There was lots of sports action this week, with the return of BUCS rugby livestreaming online, modern pentathletes out in force and plenty of goals scored in football and netball.
At the weekend our netball academy players had a host of success with the AoC National Colleges B squad naming Scarlett Smith as captain and Darcie Dunn as vice-captain, while Samantha Lane was made vice-captain of the A squad. Olivia Jones was also awarded coaches’ player of the weekend after an outstanding performance with the AoC A squad. Meanwhile Emma Johnson and Brooke Vivian debuted for the Severn Stars under-21s and were captained to victory against Wasps by assistant coach Kellie Cull.
On Wednesday the junior thirds added to the netball success with a very closely fought 24-23 home victory against Hereford Sixth Form which sees them climb to second in the table in the AoC West Midlands league. Unfortunately the junior seconds couldn’t add another win to the tally as they lost out 47-30 to Gower Swansea firsts in a tough away game in the AoC Premier league.
Several athletes from our modern pentathlon academy were in action at the weekend for Pentathlon GB’s under-19 youth ranking competition, held at the University of Bath. Jessica Sutton was best of the girls in 11th , with Seren Allin finishing in 16th and Kara Hughes coming 25th. Oliver Murray edged to victory in the boys’ competition, winning by just two points from his nearest rival. Monty Podger was next best for Hartpury in 12th place, closely followed by Alex Coveney in 16th and James Symons who finished 19th.
The junior football first team kicked off the week in style when they hosted Strachan Football Foundation firsts in the ECFA Premier League, eventually winning 4-3 after an exciting match. On BUCS Wednesday the senior firsts scored a valuable 1-0 victory against University of South Wales in the Premier South League. Meanwhile the junior thirds had a great game against Henley College, keeping a clean sheet and winning 6-0 to take them to second in ECFA West Midlands 2C league.
Unfortunately the junior seconds lost out 3-1 against Heart of Worcestershire College in West Midlands 2A and the fourths were beaten 7-3 by King Edward VI Stourbridge in the Category 3 Premier league. The junior women’s team played well against league leaders Solihull College, winning 3-1 and climbing to second in the table in Women’s Category 3B.
BUCS Super Rugby resumed this week and Hartpury’s University Centre first XV headed up to Leeds Beckett to resume their campaign. After getting off to a slow start Hartpury hit their stride in the second half and pulled off a 27-7 victory which leaves them heading the table from nearest challengers Loughborough.
Our junior rugby team faced some tough tests this week with all three teams playing away matches. The seconds faced Coleg Gwent in the AoC Premier League but lost 15-10 and now sit second in the table. Elsewhere in West Midlands 1 the fourths were beaten 24-17 by table-topping Hereford Sixth Form while it was agonisingly close for the fifths who came within one point against Cirencester but were edged out 20-19.
Hartpury RFC continued their seemingly unstoppable charge in National League 1 at the weekend, beating Fylde 57-31; read the full match report here. The next day Gloucester-Hartpury Ladies also maintained their 100% record with a 15-0 win in the wet against Bletchley; read the full match report here.