A magnificent seven for Hartpury RFC, two clean sheets for our Women’s rugby teams, a whole host of wins for the footballers and much more. Another fantastic week for Hartpury’s sporting students!
Our footballers enjoyed a better run of form this week as both the firsts and fourths bounced back from defeat in last Wednesday’s BUCS matches with a win apiece. The senior first XI beat hosts Chicester 3-1 in the BUCS Premier South League while at home three more senior teams were in action in their respective tiers of the BUCS Western League. The thirds sent Cardiff Met’s first team home without a goal and scoring an impressive 6-0 win. Elsewhere the seconds defeated Cardiff’s second team in a competitive 5-3 match and the fourths beat a visiting Exeter team 2-1.
The senior women’s first team capitalised on the home advantage in their BUCS Western 3A League game against USW seconds, keeping a clean sheet and scoring a massive 10 goals in a convincing victory. Unfortunately, their compatriots in the junior ladies firsts couldn’t add to the tally as they lost out 5-2 against KE VI Stourbridge in the ECFA Knockout Cup.
Only two of the junior men’s football teams were in action this week but they both made it count. A 1-0 win for the junior firsts against Birmingham Met Stourbridge in the ECFA Category 1 League made it five from five this season and keeps them at the top of the table in group three. At home the junior fourth team played Solihull VI Form in the ECFA Knockout Cup and came away victorious in a goal-fuelled match that ended 6-4.
Our rugby teams had another strong showing at the weekend, as yet again Hartpury RFC first XV came away with a bonus point win as they scored eight tries and dispatched Blaydon RFC 47-5. This makes it a magnificent seven from seven for the team who sit imperiously at the top of National League 1. Again determined not to outdone the Gloucester-Hartpury Women went away to Bridgnorth and scored 105 points without conceding a single point themselves. This was a fourth bonus point win for the team heading the Women’s Championships Midlands 2 table.
On Wednesday the senior women’s firsts continued that form with a 72-0 victory away at USW in the BUCS Western 1A League. Meanwhile three senior men’s teams were in action, kicking off with a third win in the BUCS National Super League for the first XV. They fought hard to see off Cardiff Met firsts 20-17 and so stay at the top of the table. The seconds hosted Swansea firsts for their BUCS match and won 17-13 which puts them third in the South A League. To cap it all off the senior third team came away from a head-to-head with Gloucestershire with a 15-11 victory that leaves them at the top of the BUCS Western 1A table.
Mixed fortunes for our netballers prompted a reshuffle of the AoC National Premier League with a 56-47 loss to Gower College for our junior women’s first team dropping them to second in the table. However, a 42-29 victory for the seconds against Hereford 6th Form College moves them up to third place in the league. Meanwhile a hard-won 45-43 game against Birmingham Met Stourbridge firsts put the junior third team through round one of the AoC National Cup.
The Golf Academy competed in the first round of the British Schools and Colleges Tour at Wishaw Golf Club this week, facing Birmingham Metropolitan and Moulton Colleges again. Their excellent form continued as Hartpury A won the gross competition and Hartpury B won the nett competition. Meanwhile George Bryant took the honours in the individual competition.