As our sports fixtures get back up and running, Wednesday’s action saw a mixture of friendly and competitive matches for our football, rugby and golf teams while our modern pentathletes got their season off to a flyer with a win over the weekend.
Six Hartpury football teams were in action on Wednesday, without a single loss between them. Both the college first and second teams kept a clean sheet whilst playing at home in their respective matches, with the firsts impressing in an 8-0 win against Birmingham Met Stourbridge’s first team and the seconds beating Walsall College firsts 4-0.
Meanwhile, the senior first XI held Nottingham Trent to a 1-1 draw in their friendly match. The junior third and fourth teams played away to Hereford Sixth Form firsts and Sandwell College seconds respectively, scoring 10 goals between them but having to settle for draws in two close fought matches. The only women’s team in action were the junior firsts who secured a convincing 5-1 victory over Solihull College first team.
In the rugby Hartpury’s senior first XV capitalised on the home advantage as they beat Nottingham Trent 31-19 in a friendly, while the junior firsts made every point count with 24-20 victory over SGS Filton in the AASE League. The junior seconds were playing away against Coleg y Cymoedd’s first XV in the AoC Premier League but lost out 7-14.
There was an all-Hartpury fixture at home when the junior firsts and seconds played each other in the AoC Premier League 1, resulting in a 53-31 victory for the first team. Playing away didn’t bother the junior third team who sealed an impressive victory 41-9 against Dudley College’s first team in the AoC WM League 1.
Our Modern Pentathlon team made a successful start to the new season at the National Tetrathlon Championships in Solihull on 24th September. Newcomer James Symons joined Oliver Murray and Jack Ayling in the Under-19s competition to claim team gold, which marked the modern pentathlon academy’s first national title of this season.
Alex Coveney and Lucas Epple also competed as individuals, placing eighth and ninth, making it a top 10 finish for all five of the Hartpury boys. Seren Allin meanwhile battled hard to climb from 13th following her opening swim to claim 10 place in the girls’ Under-19s event.
Elsewhere in the Under-17s competition three Hartpury debutants made solid starts to the season. Monty Podger finished in 15th place overall in the men’s whilst Jess Sutton and Kara Hughes made a good start in the women’s category with 9th and 17th place finishes respectively.
Finally, the Junior Golf Academy took part in the first round of the Intercollegiate College Tour at Bristol against Birmingham Metropolitan and Moulton Colleges. The A and B teams both came second in the gross and nett events. To top it off Adrian Mylrea won the individual competition and Alex Giles finished third.