There were some mixed fortunes this week, with a shock result for Hartpury’s top rugby players, as well as some commendable performances including a massive victory for the women’s rugby stars and good efforts from two non-academy sporting teams on their first major outing of the season.
This week Hartpury sent two recreational teams to compete in the AoC West Midlands Regional Championships. The women’s hockey team played Hereford and KE Stourbridge, both to 0-0 draws, but went on to win 4-0 against Shrewsbury and took home silver medals, missing out on gold due to a one-point goal difference. The men’s basketball team played four games, with admirable losing efforts against Sandwell College, Halesowen and Newcastle-under-Lyme. They then finished on a high against Solihull College with a 14-12 victory.
It was home advantage all round when our junior netball first and second teams faced off against each other in the AoC Premier League. In an exciting game the firsts sealed the victory 53-23; both teams played exceptionally well and the firsts now sit at the top of the league.
All three junior rugby teams who were in action this Wednesday came away with crucial wins, headed by an impressive 69-7 victory for the seconds against Coleg Sir Gar firsts in the AoC Premier League. The thirds hosted Filton seconds in a home friendly and sealed their success 17-0. Elsewhere the fifth team faced Worcester Sixth Form seconds in the AoC West Midlands League 1 and won 26-14 to climb up a place in the table. Then on Thursday the junior firsts powered to a 48-12 victory against Oaklands College in the AASE League Finals Play-Off, securing third place in the competition.
Our senior women’s team thrilled the home crowd when running in a mammoth 18 tries without conceding a point as they faced USW firsts in BUCS Western 1A League and finished 112-0. They continue to sit at the pinnacle of the table with this game making it five bonus point wins from five games.
Hartpury RFC maintained their unbeaten run in National League 1 by despatching Loughborough 47-25, read the full report here. Unfortunately, our BUCS first team were unable to extend their run of wins as they tasted defeat for the first time in the Super League at the hands of Exeter. Without the home advantage Hartpury were expecting a tough game and faced a formidable Exeter side who seized the momentum early on and powered ahead to win 42-10. Hartpury still maintain their position at the top of the league though and will face Bath next week.
The seconds had more luck against Exeter in BUCS Premier South A League where they earned a hard fought 20-18 victory. The thirds were unable to see off Cardiff’s third team when playing away in BUCS Western 1A League and lost 30-8, but Hartpury still hold on to second in the table.
Of the four senior men’s football teams in action only the firsts managed to triumph this week when beating East London 4-1 away in BUCS Premier South; they now sit third in the table with two games in hand. The seconds had a tough test away against UWE firsts in BUCS Western 2B and lost 3-1. Meanwhile at home the thirds hosted Cardiff Medics thirds in BUCS Western 3B League although it was a close run match Hartpury were unable to get ahead and lost 2-1. The fourth team struggled to get points on the board against an impressive Winchester team in BUCS Western 5A League and lost 7-0.
Hartpury women’s firsts scored goals aplenty for an emphatic 4-2 victory against Bristol in BUCS Western 3A League. Meanwhile at home our junior firsts made excellent progress in the ESFA U18 Hudl Elite Cup, beating Sparsholt College 3-1 which takes them through to round four of the competition.