Mixed fortunes for our sports teams this week, but some cracking results for the netballers, golfers and women’s rugby players, who all clinched tournament success.
Our Junior Netball first team were unbeaten to claim the AoC West Midlands Regional Tournament title in Stoke-on-Trent and will now represent the West Midlands at the AoC National Finals in April.
They won the final against Newcastle-under-Lyme 16-7 after seeing off KE Stourbridge 13-0 in the semis. Their pool stage saw them claim wins against Newcastle-under-Lyme 13-6, Gloucestershire College 18-1, Solihull College 16-3, Dudley College 20-0 and Staffordshire College 25-4. Full report to follow!
The golfers will also have a chance to stage on the national stage after winning the team title at the AoC West Midland Regional Tournament at Worfield.
The Hartpury boys - George Bryant, Liam Williams, Angus Bendall and Joel Smith - occupied the first four places to all qualify as the team for the national finals. George also won the individual title with Liam in second.
Three of our girls also made it into the national team of four -Alex Giles, who also won the girls’ competition on plus two for the best overall score on the day, plus Adrian Myrlea and Meg Rossouw.
The Academy golfers also travelled to Cornwall to compete in the Alexander Quin invitational tournament held at St Mellion International.
The boys won the team event by eight shots with George winning the individual by a shot from Liam Williams.
The junior rugby girls were emphatic winners of the AASE Colleges 10s tournament at Pulborough RFC in West Sussex, seeing off Worthing 53-0, Loughborough 31-5 and Filton 26-0.
There was success for the university rugby first team too as they played their first match in the new BUCS Super Rugby competition, winning a thrilling encounter 29-25 at Durham University.
The BUCS seconds lost 22-14 at Cardiff firsts, having stepped up to BUCS Premier South A level, while the thirds won 35-19 at Plymouth firsts in BUCS Western 1A.
The Under-18s first team maintained their unbeaten run to win 51-26 at Beechencliff in the AASE League, having already qualified for the knockout stages as they bid to win the AASE League national colleges title for an incredible eighth year in a row.
The junior thirds also won, 20-0 at home to Exeter College seconds, the fourths won 43-8 at home to Worcester Sixth Form and the fifths lost 38-10 at Hereford Sixth Form College – all in the AoC League.
There was also a rare defeat for the Gloucester-Hartpury women’s team, as they were beaten 51-5 to Aylesford Bulls Ladies in a friendly.
There was a disappointing 2-0 defeat for the senior football team at Bath University in the BUCS Premier South League – a title they are bidding to defend this season – but there was a better result for the junior first team, who won 2-1 at Strachan Football Foundation in the ECFA Premier League Cat 1.
The junior thirds won 5-0 against North Warwickshire and Hinckley first team in the ECFA West Midlands League Cat 2C and the fourths won 5-1 at Walford and North Shropshire seconds in Cat 3.
There was success for Hartpury’s women’s football and futsal programme as the junior team won 6-3 at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College in the ECFA WM League Cat 3B and also saw off St Brendan’s Sixth Form 4-1 at home in the ESFA Under-18s Cup.