Two sailing boats in the sea on a sunny day

  • 19 November 2019
  • 13 min read

'I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things' – Mother Teresa.

It's a bumper Wash Up today with updates from more sports than I can count on the fingers of both hands, that said that's not a lot these days after I took up that weekend job at Manor Farm cleaning their combine harvester, not to mention that all this counting plays havoc with my Arithmomania... never the less, as the red-eyed tree frog croaked to her partner during amplexus – let's press on!


With a report from the most successful BUCS Indoors event in the Club's recent history at Surrey, here's Rowing President, Andrew Lorton –

'Rowing travelled to the University of Surrey's Stag Hill campus to compete in the national BUCS Indoors rowing event against a strong and competitive field. The day began with the Men's Open Weight 2km which saw Oscar Cowan set a new personal best of 6:18.9, a new club record, which gave him 5th place overall in the standings. In the Men's Heavy Weight 2km Luke Sullivan and Ali Bolton were involved in a tight race between themselves, with just 0.2 seconds in it!!! Both achieving their second sub 7 minute 2km which was great to see.

There was success in the Women's Heavy Weight race too, as Karina Steenberg made it to the podium, achieving 3rd place, with a time of 7:40.4, which she has done now for the second year in a row. Similarly, Antonia Painter set a new personal best of 7:54.9 giving her 6th place overall in a very competitive field.

Onto the Lightweight 2km events, where in the Women's Lightweight, Issy Fowles made it to the podium, achieving 3rd place with a time of 8:11.7. In the Men's Lightweight, after a few nerve-racking seconds on the weigh in, Ed Wilkinson also took 3rd overall with a time of 6:50.3 meaning another podium finish for Portsmouth! Tosin Edun took joint 4th with a time of 7:02.0 and Ed Rook, 7th, with a time of 7:19.3.

In the Beginner 1km events, all competitors in the Men's and Women's disciplines achieved new PB's in very competitive categories! In the Women's Beginner event, Molly Pender, Charlotte O'Leary and Sarah Hall achieved 9th, 10th and 14th place respectively in a huge field of 39 competitors! In the 36 competitor-strong Men's Beginner event, Kornelijus Kolpakovas, Will Tuppen and Munyaradzi Magwaro achieved 5th, 16th place and 26th place respectively; Kornelijus being only 2 seconds from a podium finish!

Finally, in the relays, Portsmouth Men's took 4th place with a time of 5:58.6, and Portsmouth Women's took 3rd place for yet another podium finish with a time of 6:59.9.'

A hugely satisfying weekend for Rowing in their best performance at a BUCS events in recent years and arguably their best performance ever! Massive congratulations to all their medallists, and for all those PB's and a Club Record.

Full results are listed below:

Men's Open Weight 2km:

17 Competitors

  • Oscar Cowan – 6:18.9 (5th) – NEW PB (CLUB RECORD)
  • Andrew Lorton – 6:27.4 (7th)
  • Luke Sullivan – 6:59.2 (13th)
  • Alistair Bolton – 6:59.4 (14th)

Women's Open Weight 2km:

12 Competitors

  • Karina Steenberg – 7:40.4 (3rd)
  • Antonia Painter – 7:54.9 (6th) – NEW PB
life ring in choppy water

Men's Lightweight 2km:

9 Competitors

  • Ed Wilkinson – 6:50.3 (3rd)
  • Tosin Edun – 7:02.0 (Joint 4th)
  • Ed Rook – 7:19.3 (7th)

Women's Lightweight 2km:

5 Competitors

  • Issy Fowles – 8:11.7 (3rd)

Men's Beginner 1km:

35 Competitors

  • Kornelijus Kolpakovas – 3:13.8 (5th) – NEW PB
  • Will Tuppen – 3:22.2 (16th) – NEW PB
  • Munyaradzi Magwaro – 3:31.2 (25th) – NEW PB

Women's Beginner 1km:

39 Competitors

  • Molly Pender – 3:50.8 (9th) – NEW PB
  • Charlotte O’Leary – 3:50.9 (10th) – NEW PB
  • Sarah Hall – 3:56.9 (14th) – NEW PB

Men's Relay:

  • Portsmouth Men (Andrew L, Ed W, Luke S, Ali B) -5:58.6 (4th)

Women's Relay:

  • Portsmouth Women (Molly P, Antonia P, Issy F, Karina S) – 6:59.9 (3rd)

Next we’re off to Sheffield and a report from Competition Captain, Caleb Mackey on how Swim got on at BUCS Short Course.


'We started the weekend of events with 4 teams competing in the 4x50m Freestyle relay. The Women's B-team finished in 48th and the Women's A-team in 27th. The Men's B-team finished in 37th and the Men's A-team came 12th in the heats to make the B final on Saturday night. They finished 6th overall with a very fast time of 1:34.68.

On Saturday we had two individual finals in the 50m backstroke. Captain Maya Semyonova-Hoyland competed in the Women's B-final finishing in 7th. In the Men's competition, Jamie Robertson made the A-final and recorded a very nice 8th place finish. Jamie has been selected to represent the South-East region at the Luxembourg Euro Meet in the New Year, so we wish him well for that.

For the 4x50m Medley relays we again had two teams representing, with the Women's B-team finishing in 51st and the A-team finishing 42nd. In the Men's comp' the B-team finished in 49th and the A-team made the B-final in which they finished 8th; special mention goes to Clive Marquis, who was a stand-in for the final due to injury, and smashed the front crawl leg, going 23.04 which is a second faster than his time in the individual event.

This year was much harder to make Relay Finals as teams were allowed to have more than one team in finals, meaning much bigger Universities such as Loughborough, Edinburgh and Stirling dominated the final positions. Making a Final at BUCS is a huge achievement in itself as there are Olympians and Olympic-hopefuls competing at this event.

Over the weekend there were a number of personal best times that deserve mention such as Jamie Robertson in the 50m Backstroke, Billy Martin in the 50m and 100m Butterfly, Jacob Smith in the 50m and 100m Freestyle and also 50m Back. Tom Conte in the 50m Backstroke and Freestyle and finally Maya Semyonova-Hoyland in the 50m butterfly.

Overall the team finished a very respectable 33rd which is a large improvement on last year.'

American Football:

The Destroyers made it 2 from 2 with a comprehensive 51-0 win at Langstone against Brighton to leave them top of the Tier 1 standings ahead of Holloway.

The Destroyers ran in 7 Touchdowns on the day, QB, Sam Chance with 2 rushing touchdowns as well as hitting, Benny Debrah in the Endzone accounted for 3. The impressive, Sam Hassan continued where he left off last week with 2 more rushing TD’s, Ash Martin added another and Nathan Allatt blocked a Brighton punt to run it back into the Endzone for Pompey’s seventh. Eman Feyibunmi got a 2 point Safety to his name just before half time and Bradley Whiteman was exceptional yet again with the boot, kicking 5 from 6 extra point conversions. A successful 2 point conversion attempt from Conor Walton rounded off the scoring for the Destroyers. Here’s how the MVP awards were awarded on the day –

  • Rookie MVP: Albert Sia for his growing confidence at Defensive Back that resulted in successful multiple tackles and a forced fumble.
  • Special Teams MVP: Connor Strange for his consistent decision making and solid punt returns, which started with a big return to Brighton’s 30 yard line on the opening Kick Off.
  • Offensive MVP: Sam Hassan for another 2 touchdowns to make it 5 rushing touchdowns in 2 games.
  • Defensive MVP: Eman Feyibunmi for consistent pressure on the Quarterback, including a 2 point safety.
  • Team MVP: Sam Chance for his dependable throwing game and two rushing touchdowns.
  • Hammer Award: Eddie Koppoe
  • Play of the Game: Benny Debrah for his 30 yard touchdown on the opening drive.

The Destroyers get a week off now before the Surrey Double Header, as the team travel to Guildford on the 1st and welcome their opponents to Langstone on the 8th of December.

American football player running ahead with the ball being chased by the opposing team

*AF Photographs accredited to – dnp_sports_photography.


Still unbeaten, Men's 1sts began their Conference Cup campaign by defeating Hertfordshire 2nds at Spinnaker 8-4, to progress to Round 3. A hat-trick from Argemiro Sassa, a brace from James Douglas and goals from Benjamin Chevreau, top scorer, Tonye Sotonye and an O.G, plus assists from Man of the Match, Josh Barret, Douglas, Sotonye, and 1st team debutant, Aaron Dale saw Pompey into the next round. They will host St. Mary's 2nds or Reading 1sts on the 1st of December at Spinnaker as they look to make the Quarter Finals.

Men's 2nds were awarded victory by their opponents Brighton 2's to enable them to progress to Round 3 of the Conference Cup. They will now travel on the 1st of December, to the victors of the Westminster 1sts v Kingston 1sts tie that took place yesterday. Next up for the 2's in league action before that, are Roehampton who visit Spinnaker next Sunday.

Indoor Cricket:

For a full report on our Men's and Women's teams on a crucial weekend of BUCS action, here's President Scott Dale to take you through the action...

Portsmouth 2's vs Brunel 1s:

Portsmouth 2's win by 39 runs

Portsmouth 2's: 117-5 off 10 overs
Brunel 1's: 78-5 off 10 overs

The 2's started in emphatic fashion thanks to a devastating display by Hasnaat Abbas, who smashed five 6's on his way to 64 not out! It was followed up an impressive bowling display by Ronan Pithie and Jamie Thakrar, as the 2's won by 39 runs.

Portsmouth 2's vs Bournemouth:

Portsmouth 2's lose by 23 runs

Bournemouth 1's: 124-3 off 10 overs
Portsmouth 2's: 101-3 off 10 overs

Bournemouth posted 124 thanks to 50 from their opener, and despite some excellent bowling 2's captain Tim Dethridge nullified the Bournemouth attack with a stand out retirement to lead us to 101 in a chase that ultimately fell short.

Portsmouth 2's vs Brunel 2's:

Portsmouth 2's win by 2 wickets

Brunel 2's: 118-5 off 10 overs
Portsmouth 2's: 121-4 off 9.2 overs

The 2's were faced with another tough chase, and expertly knocked the runs off with 4 balls to spare due to another retirement from captain Dethridge along with contributions from Abbas, Balaraman and Pithie.

Portsmouth 2's vs Chichester 1's:

Portsmouth 2's lose by 43 runs

Chichester 1's: 144-4 off 10 overs
Portsmouth 2's: 101-4 off 10 overs

Chichester's total of 144 proved too much for the 2's despite an impressive 32 not out by Henry Pelling-Smith.

Portsmouth 1's vs Bournemouth 1's:

Portsmouth 1's lose by 17 runs

Bournemouth 1's: 97-2 off 10 overs
Portsmouth 1's: 80 all out off 9 overs

With many regarding this fixture as the one to watch, between the two stand out performers in this section, Bournemouth certainly had a point to prove, after losing the previous two encounters at this stage in previous seasons. Bournemouth posted a slightly below par 97, due to a strong bowling and fielding performance led by Krissie Mistry. Portsmouth's chase was measured but on course until a hat-trick which removed Gupta, Mistry and Ward in consecutive balls. That left Dale to chase the remaining 30 runs by himself in 13 balls which eventually resulted in a mix-up and a run out with batting partner Ward, and a Bournemouth win.

Portsmouth 1's vs Brunel 1's:Portsmouth 1's win by 5 wickets

Brunel 1's: 111-4 off 10 overs
Portsmouth 1's: 112-1 off 9.4 overs

Having lost their first game of the day, there was still all to play for in the 1's quest for 3 remaining wins. The chase got off to a decent start thanks to 27* from Gupta, but slowed during the middle overs. This left Price and Dale with 28 to win off 2 overs. The pair kept their cool and saw the total off with 2 balls to spare, finishing on 24* and 9* respectively.

Portsmouth 1's vs Chichester 1's:

Portsmouth 1's win by 5 wickets

Chichester 1's: 103-4 off 10 overs
Portsmouth 1's: 105-1 off 9.4 overs

Thanks to a stand out bowling performance from Ward, the 1's were left to chase a very reachable target of 103. Another retirement from Gupta set the platform for Price and Dale to chase it down as Price eventually finished it with a 6 off the penultimate ball of the match!

Portsmouth 1's vs Brunel 2':

Portsmouth 1's win by 6 wickets

Brunel 2's: 91-2 off 10 overs
Portsmouth 1's: 94-0 off 6.5 overs

The 1's finished the day, with a straight-forward chase of 91, due to a solid effort from all with the ball. Gupta retired for the 6th time in the campaign alongside fellow opener Betts. This time it was Dale who finished the game in style with a maximum to seal the win.'

*In the Men's campaign, Portsmouth 2's finished with a respectable 3 wins from 7 games beating the other 2nd teams in the league and Brunel's 1st team.

Portsmouth 1's finished second in the group, having won an impressive 6 out of 7 games. Despite being unable to replicate previous performances, the 1's qualified behind Bournemouth, but must wait and see whether their progress will be in the Trophy or the Championship competition.

On Sunday, Portsmouth's Women's 1sts made their opening bow at Canterbury – here's how they got on.

Portsmouth 1's vs Kent 1's:

Portsmouth 1's win by 70 runs

Portsmouth: 118 all out off 10 overs
Kent: 48 all out off 5.5 overs

Portsmouth headed into this year's competition with a much changed side, fielding 4 debutants, but it did not show in their first game against Kent. Batting first, Portsmouth posted 118 thanks to a retirement from opener Molly Beadle, and good contributions from Layla Chishti, Tamlyn Izzett and Bethany Beadle. Kent were unstuck by 2 run outs and 2 wickets each from Molly Beadle and Layla Chishti to fall well short in their chase.

Portsmouth 1's vs Canterbury Christchurch 1's:

Portsmouth 1's win by 68 runs

Portsmouth: 117-5 off 10 overs
Canterbury Christchurch 1's: 49 all out off 7 overs

Portsmouth batted first against the tournament favourites in their second game and at 12-5, everyone at Christchurch Sports Centre could see why Canterbury had been tagged with this moniker... everyone except Molly Beadle, who went on to play probably the best indoor innings everyone had ever seen scoring a massive 85 not out to take us up to 117-5! Portsmouth were dead and buried until Molly stepped up to create history, recording the highest individual Indoor score by a Portsmouth player in living memory. The rest of the team didn't let her down, going on to bowl Christchurch out for just 48!

Portsmouth 1's vs Brunel 1's:

Portsmouth win by 6 wickets

Brunel 1's: 84-3 off 10 overs
Portsmouth 1's: 85-0 off 7 overs

Brunel batted first posting a respectable 84 having lost wickets to Bethany Beadle and Layla Chishti. Portsmouth only required Molly Beadle and Layla Chishti in response however, and comfortably chased down Brunel's total.

Portsmouth 1's vs Surrey 1's:

Portsmouth 1's lose by 6 wickets

Portsmouth: 63 all out off 7 overs
Surrey: 64 for 0 off 5 overs

Portsmouth were looking to finish off a perfect day in Canterbury with the aim of moving smoothly on to Finals Day. Pompey won the toss and batted first against Surrey but could only manage 63 thanks to good fielding from the Surrey team; this despite another 25 from Molly Beadle. Portsmouth were up against a strong opening pair from Surrey who comfortably chased their total for the loss of no wickets.

*Portsmouth finished this round of competition with 3 wins from 4 games, a record equalled by Christchurch and the two teams now await to see who progresses to Finals Day.

Ultimate Frisbee:

Portsmouth's Women's 1sts began their BUCS League campaign inviting Brighton 1sts and Chichester 1sts to Langstone to host the first stage of their round-robin league events. Unfortunately, an injury ravaged Pompey were unable to secure a win on the day, going down 9-2 in the opener to Brighton and 12-0 to Chichester in their final match. They will look to improve on these performances when the next round of fixtures takes place against Brunel, Reading and St. Mary's in February 2020.

Ultimate frisbee players trying to catch the frisbee

That's it for a bumper Weekend Wash Up, but make sure you tune in next week for more updates from our teams and remember... in victory or defeat it's far better to be humble... as the late, great Brian Clough once said – 'I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one!'

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