UoP BUCS Roundup - 9 October
'Our Greatest Glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall' – Confucius
The same words that inspired Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer to bring that big bloke in the cape to life; you know the one who has a thing for dressing up like a Pipestrelle, should hold firm in your minds as this historic season of sport at the University of Portsmouth gets underway. In sport not everything will go your way, but the key in what makes us all sportswomen and sportsmen and what makes us who we are, is that we keep turning up, no matter what. You do that and there will be light at the end of those long dark nights...
That said, with an opening week record of 16 Wins, 1 draw and 12 defeats from 29 matches, giving us a collective Win Percentage of 55% The University of Portsmouth BUCS season is off to a solid start. The most eye-catching stat from week one being the impressive 61.5% Win Ratio recorded by our away teams. For those who don't keep tally of such things, our record over the last few seasons leaves us at a respectable but certainly not exotic 50% Win Ratio. So let's see what we can do about that this season...
So, how did we get on yesterday – here's how –
With wins for both Men's and Women's 1sts, Hockey ensured they got off to the best possible start at Langstone yesterday. Women's 1sts ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against UCL, to sit top of the early Tier 1 table, whilst Men's 1sts secured a 2-0 win against LSE 1sts to complete an excellent afternoon's work at Home for the club. Men's 2nds returned from Guildford with a creditable 1-1 draw against Surrey, Will Hartley grabbed the goal, with the assist credited to Ben Lawford, ensuring Hockey remained unbeaten on day one.
A fantastic day for Basketball who were 100% on opening day. Women's 1sts travelled to Brighton and in a tight encounter came out on top 61-51 at the Hillbrow Sports Hall in Eastbourne. Lucie Darde  Angeliki Papagianni  and Leah Parcell  were the key contributors points-wise, with support from Captain, Alicia Veale and Marisa Gonzales  and Alexandra Touzet, Ameera Valencia and Itziar Lavina Gonzalez  – A tremendous performance by the 1sts, who will look to build on this away day success when they travel to St. Mary's next week. Men's 1sts travelled to Kingston yesterday and came away with a thrilling victory, coming out on top 80-75 – the points were shared between, Jordyn Jacobs  Aaron Berida  Alex Grant  Temiloluwa Olorunsola  Chems Eddine Alal  Finleigh Porter  Davis Strodahs  Alexander Thompson  and Bin Liu  – Men's 1sts take on Imperial next at Spinnaker where the 2nds will also begin their campaign against Surrey, looking to maintain a very promising start to proceedings.
On W2 at Langstone, Women's Lacrosse were involved in a tight encounter coming out on top 11-8, to get their season off to a cracking start. Lexi Smith and Alice Chaplin claimed hat-tricks with Charlotte Lewis notching a brace. Further goals from Charlotte Fray, Sophie Griffiths and Chloe Logan rounded things off nicely to give Pompey the win and set them up for a trip to Eastbourne next week to take on Brighton. Badminton:
A great start to the new season, with wins for Men's and Women's 1st teams yesterday. Women's 1sts were unstoppable against Surrey at Spinnaker recording an 8-0 whitewash to lay down a strong marker in their season opener, though Surrey made them work hard for the win. Emily Beach was ruthless with 2 convincing wins in the singles, with Player of the Match, Cynthia Sathiyarajan taking 2 wins from 2 in her singles encounters. In the Doubles both pairs took 2 wins apiece with Weishan Low & Hau Yi Lau and Katharyn Wataranan and Jing Jia Choo cementing this perfect start at Home.
Men's 1sts returned from Brighton with all the points after an impressive 6-2 success. Jonny Avery led the charge with 2 wins from 2 in the singles, with Darren Chai and Tom Wood proving too hot to handle in the doubles with 2 wins also. A singles win for Jonathan Mak and an epic Doubles encounter seeing Gavin Wan and Jai Ming See come through in Game 3 [21-18] set the seal on a great win on the road. Afterwards Captain, Gavin Wan had this to say –
A must mention is Jia Ming See away at Brighton. He tripped and twisted his ankle mid way through our second set, screaming in pain, so we had to call medics to help him. This meant we ended up having to forfeit the set. However after some magic spray [available at the sports store on Diagon Alley] he managed to carry on, and barely standing, he hung in there and we won in 3 sets. After the match we ended up piggy backing him home from Brighton.
3 out of 5 for Netball on opening day, with impressive Home wins for 1sts and 4ths and a stunning away victory for the 2nds at Holloway.
At St. Paul's the 4ths opened proceedings and were very impressive in a comprehensive 45-16 victory over Holloway.
The 1sts meanwhile were involved in a closely fought encounter in the late Home match where they got the better of Surrey 51-43, with Eloise Smith Player of the Match and a special mention to Dom Buggs for an impressive 8 interceptions.
The 2nds returned to the South Coast following a comprehensive 53-33 win at Holloway, Player of the Match, Mia Scott scoring an impressive 36 points including an excellent 3rd quarter recording 92% shooting accuracy. Oppo' Captain's Player, Caitlin Johnson with 16 and Maha Bryan 1, completed the scoring for the 2nds. Captain, Kristie Buckingham led the way in Tips with 10, from Rosie Rusga  Alex Wilford  Evie Harris-Jenkins  and Emily King  Buckingham again led the way in Intercepts with 7 from King and Harris-Jenkins  and Rusga and Wilford  Buckingham and Wilford were top in terms of Rebounds with 3 apiece as the 2nds started the new season in clinical fashion.
The 2nds took on their Reading counterparts on the 3G at Langstone and ran out comfortable winners in the end 24-15 recording that all important Try bonus point on the afternoon. The 4ths were also victorious on the 3G against Sussex 3rds in a much tighter encounter which they edged by 6 points, running out winners 28-22 and also recording that all important Try bonus point.
Men's 2nds got their season off to the perfect start with a 3-0 win at Kent. Nick Cade, Henry Letch and Harkaran Matharu-Randhawa all won their matches 3-0, to send Pompey top of the early standings with Surrey 4ths, both teams sitting proudly on 12 points apiece.
Everyone loves a local derby, especially people from Rugby who are very local to Derby, and so via another seamless link, we move on to Men's 4ths who travelled to Chichester on opening day and returned with the spoils after an excellent 4-2 win at Sherbourne Road. Men's 5ths got their season off to a superb start also with a 3-2 win on the road at Roehampton, Adam Magihon with a brace and Jordan Meisinger netted for the 5ths with Hayden Drury claiming 2 assists and Magihon the other. Michael Valdambrini was named Man of the Match for the 5ths.
Completely unrelated fact of the day:
Did you know that the correct way to open an Oxo cube is via flaps on each side of the cube, opening them, not tearing them to create a sachet, thus being able to crush said cube without mess before adding to stock, sauce or boiling water for a simple gravy. #mindblown
We'll be back next Thursday but stay tuned for the inaugural BUCS Weekend Washup on Monday.
I've been me and you've been better than a Bag of Chips lashed with salt n' vinegar strolling down Clarence Esplanade at Sunset!