UoP BUCS Roundup - 26 February
‘There’s no such thing as an ordinary human – The Tenth Doctor’
‘Perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well – Angelique Arnold’
If stats what it takes, then stats what it takes:
From last week’s 52% Win Ratio, Pompey upped their game to record a 55% Win Ratio, in a fixture list that was once again affected by the weather and saw multiple rearrangements, leaving us with 19 matches to get played on the day. Pompey made great headway in the cup, but there were mixed results in the league for our teams in some season deciding encounters. At Home over the weekend and yesterday Pompey recorded an impressive 60% Win Ratio, whereas away from home Pompey maintained a 50% Win Ratio, for the third week running. Our impressive 61% Overall Win Ratio, remains as a beacon of improvement, an aurora borealis of the South if you will, as a Magnificent 7 of our teams made it into their respective Cup Finals. With 4 being held at Langstone, there’s great opportunity for everyone to get behind the teams and support our heroes as they look to put Pompey on the Trophy Map on March 11th! Futsal will be in action on Saturday the 14th at Spinnaker too, a day before Varsity, so show your colours and get along to cheer the guys on!
So here we go again, here’s the best of yesterday’s action on another thrilling day of BUCS sport –
Women’s 1sts are it seems unbeatable! Yet again they proved their worth in a terrific encounter at St. Mary’s, as they came from 2-1 down to run out 3-2 winners in a dramatic final set thriller! Here’s how it played out –
Set 1: 22-25 – St. Mary’s – Set 2: 25-16 – Pompey – Set 3: 17-25 St. Mary’s – Set 4: 25-18 Pompey – Set 5: 15-6 Pompey
In terms of the Game stats, Isabela Baez topped the Successful Receives with a superb 12, from Aleksandra Kowalska  Megan Harvey  Clara Pons Marti  and Ana Pereira Bastos and Wiktoria Wysoczanska . Successful Attacks were headed up by Player of the Match, Wysoczanska with an impressive 15, from Baez and Pons Marti  Kowalska  Harvey  and Charlotte Lanssens . Assists were dominated by Bastos with an excellent haul of 20, from Angel Sumajit with 8, Harvey  Wysoczanska  Pons Marti  and Kowalska . There were 6 Aces for Baez, 4 for Pons Marti, and 2 apiece for Bastos and Wysoczanska. Wysoczanska and Lanssens record 2 Successful Blocks apiece as Pompey made it through to the Final on March 11th where they will take on Imperial 1sts in their quest for Gold. They will complete their league campaign with a trip to Medway on the 18th March, as they go looking for another win to cap a remarkable unbeaten league season to add to that outstanding Promotion to Tier 2. Congratulations to the team on an outstanding season so far!
Men’s 1sts continued on their incredible run, as they dominated proceedings in their Conference Cup Semi Final at Sussex to triumph 4-0 and claim their spot in a Langstone Final on March 11th. In the Final, they will play host to the winners of Brunel 1sts or LSE 1sts, as they look to secure a magnificent double. Alex Lewcock’s men complete their league campaign with an away trip to Brunel 1sts on March 18th as they look to end their season on a high as they advance to Tier 1 next season.
Men’s 1sts took on league rivals Sussex 1sts in the Semi Final of the Conference Cup at Langstone on the 3G yesterday, looking to make another final, and retain their Title after winning the competition last season. They got off to a great start with first half goals from Louie Gilpin – his 12th of the season – and Chad Musselwhite, and from there on out Pompey controlled the game and the final scoreline should in truth have been more convincing. It was an excellent performance though from the hosts as they ran out comfortable winners with an outstanding Man of the Match performance from Tom Parry at the back as Pompey recorded another precious clean sheet. Pompey will now face UCFB (Wembley) 2nds in the Final on March 11th, but next week they have the small matter of the league title on their minds as they play host to Brunel 1sts. Pompey can’t influence anything else, so will need to put all their focus into winning this one, with the hope that Surrey can hold Sussex to a draw or better, as the SE2A title goes to the wire!
Men’s 2nds put in a superb performance away at Kingston 1sts with a comprehensive 4-0 win on the road. Goals were scored by Semi Akinlolu who also recorded an assist, Tom Bond and Man of the Match, Azeez Eleguishi, who grabbed a brace. Olly Eales also claimed an assist as Alex McWilliam’s troops go clear in second place behind leaders St. Mary’s 2nds. The 2’s should secure second spot in their final match of the campaign with victory over Kingston who visit Langstone on Wednesday.
Men’s 1sts just keep on doing what they love best – and that’s winning and winning 7-1! After checking my trusty ‘Jai Ming See’ Badminton Compendium of 7-1 wins, I can confirm that this is in fact, the seventh time this season they have won by this scoreline. Amazing, is it not!? And if that stat didn’t blow your mind, then this team should as Pompey made it 9 from 9 in the league! Jonny Avery claimed 2 more wins in Singles, making it an incredible 22 wins from his 22 matches this season, and Navinsamy Harikrishnan grabbed another win to make it 3 from 4 in the singles. Man of the Match, Tom Wood and his Doubles partner extraordinaire Gavin Wan made it 2 from 2 in their matches and Roy Ho and Jia Ming See claimed 2 further wins, to give us that seventh 7-1 win and spark scenes of utter joy in the Sport and Rec Stat Department! It’s brilliant Badminton again as they now prepare for Surrey away next Wednesday looking to make it 10 from 10 in the league, before they take on Greenwich 1sts in the Conference Cup Final on March 11th, as another of our teams goes in search of an unbeaten season and with it a superb League and Cup Double!
On a great day for Men’s Rugby with 3 wins to celebrate, the 2nds produced arguably their best performance of the season with a stunning 34-0 bonus point win against top of the table St. George’s 1sts. Sam Chetwynd was named Man of the Match for running in 2 Tries, with Theo Allan, James Deighton and John Ashbourne also on the scoresheet for Pompey. Will Mathews kicked a penalty and two conversions with Miles Findlay adding another on a memorable afternoon at Langstone. All of this means their fate is in their own hands to stay in the Division, as they visit Reading 2nds on the final day in what is sure to be a heart-pounding encounter. Pompey have a 3 point lead on Reading but their rivals have a game in hand, but whatever Reading do, a Pompey win on the final day will see them safe and ensure Tier 2 Rugby for next season.
Men’s 3rds also claimed another win, in a close fought encounter at Langstone, 22-15, against Reading 3rds, to put them in pole position to claim the runners-up spot in Tier 4 behind unbeaten St. Mary’s 2nds. Alex Gerhard, Sam Borges and Captain David Tougher got the Tries with Zac Levin kicking 2 conversions and a penalty to give Pompey the points and their 4th league win of the campaign. Miles Albert was Man of the Match. Pompey still have 4 league matches left to play as well as that all important Plate Final on March 11th, and next up they travel to UCL 2nds on Saturday as they go in search of another win to stretch the gap over 3rd in the table Reading.
Men’s 4ths were in superb form once again, as they ran riot on the 3G against Imperial 5ths, running in 11 Tries in their 69-5 victory. A Man of the Match performance from Ben Shorrock including a hat-trick of tries was the catalyst to another huge home win. Max Benson and Charlie Mace also bagged 2 Tries apiece and Sam Coore, John Webb, Ade Owabi and the Skipper, Max Clark all crossed the whitewash. Luke Stallard was in great form with the boot with 7 conversions. This emphatic bonus point win sees the 4’s go 8 points clear at the top ahead of Sussex 3rds, but their rivals have 2 matches in hand, so Pompey will have to wait and hope, but it’s been an outstanding season for Max Clark and his men and they’ve laid down the benchmark for next season whatever happens in the remaining matches of the Tier 5 season.
The 6ths finished their season with a convincing 39-24 win over Royal Holloway to all but ensure they will finish in 4th in Tier 7, well clear of the bottom 2 at the close of play yesterday. An excellent way to round off their season at St. Paul’s.
Completely unrelated fact of the day:
Did you know that Tuesday 25th February was Shrove Tuesday, and yesterday was Ash Wednesday? Maybe, you did know this, but are you aware of these following cultural factoids about these Days of the Pancakes!?
Dating back 1,000 years plus, Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, was a day of feasting and seen as a way of using up leftover and fatty foods before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday . Lent of course is the period of 40 days leading up to Easter, and traditionally seen as a time of fasting. On Shrove Tuesday, Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession and were absolved from their sins, or ‘Shriven’ as the phrase was coined, with Shrove being the past tense of Shriven, we arrive at the phrase – Shrove Tuesday. The rest, as they say is History.
Why Ash Wednesday? Why call a Wednesday – Ash? Well, allow me to illuminate you, whilst you debate if that strawberry sauce really does go well with flaked almonds and icing sugar… In Rome, penitents began their period of public penance on the first day of Lent. The penitents were sprinkled with ashes, dressed in sackcloth, and obliged to remain apart until they were reconciled with the Christian community on Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter, which falls on April 9, this year. So, that’s what puts the Ash in Ash Wednesday!
In the modern world, Shrove Tuesday has very much like me, gone off on a tangent and veered away from its religious origins, to morph into a celebration of all things ‘Pancake’ – Here’s a few things, I bet you never knew…and if you did, well just pretend…everyone loves surprises after all!
The largest pancake ever made measured was a whopping 15 metres and weighed in at three tonnes! Rumours tell that the Russian, Andrei Smirnov, who ate 73 pancakes in one hour, a record to this day, kept the pancake, reanimated it and cares for it in the Museum of ‘Small Karelians’ in the village of Malye Korely in the Primorsky District of Arkhangelsk Oblast in northern Russia. I have a local P.I firm looking into this one for me, as some of this just sounds plain silly.
Before baking soda was invented, chefs used fresh snow as it contains ammonia, this helped the pancakes come out fluffy and soft. I don’t know the exact recipe, but if you do try this at home, don’t use the yellow snow thinking this is already flavoured with lemon!
In France and the United States, Shrove Tuesday is also referred to as ‘Mardi Gras’ which means ‘Fat’ or ‘Grease Tuesday,’ not to be confused with the ‘Grease Tuesday’ run by the John Travolta fan club of course. Most people will recognise Mardi Gras as being the famous festival that floods the streets of New Orleans, where curiously perverted individuals carrying beads ask others to show them things in public that should most definitely remain private. I will show you my Mr. Darcy if you show me your Elizabeth Bennet, and so on and so forth, honestly it’s all rather vulgar and crass and would never take place in the rolling green hills of fair England. In fact, the last time I attended Mardi Gras, mistakenly thinking I was going to a Moody Grass concert, a favourite Indie Band of mine at the time, I was approached by one of these ‘Bead People’ and so, understanding the true meaning of the festival, I smiled and simply squirted lemon and sugar in their beady little eyes! Here endeth the Lesson! Knowledge is power…
So I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Round Up and any Pancakes you may have consumed, we will be back soon with updates on the Purple Boot standings and the Weekend Wash Up with the latest from American Football’s playoff match against Southampton, Futsal’s trip to Hertfordshire and Rugby 3rds as they travel to UCL – and probably, much, much more…