Weekend wash up: 22-23 February
‘Winning isn’t everything but wanting to win is – Vince Lombardi’
Welcome to a brief but never the less hugely important, Weekend Wash Up, as we bring you news from Sailing as well as Futsal’s massive Semi Final against Surrey but we’ll start at Test Park, Solent where American Football took on Royal Holloway for the Tier 1 Title, knowing that a win would also cement their No.1 seeding in the Playoffs…and guarantee them Home advantage for the duration.
At Solent’s Test Park, The Destroyers took on Royal Holloway under the lights on the 3G in a top of the table clash for the SE1A Title. It was Pompey that took control of their destiny with a 25-7 victory that sees them finish the season with a perfect 8 from 8 record and hands them the Top Seed placing for the Playoffs, which begin next Sunday, potentially against Southampton 1sts at Langstone. In terms of the scoring, Touchdowns came by way of a Fumble recover by Josh ‘Torbay’ Reilly, a 1 yard run by Sam Chance and a Kick Off return for a 91 yard touchdown by Benny Debrah. Pompey also recorded 2 Safeties, 1 for Eman Feyibunmi and 1 for Nathaniel ‘Tanky’ Thatcher and the ever reliable, Bradley Whiteman converted the 3 extra points to give The Destroyers a commanding win and sees them secure that all important Home advantage for the entire Post-season programme.
We will bring you news of how they get on next week, but for now it’s a huge congrats to the Destroyers as they celebrate another league title!
The last time these two met in the league, Pompey squandered the 3 points as Surrey produced a miraculous comeback from 5 goals down, so although confident of success there was always that nagging doubt in the minds of the many spectators that turned up on Sunday, that this was going to go down to the wire. It proved to be a tense first half with the score locked at 4-4 but it was in the second half that Pompey pulled away and this time were determined not to let their lead slip, standing strong to win this one 10-7 and claim their place in the Conference Cup Final against Essex 1sts in 3 weeks time. Goalscorers on the day were the impressive, Argemiro Sassa with a superb hat-trick, Harry Bailey  Patryk Cekus, Cormac McAinsh, Marwan Kisserwan, Alex Mills and Benjamin Chevreau. Captain, Patryk Cekus was on hand with 2 assists, with one apiece from Sam Johnson, Marwan Kisserwan, Argemiro Sassa, Cormac McAinsh, Alex Mills & Benjamin Chevreau. This superb performance sees Pompey take another step closer to that elusive Double, and they return to league action on Sunday when they travel to Hertfordshire 1sts, before another vital encounter with Surrey 7 days later in Guildford.
This weekend saw six sailors begin the long journey to West Kirby, for the Women’s Team Racing Nationals, only to be greeted by another storm early Saturday morning. The decision was made to cancel racing for the day, instead the team enjoyed a windy walk round the lake. Sunday’s forecast was looking fantastic earlier in the week but we woke to find identical conditions to Saturday. Nevertheless we were sent out, our first and only race was against Oxford 1sts, a very tricky race due to the strong winds. Sadly we lost and were told to sail in due to racing being cancelled for the day, a disappointing call for all the teams but a fun weekend overall.
So that’s it for another Wash Up and we hope that we’re not faced with more of our clubs feeling all washed up and frustrated by the weather as the programme once again looks like it will be affected as we approach Wednesday afternoon. Congratulations again to American Football and Futsal for their magnificent performances this weekend and we will see you on Thursday for all the breaking news from the midweek action including some titanic league encounters and all the other Semi Final cup matches as Pompey continue their pursuit of further silverware.