There was more tournament success for our sports teams this week, with the golfers and netballers extending their excellent run of form. Although our footballers had mixed fortunes, the rugby teams were without a loss between them.
Our Junior Netball first team faced a tough competition on Wednesday in the County round of the National Schools tournament but were riding high after victory in the AoC West Midlands Regional tournament just last week. They won six of their seven games which put them through to face Pates School in the semi-final. Victory there led to a tough match with Chosen Hill in the final, but again the Hartpury girls came away with the title and will go on to represent Gloucestershire in the Netball South West Regional Schools round.
Meanwhile at home the second team fought hard but ended up losing 45-30 to Gower Swansea firsts in the AoC National Premier League. The thirds were also in action against Cirencester’s first team and played well to score a 35-20 win.
The Golf Academy had another successful week as they played in the Intercollegiate Tour at Tewkesbury Park against Birmingham Met and Moulton College. Both the A and B teams had wins in the gross and nett competition while Caitlin Evans-Brand won the individual competition.
All of the rugby teams who were in action this week came away victorious with some great results all round. At the weekend Hartpury RFC first team made it six from six with another bonus point win in National League 1, defeating the visiting Hull Ionians 43-14. Not to be outshone the next day Gloucester-Hartpury Women scored an impressive 63-15 against Bletchley Ladies in the RFU Women’s Championship Midlands 2.
The stellar run of rugby form continued on Wednesday, with the talking point being the BUCS Super Rugby showdown between Hartpury’s University first team and reigning champions Exeter. An action-packed second half culminated in a 41-18 victory, which was well received by a stand full of vocal supporters! A second Exeter-Hartpury head to head was on the cards as both Universities’ second teams lined up against each other in BUCS Premier South A League, but Exeter went home without a win as Hartpury outscored them 51-21. Meanwhile the BUCS third team hosted Cardiff University in Western 1A League; building on last week’s win against Plymouth they defeated Cardiff 51-7.
Further extending their unbeaten run, the Under-18s scored another win in the AASE league, seeing off Truro & Penwith College firsts 29-14 and fixing the AASE League national colleges title firmly in their sights. The Junior seconds kept a clean sheet and racked up a host of tries in their friendly against Truro & Penwith’s second team, finishing on 78-0.
There were mixed fortunes for the senior Football teams in their BUCS matches this week. The first XI hosted USW firsts in the BUCS Premier South League but narrowly lost 1-0. The fourth team also suffered defeat at the hands of UWE thirds, 5-1. Fortunes were on the rise further afield as the second XI came away from a trip to Bath with a 3-2 win in the BUCS Western 2B League and the thirds also secured victory 5-4 at Aberystwyth.
The Senior Women’s first team were playing away in the BUCS Western 3A League, but after a hard fought match they lost out 5-3 to Trinity St David’s Carmarthen firsts.
All four junior teams fared well in their ECFA League matches with victories across the board. The first XI played Bath College first team at home and secured another ECFA Premier League Cat 1 win with an impressive 5-0 score. Elsewhere the seconds came away from Dudley College with a 3-2 victory, the thirds defeated Cirencester seconds 5-1 and the fourth team had a rewarding trip to Stafford who they defeated 7-2.