UoP BUCS Roundup 16 October
After last week's 'better than average, not to be sniffed at' collective Win Percentage of 55% The University of Portsmouth BUCS season took the statistical equivalent of a leap from Scafell Pike to Ben Nevis, as we broke through the fabled 60% barrier to record an extremely potent 61% Win Ratio across all BUCS matches from Sunday through to Wednesday.
'A Journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step' – Chinese Proverb.
And so it was told, as many steps echoed out across the city, did the sporting hoards take to the streets. Together, they boarded coaches and trains to long forgotten venues, recanting tales of epic victories and bruising defeats to teammates new and old. Within the confines of the city, the masses boarded buses, taxis and cars to arrive at destinations that people of ancient learning refer to as – The Lang Stone, The Spin of Aker and St. Paul's Cathedral... and it was upon this day that with intent and purpose they did set about the art of winning... and as Carly Simon once declared on a little know B-side release
– 'Nobody Does it Better – than Netball.'
With 3 wins from 5 on opening week, Netball held in excess of 35 team meetings, trained rather than rocked around the clock and from Tuesday afternoon fell into a zen-like trance of competitive invincibility to go on to record such a perfect day of results, that Lou Reed even messaged us this morning looking to sue for breach of copyright! As the results minefield unfolded in the early hours of the morning it was revealed that the club had delivered an incredible 6 wins from 6… and here is how they did it in 6 easy steps –
- Step #1 – Following last week's impressive Home win against Surrey, the 1sts manged to best Brunel in their own backyard, 30-20. Eloise Smith  Captain's Player of the Match, Cerys Wilson  and Hanne Hall  got the goals in a low scoring encounter in the capital. Louise Buller topped the Rebound stats with 8, with Player's Player of the Match, Shamica Powell  Hanne Hall  Eloise Smith  and Cerys Wilson  in support. Powell and Buller were top of the Tips with 6 apiece, supported by Chloe Roberts  Dom Buggs  Olivia Bartholomew  and Cerys Wilson . Powell recorded the most Clean Intercepts with 5, Roberts and Buller got 3 apiece, Phoebe Hoskins got 2 and Buggs, 1. Together, they managed to frustrate their opponents, to secure the win and put Pompey on the coattails of St. Mary's in SE2A.
- Step #2 – At St. Paul's the 2nds dominated Brighton, producing a superb display to take the spoils 64-35 and send them top of SE3A. Captain's POM, Annabelle Couchman netted a heady 52 goals, recording a shooting accuracy of 93% in Quarter 4. Caitlin Johnson supported with 12 goals, excelling in Quarter 2, with a shooting accuracy of 100%. Captain, Kristie Buckingham led from the front with 4 Tips, 2 Rebound and 6 Clean Intercepts, as the 2nds took control. Rosie Rusga claimed 5 Clean Intercepts whilst Alex Wilford, Emily King, Evie Harris-Jenkins, Mia Scott and the Oppositions POM, Maha Bryan all supported with further Tips and Clean Intercepts to seal back to back wins before the 2's travel to Brighton in a fortnight.
- Step #3 – The 3rds grabbed an incisive win at Brunel, coming through 34-31 on a thrilling afternoon in Uxbridge. I've had many of those myself, so I know exactly how the team feel. Olivia Hanmore  Rebecca Harris  and Jade Kennedy  shot the goals for the 3rds as they returned with the points to the South Coast and move into the top three.
- Step #4 – The 4ths took the derby day plaudits, beating Chichester in a closely fought encounter 39-33 at St. Paul's. Emily Spriggs  Sarah Exall  and Hannah Nash  got the goals on the day. Player of the Match, Emily Mills  led the Tips from Ebony McIntyre  Lucy Moyse  Captain's POM, Freya Marlow  and Abi Elms . McIntyre and Moyse led the way in the Clean Intercepts stats with 5 apiece, from Mills with 4. Captain, Moyse continued to set the example to the rest of the Super 4's with 6 Rebounds, followed closely by McIntyre and Mills with 4 each to set the seal on the win as they joined Surrey at the top of SE5A.
- Step #5 – An emphatic 47-14 win in Brighton, saw the 5ths get their season off to a superb start. Impressive shooting stats from Captain's POM, Freyan Khambatta with 90% and Captain, Eleanor Hayes with 85%, ably supported by Daisy Bennet with 75% accuracy, kept Pompey comfortably ahead of their opponents. The 5ths maintained pressure all over the court with Player of the Match, Zelal Nacak recording 11 Tips and 2 Clean Intercepts, Anja Owona Okoa 6 Tips and 2 CI's, Daisy McVicar, 5 Tips and 3 CI's, Anya Butler, 4 Tips and 3 CI's and Ellie Walton 2 Tips and 2 CI's, in a fine all round performance.
- Step #6 – Completing an historic afternoon for the club, the 6ths put aside their opening day defeat to get over the line in a really tight encounter with LSE, coming out on top 28-22 at St. Paul's. Lucy Newman was the architect of the win claiming both the POM award and Captain's POM.
So, in the words of an onlooker watching a farmer trail after his constipated prize heffer – follow that, if you dare!
Women's 1sts travelled to Eastbourne in the ICG Women's South East Tier 1, for an early evening push back to take on Brighton. They continued where they left off last week to notch their second successive win with an impressive 8-2 victory to keep them top of the early season table.
Men's 1sts continued their winning start to the season with a dominant away performance at UCL, returning to the bright lights of Southsea with a 5-1 win firmly planted in the proverbial Hockey bag, to leave them top of SE2B with a perfect record.
Women's 2nds got off to a winning start with an entertaining 4-3 win over New Bucks, ending the day as one of 3 teams locked on 3 points at the top of SE4A. Isabelle Smith, Amber Braysher, Sophie Buchanan and Player of the Match, Lauren Beedle got the goals with assists from Rehannah Houghton-Judge, Kathleen Foster and Jenna Mitchell. It's the cup next for the 2's as they travel to Brighton next week.
Men's Basketball were in dominant form yesterday and after an epic encounter at Kingston last week, Pompey made a bold statement in the SE3A title race, recording a 45 point win against Imperial 2nds, 82-37. Men's 2nds began their BUCS campaign with a solid home performance in front of the Spinnaker Faithful with a comfortable 53-25 win against Surrey 2nds, leaving them tucked in behind the 1sts at the top of the Tier 3 standings.
At Kingston, Men's 3rds got their first win of the season in a low scoring encounter – 12-5. Sam Coore and Tom Shaw crossed the whitewash for Pompey with Adam Tucker converting one of the tries. Dan Thompson was named Man of the Match, as the 3rds take a new found confidence back to Langstone in a fortnight when they play host to Chichester. The 4ths made it 2 from 2 with a convincing win over Holloway 2nds, racking up over 40 points and 6 Tries to secure the all important Bonus Point to leave them in great shape in Tier 5. Men's 2nds suffered a late setback but still managed a respectable 12-12 draw against UCL 1sts at Langstone.
Men's 1sts were impressive at Home against UCL, as they claimed their first win of the season with a maximum point 5-0 whitewash over the visitors. Will Permain [3-0] Edward English [3-1] Man of the Match, Sherlock Ko [3-1] Josh Taylor [3-0] and Elliot Dowling [3-0] produced the goods for the hosts. Pompey sit second now in Tier 1 with 26 points – 12 adrift of King's College who sit top of the early standings.
Men's 1sts took on Chichester, fresh from success at Brighton on opening day and did not disappoint as they secured a convincing 7-1 win at a Red Bull laced Spinnaker Sports Centre to keep them at the top of SE2A, level on points with Holloway.
Jonathan Mak and Chai Chee Hou produced the goods in the Singles competition to take 4 wins from 4 and in the Doubles, Thomas Wood & Jonathan Avery went 2 from 2 to remain unbeaten this season, whilst Titouan Ruffle and Daniel Kelly claimed a single win from their 2 matches. Next up for the 1sts is a trip to leafy Surrey in two weeks time, where they will be looking to lay down a marker and go 3 from 3.
A must mention again is Jia Ming See, who inspired his teammates from the bench, as he recovered from last week's injury by treating himself to a new haircut. It's imperative to his teammates to keep him in the limelight, so who am I to stand in the way of magnificent camaraderie. Jia Ming See – we salute you!
Men's 2nds welcomed neighbours Chichester to Langstone and saw off the visitors in yet another close encounter in the derby, Pompey eventually coming out on top 2-1 to join Chi, Kingston and St. Mary's, who they travel to in a fortnight, at the top of the table. Man of the Match Tom Bond, with a shot as deadly as a Walther PPK and Olly Eales got the goals in this one, with Eales also providing the assist for Bond to cap a good afternoon's work for the 2's.
In Tier 2, meanwhile, Men's 1sts were involved in a classic encounter at Sussex, sharing 8 goals with their hosts in an absolute belter of a match! Louie Gilpin netted a hat-trick for Pompey with Ben Starr notching his first of the season, along with another assist. Chad Musselwhite and and Joe McClean recorded assists also and the Man of the Match award was shared between hat-trick hero Gilpin and the always dangerous, Starr.
Completely unrelated fact of the day:
Did you know that Vending Machines kill four times as many people as sharks per year? I can well believe this having been trapped under a Ginster's Pasty machine for 7 hours at Falmouth Station whilst on Cricket Tour #mindblown
We'll be back next Thursday and don't forget to pop by on Monday to check out our Weekend Wash Up featuring all the action from Men's Football's all Pompey clash on Friday night and Futsal's double-header on Sunday.
I've been me and you've busted through 60% and should be rightly and royally chuffed –