Weekend wash up: 1-2 February 2020
'Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart – M.S Dhoni.'
Happy February and welcome one and all to the latest from the Wash Up, with just a handful of fixtures to look at this is probably more of an Espresso edition than a Cuppa, so before I turn this into a Short Latte, I'll hand you over to Cricket President, Scott Dale to update us on how Women's 1sts got in the National Finals of the BUCS Championships.
The Women's 1's reached the Indoor National Finals Day for the third season in a row, but progression to the semi-finals unfortunately eluded them again. Portsmouth did not go down without a fight however and put up strong displays in each of their games. The first game saw us lose to Worcester, but runs came yet again from Molly Beadle. The second game included a stronger all round performance with good contributions from Layla Chishti and Bethany Beadle. Molly Beadle wasn't going to finish her tournament quietly however, and expertly ran out 5 out of 6 Exeter players in the last game!
Here are the results in full –
- Worcester 90-3 off 10 overs
- Portsmouth 76-4 off 10 overs
- Worcester win by 14 runs
- Edinburgh 97-2 off 10 overs
- Portsmouth 69-5 off 10 overs
- Edinburgh win by 28 runs
- Exeter 87-6 off 10 overs
- Portsmouth 71-4 off 10 overs
- Exeter win by 16 runs
Despite the narrow losses against quality opposition, the 1's can hold their heads up high and be proud of the fact that they have once again represented Portsmouth in a National Finals Day, and remain in the top 8 sides in the country!
As Scott said, this is no little achievement to finish TOP 8 in the country, and we're all incredibly proud of the team as they put in another strong showing representing the University and our students in not only qualifying but pushing their opponents hard in every group match.
The Destroyers continued their unbeaten league season with a hard fought 15-0 victory over Brighton on the road. Pompey registered 2 Touchdowns; a Pick 6 from Connor Strange and following a muffed snap on a Brighton punt, Cameron McKay recovered the ball to score Pompey's second TD of the day. Bradley Whiteman registered an Extra Point and Brighton conceded a 2 point safety from another muffed snap that caused their punter to kick the rolling ball out the back of the end zone. This win sees the Destroyers maintain top spot in Southern Tier 1 as they move to a 6-0 record for the season. They have two regular season matches remaining, the first of which will be this Sunday when they welcome Reading 1sts to Langstone, before they take on Holloway in that all important title match-up.
Here are the Individual Awards for the Weekend, and I'll leave Media Coordinator and Kicker, Bradley Whiteman, to take you through them.
- Rookie MVP was awarded to Harry Tubbs who only joined the team 2 weeks ago but stepped up, playing the whole game on the offensive line.
- Special Teams MVP was awarded to Cameroon McKay for his crucial punt recovery for a touchdown.
- Offensive MVP went to Matt Edwards who played out of his usual position due to injuries. He played the game at Right Tackle, a position usually reserved for larger humans but he stood his ground displaying very good discipline.
- Defensive MVP went to Phillippe Blehiri who gave a strong tackling performance with many negative gains.
- Team MVP was awarded to Nathaniel 'Tanky' Thatcher who played on both Defense and Offense for the majority of the game showing the true Destroyer spirit.
- The Hammer award, went to Rich Bloomer who made multiple big hits on Brighton players throughout the game.
- Play of the Game, went to Connor Strange's pick 6 on a tunnel screen that sealed the victory.
Men's 1sts continue to set the pace in SE2A and produced another solid team performance on the road at Brighton at the weekend running out 13-4 winners. Captain, Patryk Cekus and Marwan Kisserwan both registered hat-tricks with Josh Barrett and Lopen Louis notching two goals apiece. James Douglas, Tonye Sotonye and Alex Mills grabbed the other goals. There were 2 assists apiece for Cekus, Sotonye, Mills, Sam Johnson and Harry Bailey and one each for Douglas and Kisserwan in this comprehensive win. This leaves Pompey top with 6 wins from their 7 matches with 3 to play, whilst Surrey in second place, have 4 wins from their 5 matches. Next up the 1sts host Kingston in a double header at Spinnaker.
Men's 2nds were awarded victory at Westminster 1sts to extend their lead at the top of SE3A to 9 points over St. Mary's 2nds and New Bucks 1sts, and though the teams below them have games in hand, a win at Home on Sunday to New Bucks 1sts would clinch the title for the 2nds and guarantee them promotion to Tier 2.
That's it this week for the Wash Up. Hope you enjoyed your Espresso and please join us on Thursday for more news on our teams in the BUCS Round Up, which is certain to have more of a Venti vibe going on.
But before we go, and befitting Super Bowl Weekend, here's a quick lesson in ego management for you. If you rate yourself, and I am aware many of you do... and you want the world to know it, but remain just a teeny weeny bit humble, here's how you do it with panache –
'I feel like I'm the best, but you're not going to get me to say that. Yeah, that's definitely going to be a tough one...' – Jerry Rice, Hall of Fame NFL Receiver and San Francisco 49ers Legend.