This week our golfers took part in a nail-biting playoff, the home crowd were treated to an all-Hartpury rugby match and our junior footballers posted some impressive scores.
Hartpury Women’s first XI were the only senior Football side in action this Wednesday as they hosted Cardiff seconds in the BUCS Western Conference Cup. Their 2-1 victory takes them through to the quarter finals of the knockout competition where they will face Gloucestershire seconds in February. Their junior counterparts had a tougher time in the ESFA U18 College Trophy however, and they were knocked out when beaten 6-0 by Itchen College.
The junior men’s teams who were in action had better fortunes in their cup matches, with both the seconds and fourths playing against teams from Dudley. Hartpury’s junior seconds faced Dudley seconds in ECFA National Premier Cup and kept a clean sheet while scoring goals aplenty as they won 11-0. The fourths also had a high-scoring game when they saw off Dudley’s third team 9-1 in the ECFA National Knockout Cup.
Hartpury’s junior netball first team continued their fine run of form with another win in the AoC Premier League. They played Exeter College firsts and landed plenty in the net to finish 57-36 and secure joint top spot in the table.
At Tewkesbury Park our golfers went right to the wire in round one of the BUCS Western Conference Cup. The mixed firsts had their work cut out for them against UWE and the two teams finished 3-3, resulting in a playoff for a place in the next round. Hartpury clinched their spot by winning the second extra hole and will now face Bournemouth fourths in the Quarter Finals in February.
It was red and black all round as the junior fourth and fifth teams faced off against each other in the AoC Rugby West Midlands League 1. In the end it was the fourths who won out but they were given a good run for their money and the final score read 24-15. Elsewhere the junior women’s team took part in an AASE Tens tournament and came home undefeated. They convincingly saw off Bishop Burton 57-0, then conceded just a few points when beating Filton 59-15, before they finished matters off with a 34-0 victory against Loughborough.
There was disappointment for the senior seconds, who hosted Cardiff firsts in the BUCS Premier South A League, as they lost out 12-20 and now sit third in the table. Meanwhile our third team faced Exeter in the BUCS Trophy, but were knocked out of the competition after they were beaten 38-9. However, the senior Women’s first XV had a better time of it as they took on St Mary’s University in the BUCS Rugby Trophy. Running in an impressive 13 tries, and yet again not conceding a single point, Hartpury raced through to the final 16 with an 87-0 away win.
Some strong rugby results from Hartpury’s top teams topped the bill as they scored three big wins between them to continue their unbeaten runs. Hartpury RFC kicked things off with an 11-try masterclass against Darlington Mowden Park at the weekend, streaking to their 12th successive bonus point win in impressive style – read all about it here. Then Gloucester-Hartpury Women extended their unbeaten run with a 26-13 win over Loughborough, a team from the league above, in Championship North - full report here. On Wednesday our BUCS first XV were given a shake-up when Leeds Beckett got ahead on the scorecard, but Hartpury came back to triumph 30-23 - click here to read all about the action.