Highs and lows this week as our golfers went toe-to-toe with each other, the rugby teams experienced mixed results for the first time and the footballers scored some valuable victories.
Both of the golf academy teams competed in round two of the British Schools & Colleges Tour this week playing against Birmingham Met, Moulton College and each other! Hartpury B edged ahead of their compatriots and won the gross and nett competitions, beating Hartpury A by two shots. Angus Bendall, who was part of the B team, also won the individual competition while Hartpury A finished second in the gross and third in the nett.
On Monday the under-18 football first team played away against Thomas Telford School and scored an excellent 4-0 win which takes them through to round three of the ESFA Hudl Elite Cup. Then on Wednesday the junior firsts beat Gower Swansea 2-1 to cement their place at the top of the ECFA Premier League Cat 1. The junior women’s firsts also came away victorious after their match up against Worcester VI Form, with the score line reading an impressive 7-2. Meanwhile in the ECFA West Midlands League the men’s seconds held Cirencester’s first team to a 2-2 draw in Category 2A, but in Category 3 Premier the fourths had some bad luck against Shrewsbury VI Form when losing out 4-5 on home soil.
There were mixed results for the senior football teams with the highlight being a 2-0 win for the firsts against Bath’s first team in BUCS Premier South League. The seconds also played a Bath team as they faced their thirds in the BUCS Western Conference Cup 2B but lost out 3-0. In the Western Conference Plate our fourth team hosted Plymouth thirds but lost 2-3 and narrowly missed making it into the final 16.
In the AoC Premier Netball League our junior firsts played away against Neath Port Talbot and secured a convincing 51-28 victory that sees them climb up in the table. At home the junior third team experienced their first loss in the AoC West Midlands Netball League as they were beaten 26-39 by King Edward VI Stourbridge firsts.
Super Rugby success continued as Hartpury University Centre’s first team did the double against Durham. Their 21-3 win keeps them at the top of the league and another step closer to the Twickenham finale – read the full report here.
Not to be outshone the senior second XV saw off UWE’s first team 56-10 at home in the BUCS Premier South League, scoring a massive nine tries in the process. It was a different story for the thirds this week as they tasted defeat for the first time in the BUCS Western 1A League when narrowly beaten 18-20 by Cardiff Medics. The senior women’s team netted a valuable away win against Cardiff firsts as they kept another clean sheet to finish 35-0.
A last minute kick sealed victory for the junior first XV in a tense match against Exeter, with Dan Cole’s penalty clinching a 32-31 victory in front of the home crowd. For the full report from this thrilling AASE League match follow the link here.
The junior fifth’s fought tooth and nail against Bourneville College firsts in their AoC West Midlands League match up but in the end just lost out 36-38. Elsewhere the junior women’s first team had a profitable trip away to play the Ospreys in a friendly which they won 67-5.
A host of Hartpury pentathletes braved the cold at the weekend to compete in round two of the Gloucester Cross Country League, hosted at Blackridge by Gloucester Athletics Club. In the under-17 men’s category Monty Podger ran in 11th while in the women’s equivalent Jess Sutton and Kara Hughes were ninth and 11th respectively. Seren Allin finished well with second place in the under-20 women’s event and three Hartpury competitors in the men’s race finished in the top ten: James Symons was sixth ahead of Oliver Murray in seventh and Alex Conveney in eighth. Coach Mat Dewey also got in on the action, finishing 46th in the men’s senior event.