn. My eyebrow – on loan from the Natural History Museum – was raised in what can only be described as a bout of mild perplexity, as I came to realise that we had reached a season high 65% Win Ratio in all Away competitions over the last 5 days.
My foot began to tap and I even pushed up a little off my chair, showing a keenness I'd not experienced since scrumping apples as a boy. Was I to believe that our clubs had reached an incredible 81% Win Ratio in all Home matches? Yes, for it was as true as it was yet another season's high.
At this stage, my cortex fizzed with a concept that was believed impossible apart from in ancient Tibet. Twas a notion too giddy to comprehend, but as the results settled in the dust beneath my feet, I had to face reality – did we cross that barrier, that sacred ground where only the very special have trodden?
Did we reach the immortal 70% Win Ratio!?
Like all good epic tales of blood, sweat, bravery and glory, this one starts out with a tragic anticlimax, as Pompey recorded a still staggering – season high Overall Win Ratio of 69%!
An outstanding achievement, but wonderful that it leaves room for improvement...in the words of Kim Collins – 'Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection.'
Men's 1st's continued the defence of their SE Conference Cup crown with an excellent 3-2, away win at Brighton 3rds to send them into the Quarter Finals. Ben Starr opened the scoring for the 1's, following up from a Chad Musselwhite Free Kick to put Pompey 1 up, before they were pegged back by their hosts. Louie Gilpin grabbed his 8th of the season, with a real poacher's effort to put Pompey back in control just after the break and it was, the man himself, Dylan Riches nabbing his first goal for the Magnificent Men that made it 3-1 to the visitors and despite a late consolation, Pompey held on to make it through to secure a last 8 berth.
Another tricky tie for Men's 2nds, saw them head to St. Mary's 3rds, and despite the distractions of difficult circumstances, the 2's displayed faultless concentration to come away with a superb 3-0 win on the road. Man of the Match, Orrin Durrant set the tone with a performance N'Golo Kante would have been proud of. Goals from top scorers, Calum Reeves and Semi Akinlolu and another from Olly Eales saw Pompey through to the next round where they now face the 1sts in an all-Portsmouth tie at Langstone in February, which guarantees the UPFC to have a representative in the Semi Final stages.
Women's 1sts made it 4 from 4 in League and Cup, and they were in dominant form at Spinnaker, winning in straight sets [25-13, 25-15, 25-11] to record a 3-0 win against Brighton 1sts. Player of the Match, Megan Harvey, Carolina Bastos and Clara Pons Marti topped the Successful Receives stats with 3 apiece, with Wiktoria Wysoczanka top of Successful Attacks with 8, from Harvey with 6 and Pons Marti with 5. Wysoczanka and Harvey topped the Blocks with 1 each and Carolina Bastos recorded an excellent 21 Assists on the day. Dina Grosu was the Ace in the pack with a superb 6 service aces to take Pompey through to an away Quarter Final in February at either Royal Holloway or Kingston 1sts.
Women's 1sts cruised through their Last 16 match away at Goldsmiths, running out impressive 88-31 winners. Leah Parcell continued her magnificent recent form with a season high 24 points, Player of the Match, Lucie Darde continued her excellent form with 16 points, with Angeliki Papagianni and Lili Pajer  Captain, Alicia Veale, Alexandra Touzet and Marisa Gonzales  Itziar Lavina Gonzalez and Alba Brotons Moreno  and Melissa Rivollier  completing the scoring for the visitors. After a series of impressive performances, this win now sees the 1's travel to St. Mary's 1sts in the Quarter Finals on the 12th of February, with the promise of a Home Semi Final to follow.
Netball 1sts made home advantage tell to beat Holloway 1sts 60-17, to progress to the Quarter Finals. The 1's have now secured a Home tie against league rivals, St. Mary's 1sts on the 12th Feb, in a shootout for a semi final place. This one should be a humdinger!
The Super 4's went sailing through to the next round of the Conference Plate competition with a season-high performance, especially from all 3 shooters who all recorded a 100% success shooting ratio in at least one Quarter of the game. This 62-32 victory over St. Mary's 3rds at St. Paul's makes it an astonishing 6 wins from 6 for the team in league and cup this season. Player of the Match Freya Marlow led the way with 39 points, supported by Hannah Nash  and Sarah Exall . Captain, Lucy Moyse and Emily Mills led the Rebounds stats with 4 apiece, from Nash and Marlow  and Exall . Top of the Tips was Moyse  from Mills  Abi Elms, Ebony McIntyre and Taylor Coleman . Clean Intercepts were led again by Moyes and Mills with 4 each, from Elms  and Coleman . This win now sets up a Quarter Final tie away at Surrey 4ths, for the Super 4's as they look to put their name on some silverware in March.
Women's 1sts progressed to the Quarter Finals following a comfortable 7-1 Home win over Essex 2nds. Kavya Cynthia Sathiyarajan won both her singles in straight sets as did Hau Yi Lau. Weishan Low & Katharyn Wataranan won both their Doubles matches with Halimah Tasnim and Nur Azrin Azizan also claiming a win in the Doubles format to send Pompey through. In the next round on February 5th, they will take on the winners of Brighton 1sts v Chichester 1sts in a Home Tie at Spinnaker.
Men's 1sts were awarded victory by Holloway 2nds to set up an away Quarter Final against Holloway 1sts. Next up the 1sts return to league action and play host to 2nd in the table, Surrey 1sts at Spinnaker on the 27th. We'll wait to see if Jia Ming See, gets to make his long awaited return from injury, so make sure you're here next week for all the latest breaking news from the wonderful world of Badminton.
Pompey triumphed 6-0 over King's College, making it 2 from 2 at Fortress Meon Valley, in an incredibly competitive SE1A this term. This win sends them third in the table, with only 3 points now separating 1st from 5th. Huge wins for the in-form Dan Colman [8 and 7] Iain Clarke [8 and 7] Sean Doyle [5 and 3] Nick Roebuck [3 and 1] and Byes for Jack Fairhall and Harry Brown saw Pompey to maximum points. Next up they face back to back league matches at Meon against Reading 1sts and 2nds, where Pompey will be looking to overturn the narrow away defeats of the opening weeks of the season, to keep them in touch with the pacesetters in Tier 1.
– onto Ultimate now as their impressive start to the BUCS Outdoor season continues apace, and so once again, I'll pass you onto this week's report from Club Captain, Tom White.
'Coming into the game we knew this was going to be a turning point for the team, to decide if we finally had a team and strategy that works. Sublime (UoP) have only won at Langstone twice in over a year, with very unconvincing score lines at that, so the team were extremely motivated to pull out the win. With wind conditions gusting around 23 mph it was going to be a game of upwind throwing and reading the disc in vital situations. We worked on the principle of throwing into and with the wind, and this heavily paid off. When the game got underway, we dominated the defence with a slow starting offence, however due to the high-pressured defence we managed to save ourselves countless times, working the disc back up the field and maintaining possession, forcing errors from Brighton. Eventually due to our calm offence we managed to go 6 points clear. Eventually, our defence was broken, and Brighton secured their first point of the match, leaving us 8-1 up after the first half. After the break, before the first line could regain their breath, our second line had already scored. Some huge bids for the Frisbee in the second half, from Cameron Lewis, Stephen Heather and myself, pumped the team up, resulting in a huge break away, to take us well clear. Brighton earned another well deserved point but the game ended 15-2, capping an historic win for Portsmouth, having never won by that scoreline in 4 years at home. A huge team effort and a 100% win ratio at home for Sublime...'
Cameron Lewis  Patrick Sowden  Dan Squire and Harry White  Ben Kilgariff, Steven Heather, Harry Allen and Greenwood  got the points on the day with Michael Wakelyn-Green  Allen  Nick Stonehouse and Charlie White  Thomas White, Robbie Bratchell and Lewis  claiming the assists. Tobias Greenwood was voted MVP. All that meant that Pompey ended the day top of the SE2A standings at the half-way stage in the Tier 2 competition.
Women's 1sts were comfortable winners against St. Mary's at the Portsmouth Tennis Centre, winning their Last 16 match, 5-1 – to set up a February Quarter Final away at Surrey 1sts or Queen Mary 1sts. Mishgahn Omer, Laila El Atfy, Player of the Match, Emma Booker-Milburn and Margherita Ober all won their Singles encounters, with Emma Booker-Milburn and Margherita Ober successful in their Doubles match to record the fifth point for the home side and take them to a well-earned victory.
Men's 2nds were involved in an absolute thriller that ran on into the early evening after a 12 o clock start. It began promisingly for the hosts, but after a couple of very tight matches going the way of visitors, Canterbury, everything finished all square following the Singles matches, with wins for James Wright [6-1, 4-6, 6-4] and Dmitry Andrianov [6-2, 6-1]. After falling behind in the Doubles, Man of the Match, Ellis Drayton and Jonathan Stammers were involved in an absolute classic coming out winners, 7-5, 1-6, 10-7, following a third set tiebreak. With the match at 3-3, this one went to a shootout, where once again Portsmouth and Canterbury could not be split after the Singles with Andrianov winning his match, 10-7 to set up a decider with James Wright and Ellis Drayton coming through in the Doubles, 10-5, to make it 2-1 to Pompey in the shootout, and finally bringing to an end a pulsating five and a half hours of top quality tennis! The 2nds now have a Home draw in the Quarter Finals, where they will come up against the winner of Royal Holloway 1st or Surrey 2nds in February. What an afternoon!
Women's 1sts were emphatic victors, 41-10 at Home to Brighton 1sts on the 3G at Langstone to secure their place in the next round where they will travel to Essex 1sts in the Quarter Finals in February.
In the all Pompey Last 16 clash it was Men's 3rds that got the better of their 4th team counterparts to book their place in the Quarter Finals of the SE Conference Plate on an arctic afternoon at Langstone. Man of the Match, Theo Allen, David Hayes, Eddie Baldwin and Tom Shaw crossed the whitewash for the 3rds with Baldwin knocking over a conversion as they ran out 22-12 winners. Mahdi Asgari was MOM for the 4ths, for whom, Max Benson and Charlie Macs got the Tries, with Adam Tucker knocking over a conversion. The 3rds now get to welcome either UCFB 1sts or Chichester 2nds to Langstone in February, as they go Trophy hunting in the New Year.
And last but by no mean's least, the ever impressive Men's 1sts recorded the most emphatic win of the day, knocking out King's College 4ths, 15-0, to progress to the Quarter Finals of the Conference Cup. They now travel to King's College 2nds on the 12th February with their aim set on a Semi Final spot and who knows what beyond that. A great result in a continuing standout season for the 1sts.
Completely unrelated fact of the day:
In the wake of the forthcoming General Election, I thought we'd get all political this week... so did you know that there have been a surprisingly large number of non-human electoral candidates who have been been accepted as candidates or even won office. In recent years, these include, in 2014, in the town of Idyllwild, California, a golden retriever named Max II, who became 'Mayor for life,' in a very different way in which a Supermarket 'Bag for Life' works it has to be said. In the same year, a 7-year-old Dog, by the name of Duke became Mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota. A cat named Sweet Tart became mayor of Omena, Michigan in July 2018 and in March 2019, a 3-year-old, Nubian Goat – Lincoln – was elected as mayor of Fair Haven, Vermont, defeating a Samoyed Dog named Sammie by the narrow margin of two votes. At the time of going to press all candidates were unavailable to comment except Sweet Tart who had this to say – 'Miaow, Miaow, Miaow...Mix...'
You've been as resilient and as brave as the combined forces of Togo the Sled Dog, Cher Ami the Pigeon and Scarlett the Cat....[Google them...] for withstanding the full force of the November elements, whereas I am suffering from heatstroke following random purchases of a jumper and hat combo that would make a Sea Otter jealous!