UoP BUCS Roundup - 6 November
'The Difference in winning and losing is most often not quitting' – Walt Disney
From a steady 56% Win Ratio last week, we entered the unpredictability of the 2nd round of the Cup, with random draws creating mismatches, matches missed and matches played in mist, but despite this, Pompey summoned some symmetrical simplicity to spring slightly to a Win Ratio of 59% with Home and Away ratios identical for the first time this season.
Now Stat's as Remarkable as Green Eggs and Ham! Which reminds me of something else in our plan.
We've been examining performances, just one or two, against other Universities who play in red, green and blue.
We will update you on who best to play, and who to avoid and postpone until May!
And we'll bring you all that, before we next meet, in 7 days, 168 hours...well, basically next week.
But now we begin where we meant to before, and leave all this Dr. Seuss stuff at the front door.
We start with the league and its treat after treat – so sit back, grab a cuppa and put up your feet!
Men's 1sts kick-started their Premier 2 South Campaign recording a much needed win under the lights at Langstone against bottom of the table Gloucestershire, 26-3. A superb performance from the hosts who ran in 4 tries to seal a valuable Bonus Point Win. Gerard Matthews, Luke Simmons, Yehia Khatib and Matt Bowers got the tries with Joel Macfarlane converting 3 of them, to see the 1sts move into the security of 5th place in the table, above their opponents and Brighton. Next week, the 1sts are back on the road where they will look to take the momentum of this performance to Bristol, when they take on mid-table, UWE.
After two close defeats on the road to Reading, Pompey christened their new home at Meon Valley with an emphatic win over top of the table Royal Holloway – 4.5 – 1.5 to throw Tier 1 wide open and send the BUCS website into meltdown as they don't do decimals. This result had been coming and the 1sts delivered in style with wins from the unbeaten trio of Iain Clarke [3 from 3] Dan Colman [2 from 2] Ben Manning [ 1 from 1] and Player of the Match, Sean Doyle. Nick Roebuck also secured a Half to leave Pompey looking positive about life at Meon, and with 4 home fixtures left in the calendar who knows what the future holds for this promising team. Next up they'll be looking to get off the mark away from Home at Imperial.
Another week and another maximum points haul for Men's 1sts as they claimed a 5-0 win over King's College at Spinnaker. The consistency of team selection has been pivotal to the teams success as the undoubted quality within their top 5 continues to show, as Will Pearmain [3-0] Edward English [3-0] Sherlock Ko [3-1] and the undefeated Josh Taylor [3-0] and Man of the Match, Elliot Dowling [3-0] all saw off their opponents to stretch their lead at the top of Tier 1. Next week sees them take on their main rivals for the title, Roehampton 1sts, seeking to avenge that Week 1 defeat at Wimbledon on October 9th. It all goes down at Spinnaker at 16:00, in what is sure to be a mouth-watering tie; just like that edible Dickie Bow I got for my birthday.
Men's Tennis 1sts also picked up their first win of the season with a convincing 5-1 win at the Tennis Dome against bottom of the table LSE 2nds. David Noronha and Euan Rayner-Gray won their Doubles encounter in a third set tiebreak, with Mike Tudor and Sebastian Langdon winning their Doubles in straight sets. Tudor and Langdon both won their singles encounters as did Noronha, who again had to go the distance coming out on top 10-8 in another decider. A much needed boost for the 1sts to lift them onto 3 points alongside Surrey 1sts. Pompey welcome unbeaten Imperial next Wednesday looking to continue this momentum.
Men's 1sts got their BUCS campaign off to the best of starts with an excellent 8-6 victory against local rivals Chichester on the 3G at Langstone; the first BUCS Win for the club at Home for 18 months, and it came in their first match of the season. This also leaves them top of the virginal 2nd Tier table and as Tom White explains, there were more reasons to be cheerful, thanks to the impressive performances of the teams Freshers –
'Yesterday our BUCS team consisted of an almost 50/50 split between freshers and experienced players. We set two lines for this match, so everyone had a chance to rest before going on for their next point, and this ended up being the difference. Within 4 minutes Pompey went 1-0 up, and it was clear to us that whoever stayed calm on offence and ensured the disc wasn't thrown away would win this one. As the game progressed into the latter stages, tied at 4-4 we knew the next point was critical. From the left wing Harry Allen threw the disc in front of Tom White, just out of reach forcing Tom to layout –
ULTIMATE EXPLAINED – Layout: This is where you jump forwards so your body is flat in the air with your arms stretched out attempting to catch the disc before it hits the ground, which would result in a turnover...
So, what happened next, I hear you cry?
– Thomas White caught the disc at full stretch! That's what bloody happened! 5-4! Then the hosts broke through the Chi' defence and a beautiful brake side throw from Robbie Bratchell gave the point to Stephen Heather. With Chichester tiring MVP, Ben Kilgariff stole two points in the space of 5 minutes, scoring with a one handed jump catch in the end zone to finish what was a fantastic game by both teams.
Go grab another biscuit to dunk in your brew, then we'll jump from League to Cup when you get back from the loo.
Men's 1sts began their defence of the SE Conference Cup on the 3G at HMS Temeraire against Sussex 2nds in an evening Kick Off. Following a delayed start to proceedings, the 1's kept their composure to secure a 3-0 win and safe passage into the 3rd round. Kwadjo Frimpong-Menso got a brace for the home side and it will come as no surprise that the prolific Louie Gilpin was on the scoresheet again to seal the win. The excellent, Ben Starr got 2 assists on the night as Pompey celebrated a first clean sheet of the season thanks to messrs, Sam Gray, Alfie Clark, Ben Linter, Luke Quarterman and Rhys Watkins. Next up, Pompey will have to go away, travelling to Surrey 2nds or Brighton 3rds who await the Champions on the 20th November.
The 2nds joint top scorer, Calum Reeves turned in a Man of the Match display netting a brace as Pompey stormed through to Round 3 after a pulsating 6-2 win over Brighton 4ths at Falmer. Semi Akinlolu bagged another to keep pace with Reeves at the top of the 2's scoring charts, with Olly Eales, Joel Harris and Lewis Haldane completing the scoring. Assists on the day were from Orrin Durrant, Connor Tucker, Tom Bond, Eales and Harris. The 2nds will be on the road in a fortnight's time when they travel to the winner of St. Mary's 3rds or Surrey 1sts, as they seek to make the Quarter Final stages.
Despite only fielding 4 players on their trip to Arts, Men's Badminton 1sts won 5 of the 6 rubbers to be played on the day to secure a 5-3 win to progress into the next round. Man of the Match, Tom Wood, made it a superb 8 wins from 8 this season winning both his singles matches. Gavin Wan also grabbed a win in the singles, before Doubles pairing, Titouan Ruffle and Dan Kelly won both their encounters, which was enough to see Pompey head into Round 3. Their reward for this is a Home Tie against Royal Holloway 2nds or St. Mary's 1sts in a fortnight.
Women's 1sts were in buoyant mood returning from Reading after a thoroughly professional performance seeing off their hosts 86-29 in a rather one-sided Round 2 encounter at Whiteknights Campus. Angeliki Papagianni  Leah Parcell  Lucie Darde  Alexandra Touzet  Alba Brotons Moreno  Alicia Veale and Marisa Gonzales  Zoe Constantine  and Itziar Lavina Gonzalez  got the points for the away team, who stay on the road again in Round 3 as they travel to Goldsmiths on the 20th November, looking to continue their impressive start to the season.
Men's 2nds also earned their way through in a thriller against Kingston, 69-67, at Spinnaker to set up a trip to Imperial 2nds or St. Mary's 1sts in a fortnight.
A fantastic day for Tennis with Women's 1sts getting their season underway in the Conference Cup and recording an excellent 4-2 win away at Chichester. Captain, Laila Elatfy won her singles 6-2, 6-2, Yannah McKenzie-Wells also got a singles win, 6-2, 6-0 but it was their performances in the tightly contested Doubles that saw Pompey home. Mishgahn Omer and Yannah McKenzie-Wells winning 6-2, 7-5 and Margherita Ober and Laila Elatfy setting the seal on a great win, 7-5, 7-5, in what was a wonderful return for Women's 1sts on their long-awaited return to BUCS competition. Great to have you back!
Men's 2nds were also victorious in the cup against Queen Mary, winning by the same 4-2 margin and making it 3 from 3 for Tennis on the day. James Wright won his singles in a thrilling tiebreak – 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 and there were further singles wins for Ellis Drayton – 6-4, 6-1, and Louis Appleby 6-0, 6-1 to put Pompey in command. It was then left to Drayton and Appleby to secure the win with a final setter in the Doubles – 6-1, 6-0 to take the 2nds to victory and into the next round where they host the winners of UCL 4ths or Canterbury 1sts.
Men's 1sts continued their impressive start, making it 5 wins from 5 in all competitions with a 5-1 win over neighbours, Chichester at Langstone to see them safely through to round 3 of the Conference Cup. This is the fourth time in five matches that the 1sts have netted 5 goals and they'll be looking to take that form into the next round where they will host King's College 4ths. Next up the 1sts play host to Brunel in the league, looking to make it 4 from 4 in the league!
Women's 1sts were involved in a thrilling cup tie at Brunel. A very tight opening set went to the away side, 25-23, but then Pompey lost the next two – 25-14, 25-19 – to leave them on the brink of a cup exit in Uxbridge. Pompey rallied though to take the 4th set 25-17, meaning that everything went to the final set, and it was the away team from the south coast that finished strongest, taking the final set, 15-7 to progress to the next round of the Conference Cup. It's Brighton next for Pompey in the cup, at Spinnaker on the 20th, with the 1sts looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. Next up in the league Pompey play host to Chichester at Spinnaker on the 13th.
The 1sts were involved in an absolute thriller against Brighton 3rds yesterday as there quality showed as they found a way to win in an early start at Hillbrow Sports Hall, coming out 46-42 winners! Player's Player was Captain, Chloe Roberts and Captain's Player was Phoebe Hoskin as the 1sts booked a Home Tie in Round 3 against Holloway 1sts or Sussex 2nds at St. Paul's.
The 2nds also booked their place in the next round after seeing off the challenge of Chichester 2nds, 54-26, to book a trip to Kingston 1sts, who saw off Pompey's 3rds yesterday. Annie Couchman was Opposition's Player of the Match for some outstanding shooting, maintaining a 90% + accuracy on the day as she wracked up a superb 44 points. Maha Bryan  and Caitlin Johnson  got the other goals on the day. Tips were led by Captain, Kristie Buckingham  Mia Scott and Alex Wilford  Evie Harris-Jenkins  Bryan, Johnson and Rosie Rusga . Clean Intercepts were led by Wilford  Scott and Harris-Jenkins  and Buckingham  and there were also rebounds for Scott, Buckingham and Wilford  and one for Johnson. Another superb win for the unbeaten 2nds, as they made it 4 from 4 in league and cup.
5ths Skipper, Eleanor Hayes was named Player of the Match as she led her troops to victory in the only home tie for Netball yesterday, booking themselves a place in the next round with a resounding 60-36 success against Royal Holloway 2nds. Hayes led the way with 32 points and an 84% shooting accuracy, with Daisy Bennett  and Freyan Khambatta  getting the other goals on the day. Zelal Nacak was in superb form with an excellent 14 tips from Daisy McVicar  Anja Owana Okou  Maria Wathen  and Anya Butler  Nacak also headed the Clean Intercepts stats with 4 from McVicar  Owana Okou  and Wathen  Ellie Walton was named Captain's Player on a great afternoon for the unbeaten 5ths. They now head to New Bucks 1sts or Surrey 3rds in Round 3.
Men's 3rds were awarded victory by Hertfordshire 2nds in the 2nd round of the SE Conference Plate yesterday, as were Men's 4ths, with their match conceded by Goldsmiths. These results propelled both sides into Round 3, where as fate would have it, they will come face to face in an all Pompey clash on the 20th November to see who makes it into the Quarters in early February. Now that's one for the diary!
Completely unrelated fact of the day:
Throughout the annals of existence, monarchs have been compared to successful musicians on a comparison scale known only to a chosen few as the 'Royalties Index.' Similarities have recently been drawn between Queen Elizabeth I and 1990's electric-pop band 'The Prodigy,' – and for good reason, as HRH, had far more in common with Liam Howlett and his mob than you'd think. Elizabeth was said to have been fascinated with fireworks, so much so that she was considered to be the best firework maker in the country. She became known as the 'Fire Master of England.'
What a trouble starter she was!!! A punkin' instigator... a twisted fire starter, even!
You have been the talented tributes of District Portsmouth, and I have been struggling to write this up in less than 24 hours due to your continued collective excellence!
Long may it continue and may the odds be ever in your favour!