Agony and ecstasy in equal measure for our sporting students this week as the junior rugby team tasted defeat for the first time in their quest for AASE glory while the netball teams enjoyed a clutch of victories.
Hartpury’s netballers had a fantastic day this Wednesday with all three teams who were in action unbeaten. The senior firsts claimed their first three points in BUCS Western 5B League, with a valuable 34-28 away win against Cardiff Medics. Also playing away were the junior firsts who had a good game at Hereford Sixth Form and came away victorious 28-22, which puts them at the head of the AoC Premier League. Meanwhile the junior thirds hosted Worcester Sixth Form and scored a convincing 39-9 win, meaning they climb to second in the AoC West Midlands League.
On the football field our senior seconds hosted Gloucestershire firsts for a close fought BUCS Western 2B League clash, hitting the net plenty of times to clinch a 4-3 win and stay at the top of the table undefeated. Elsewhere the senior thirds played away at Swansea to win 2-1 and remain unbeaten and at the pinnacle of BUCS Western 3B League. Our fourth team had a tougher time of it as they hosted Southampton but lost out 5-0 in BUCS Western 5A League. The senior women’s football team entertained the home crowds with a fantastic 5-0 win against Southampton seconds in BUCS Western 3A League.
There were some mixed results in a string of incredibly close matches for Hartpury’s rugby teams this week. Our senior seconds hosted top-of-the-table Bristol in BUCS Premier South A League in a match so close that neither side conceded a try and the final score line read 12-12. The thirds also played at home and despite scoring six tries were held to a 42-42 draw by Plymouth firsts in a nail-biting match which leaves them second in the BUCS Western 1A League. Hartpury’s women then gave the home crowd the victory they had been waiting for as they beat Swansea firsts 51-5, making it three bonus point wins from three matches in the BUCS Western 1A League. Following their example, the junior women’s side also cruised to a 72-17 victory against Loughborough firsts in a home friendly.
It was agony for the junior first team in their much-hyped AASE League game against Beechen Cliff School. They were chasing a place in the National Colleges final in a bid to win an eighth successive AASE title, but this time it was not to be as a hungry Beechen Cliff team turned around the form from earlier this season and beat our junior side 34-26.