UoP BUCS Roundup - 30 October
'Some believe that it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I've found. I found it is the small things. Every day deeds by ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay.' – Gandalf
Now stats scary:
After last week and the 64% Win Ratio that changed the world, we faced a week of horror, uncertainty and dread. Though we were not alone in having to tackle this Leviathan – known only in some parts as The Consolidator, it doth raised its cruel head and did its best to chomp down upon our valiant heroes in Purple with furious resentment. Undaunted, Pompey laughed in its face, and through adversity, illness, broken alarms, invisible teammates and even venues...! they met it head on and were rewarded with a fortress-like Home Win Ratio of 67% and an overall Win Ratio of 56% – which left me reminiscing about Theoden and his response to the armies of Saruman at Helm's Deep...
'Is that all you can conjure, Consolidation Week?'
Bring on March the 4th... For we are Pompey and we are ready!
Our leading lights from Women’s Football grabbed the headlines again yesterday as they grabbed their second league win of the season against Cardiff on the 3G at Langstone, to leave them sitting comfortably in mid-table in Prem' South. Despite being behind at the break, Pompey were superb in a thrilling second half which saw Frankie Webster take the plaudits with some ice cool finishing to bag an astonishing 4 goals – making it 5 for the season – in Pompey's superb 5-3 victory. Player of the Match, Sarah Saunders buried a screamer into the top corner for the hosts and claimed a superb assist, with the impressive Sharna Capel-Watson also claiming 2 assists on the day. Pompey will be looking to take this form into next week, where they host Herts, as they seek to put some pressure on Bath who sit just a point above them in the table.
Men's 1sts were also in sublime form as they overcame Chichester 2nds at Langstone 5-2. Louie Gilpin with 2 – and also 5 for the season – Ben Starr, Ben Linter and Alex Fitz got the goals with the impressive Linter also picking up the Man of the Match award to give Pompey their first win of the season.
Men's 5ths did remarkably well to get to their match yesterday, yet alone take the win against Goldsmiths 2nds by a 6-1 margin. A terrific effort of concentration, resilience and patience by Adam Kerr and his men, as Man of the Match, Tyrhys Luko bagged an impressive hattrick, Rhys Gillings got a brace and Jamie Odoki got the other to leave the 6ths joint top with Kingston 2nds in Tier 6. Next up for the 5ths Imperial are the visitors as they get their Conference Plate campaign underway at Langstone.
Men's Badminton 1sts travelled to leafy Guildford yesterday, and returned triumphant after seeing off Surrey in dominant fashion, 7-1. Jonny Avery, maintained his perfect record, and Roy Ho, stepping up to the 1sts, both won their singles matches. Darren Chai and Tom Wood continued their unbeaten streak winning their doubles encounters and the partnership of Titouan Ruffle and Dan Kelly claimed one win from their two epic matches to bring Pompey home and keep them top of the SE2A table on All Hallows Eve.
Women's 1sts continued their fine early season form with a resounding 8-0 win over Essex at Spinnaker to take them level on points with St. Mary's, tucked in behind leaders St. George's. The undefeated, Emily Beach maintained her perfect winning streak with a pair of comfortable wins in the singles, along with Kavya Cynthia Sathiyarajan, who also won both her singles matches on the day. In the doubles, the unbeaten, Jing Jia Choo retained her perfect start to the season alongside Weishan Low as they ran out comfortable winners, as did the pairing of Hannah Gambier and Nur Azrin Azizan, who was incidentally, making her first start of the season.
Men's 2nds made it a perfect day for Badminton and finally got that first win under their belts to lift them above St. George's 1sts and their opponents on the day, Imperial 4ths in the table. Henry Yu and Osbert Ting both recorded a singles win apiece, but it was in the Doubles where Pompey really impressing with Nicholas Oh and Urjan Shah and debutantes Sevak Sohi and Bryan Leung claiming 2 wins each to send Pompey back from the capital with all the points.
We spoke to Jia Ming See after the game, who we wish well as he makes a steady recovery from his early season injury and he told us – 'The club will be celebrating these wins, by making an absolute racquet!'
A clean sweep for Basketball also yesterday as all 3 teams returned to the South Coast with famous wins under their proud, purple belts.
Men's 1sts were in scary form against Surrey 2nds, under the dizzying lights of Spinnaker, wracking up the points in a 93-43 win, to keep them out on top of SE3A with a perfect 3 from 3 record. Temi Olorunsula top scored with 19 points, assisted ably by Alex Grant with 17, who was also named, MVP after a superb display of hustle and heart. Aaron Berida  Chems-Eddine Allal  Alex Thompson  Judah Johnson  Bin Liu and Andres Aguado Basso  and Jerry Wu  completed the scoring.
Women's 1sts remain hot on the coattails of leaders Sussex after a most eminent home win, 62-47 over Royal Holloway. The excellent, Leah Parcell was named MVP as she top scored with 22 points. Lucie Darde continued her brilliant scoring spree with 17 and Alicia Veale  Alexandra Touzet  Ameera Valencia  and Marisa Gonzales  completed the scoring for Pompey as they continue to impress.
Men's 2nds were the last to leave Museum Road on a busy day for Pompey on the road, and they put aside a broken heater and the prospect of a lengthier spell on the sidelines than Derrick Rose, to eventually board their Chauffeur-driven Executive minibus and set off to Buckinghamshire with victory and warmth on their mind. They achieved both in an excellent away day performance beating their hosts 85-60 to maintain their unbeaten league record, as they sit in second behind our very own Pompey 1sts as the greatest University in the world, continues to dominate the 3rd Tier of BUCS Basketball.
All three teams now turn their attention to the Conference Cup Competition on the 6th of November, with Men's 2nds at Home to Kingston 1sts and Men's and Women's 1sts facing road trips to Brighton and Reading respectively.
Women's 1sts continued their unbeaten start to proceedings, to make it 3 wins from 3, as they sit proudly atop SE1A, after an emphatically regal, 7-1 victory at home to Queen Mary.
Men's 1sts kept their foot on the title charge pedal in SE2B, following an impressive 5-1 win at Langstone against Essex. They made it 3 from 3 and sit top ahead of unbeaten UCL and Brunel, who Pompey host on the 13th, after they return from cup duty against neighbours Chichester on the 6th.
In the words of Captain, Lucy Lee, Women's 2nds -
Managed to somehow smash a 2-1 win with 10 players, with two stepping up from Ladies 3’s for their BUCS debut against their 14! It was an amazing back and forth match that was so well fought with many players playing out of their normal positions.
Isabelle Smith and Casey Waisman got the goals for the 2's and Player of the Match was Rehannah Houghton-Judge. A special mention also goes to Satara Newman for body bumping the ball more times than she hit it and taking lots of bruises for the team in a never say die performance from Pompey. A phenomenal collective effort by everyone involved within the group yesterday, which all resulted in keeping the Ladies 2's top of the table in SE4A. Next up for the remarkable 2's is a trip to Brunel in the Conference Cup on Wednesday.
Men's 3rds secured a valuable point at Langstone against UCL 4ths, in a 2-2 draw, which saw Alex Jarret grab both goals and Henry Dix claim the Man of the Match award. This point lifts the team into Mid-table in what looks like being a very competitive Fourth Tier this season.
Men's 1sts travelled to Imperial and despite being a man down and travelling with 4, triumphed again with Will Pearmain, Edward English and the unbeaten Josh Taylor and Elliot Dowling all victorious in the capital. With 4 of their 10 league matches now played in Tier 1, the league is really taking shape with Pompey top by just 2 points from UCL as they approach the half way stage. Next week, the 1sts go again, as they play host to 3rd placed King's College, looking to continue their quest for promotion.
With a fresh winter wind biting at the walls of St. Paul's, Netball 1sts warmed the hearts of their followers with a superb 41-30 success against Reading. Hanne Hall  Eloise Smith  and Cerys Wilson  got the goals in a fast-paced encounter. Dom Buggs  was top of the Tips, ahead of Shamica Powell and Louise Buller  Evie Harris-Jenkins and Chloe Roberts  and Hall and Smith one apiece. Powell topped the Intercepts with 7, from Harris-Jenkins  and Wilson, Roberts, Buggs and Buller with 2 each. Hall topped the Rebounds Stats with 2, from Powell and Buller who claimed one each. This win leaves them joint top of SE2A with St. Mary's on 9 points, after a perfect 3 wins from 3 for the 1sts. Next week it's cup action as the 1's travel to Brighton, before welcoming league rivals St. Mary's a week later to fortress St. Paul's in a toe-curling encounter.
Next up we'll hear from the '2perstars' courtesy of this report from 2nd Team Captain, Kristie Buckingham following their 46-35 win which took them clear on 9 points at the top of the SE3A table.
Really tough game against a strong Brighton side, they had a really strong bench and a squad of 12, and we only had 8 and lots of illness in the team, so we did really well to keep the fitness and pressure up for the whole game! Annie and Caitlin with excellent shooting, really worked well to build the ball in over tough defence! Cat (My Captain’s Player) had an excellent game feeding in, and was always an option! Great work rate! Rosie, put in an excellent performance, especially considering she was ill! She controlled the game so well! Emily also worked so well on the circle edge getting great tips! Kristie (Oppo’s POM) was involved in lots of clean intercepts and tips and Liv Bartholomew had an excellent game, good vision and lots of rebounds!!!! The whole team did so well to beat one of our toughest opponents, despite them having a loud bench and a massive group of supporters!
The heroics of the Super 4's can be traced back decades, but yesterday's battle of willpower and valour in conditions more suited to an episode of Poldark than BUCS Netball will be talked about for generations. Led by Player(s) of the Match, Lucy Moyse with 15 Intercepts and Daisy Bennett 13 goals, the 4ths battled imperiously against their opponents and the elements. Hannah Nash  and Sarah Exall  got the other goals whilst Emily Mills  Ebony McIntyre  and Emily Mills  were all among the intercepts in a battle royale that finished with Pompey clinging on bravely, in what some described as a 'Mint' performance to beat Imperial 22-21. This maintains the 4's perfect start as they sit top of SE5A with Surrey on 9 points. The 4's get a well-deserved week off to recover before returning to action against Brunel in a fortnight.
The 6's travelled to King's College yesterday and put in a fantastic performance, playing a full part in a thrilling 34-34 draw. Ruth Weyeve was Player of the Match, with Oppo's Captain's Player going to Lizzie Oakley. This point on the road, leaves the 6ths mid-table with King's in Tier 7, with Surrey and St. Mary's setting the pace in this one.
Women's 1sts got their campaign off to a winning start in a thrilling encounter at LSE, with both sides sharing 10 tries in a great opening encounter at Berrylands, as Pompey head to the top alongside Essex in the early table.
Portsmouth 2's – Grace Lee, Evie Shearn, Lizzie Hipgrave and Anna Thunstrom – had a very successful day at Plumpton College in Brighton in their opening competition of the season in the BUCS Trophy. The team placed 3rd with only 8.5 penalties between them and 2nd placed, Surrey, claiming 2 points in the Team Event. In the Individual competition there was great news for Grace Lee who placed 5th and Evie Shearn who placed 6th, as Pompey got their season off to a solid start.
Men's 1sts were awarded victory by Canterbury in their away match to give them their second success of the season, which should see them close the gap on leaders East London in an incredibly tight SE3A. There's no match for the Men's 1sts next week but Women's 1sts begin their Conference Cup journey with a trip to Brunel, and we'll bring you news of that and all the other results in our cup special next Thursday.
Completely unrelated fact of the day:
The movie Halloween (1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Myers, which turned out to be a William Shatner 'Star Trek' mask. The infamous Captain Kirk simply had no idea the mask was in his likeness, but when he did find out years later, he was said to be honoured, and glad that the mask was able to 'Klingon' to the face so well...
You've been Shining like Avengers, Pompey, and I've been cold and exhausted typing this up in The Overlook Hotel... but my good buddy, Jack Torrance is on his way with his family and Doctor Sleep, so I'm sure it's going to be a nice peaceful end to the week.