Student Sports Round-up 09.12.16


Our footballers were out in force this week with some excellent results, while the golfers were in fine form again and the University first rugby team bounced back from last week’s shock result in style.

Members of our golf academy competed in the third round of the British Schools & Colleges Tour, facing Moulton College and Birmingham Met as part of Area Four. Hartpury again fielded two teams and this time Hartpury B won the nett competition but there was a tie between Hartpury A and B in the gross. Joel Smith won the individual competition which puts him ahead of team-mate Angus Bendall at the top of the individual order of merit.

It was a busy week for Hartpury’s footballers with eight teams in action on Wednesday, pulling in some good results overall. The senior second XI hosted Bath seconds in BUCS Western 2B League and a hard-fought 3-3 draw was good enough for Hartpury to stay top of the table. Also playing at home were the thirds who kept a clean sheet when beating Aberystwyth firsts 4-0 in BUCS Western 3B to go joint top of the league. It was a tough match for the fourths away against UWE’s third team and they eventually lost 1-0, leaving them at the bottom of BUCS Western 5A.

Of all the junior teams that played there was not a single loss, with a particularly impressive 11-0 victory for the under-18 women against Hereford Sixth Form in ECFA West Midlands 3B League. The men’s firsts saw off SGS firsts 1-0 in the ECFA Premier League to top group three while the seconds held Walford & North Shropshire firsts to a 4-4 draw in the West Midlands Premier League.

The junior thirds also played well to secure 3-1 victory against Birmingham Met seconds in the West Midlands 2C League which leaves them at the top of the table. In the West Midlands 3B League the fourths hosted Stratford-upon-Avon firsts and scored an impressive five goals without answer to win 5-0.

Our junior netballers were in fine form at home against Truro firsts on Wednesday, winning comfortably 53-30 to top the table in the AoC Premier League. Their senior counterparts were also in action at home, playing against Cardiff sevens in BUCS Western 5B League, but they lost out 50-23.

Hartpury RFC continued their impressive run of bonus point wins against Moseley RFC at the weekend, seeing off their nearest rivals 64-5 to continue sitting imperiously at the top of National League 1, read the full report here.

On Wednesday the University first XV were out to prove that last week’s defeat against Exeter was a one-off as they faced Bath away in the BUCS Super Rugby League. They had to come from behind but once they hit their stride they ran in three tries to win 24-14 and now head into the Christmas break joint top of the table with Loughborough with one game in hand over the East Midlanders.

The senior seconds came agonisingly close against Swansea firsts in their BUCS Premier South A League clash, matching their Welsh rivals try-for-try but losing out 29-28 when the whistle blew. Meanwhile the junior fourth team had an even closer match at home against Hereford Sixth Form firsts where they eventually drew 12-12. The draw was good enough for them to stay at the top of AoC West Midlands League 1 alongside Hereford.

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