HARTPURY College’s second team rugby captain, Jack Sharpley, was thrilled with his team’s grit and determination, despite watching them fall at the final hurdle at BUCS Big Wednesday in Sheffield.
The event saw 104 student teams descend on the Steel City to compete for 50 gold medals across 14 sports with Sheffield Hallam University playing host.
Hartpury came back from a substantial deficit against Bishop Burton to be within one point of victory, before the Yorkshire-based agricultural college converted a last-ditch try to win 21-13 in the BUCS Trophy final.
But despite the disappointment of defeat, 19-year-old Sharpley, insists his team can hold their heads high.
“We’re very disappointed with the result,” said the Sports Performance degree student. “But it was well fought and unfortunately they just had the edge over us.
“One thing Hartpury thrives on is showing the dog in our performance wherever we go, and even if we’re losing, we like to show that bit of fight.
“If a team doesn’t have that bit of dog in them, they won’t do well so I’m chuffed to bits with how the boys kept on digging in.
“There were a few moments when I thought we could win it but unfortunately it didn’t happen.
“Sport is such an important part of university life, so it’s great that BUCS provides us with fantastic opportunities like this to play the sport we love.”
And it was another disheartening day for Hartpury’s men’s football team, as they suffered a narrow loss in the Championship final.
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