Titles have been won and lost and finals are in full swing as the winter season reaches its climax for our sporting students.
The Golf Academy competed at the AoC National Open Golf Championships in St Andrews this week. George Bryant was in fine form and won the individual competition with scores of 70 and 74 while the Hartpury team came second overall.
Hartpury’s university rugby first XV had the home crowd on the edge of their seats in a nail-biting game against fellow BUCS Super Rugby side Leeds Beckett on Wednesday. The visitors were full of determination, with a place in the BUCS Championship semi-final at stake, and it took a last minute try for Hartpury to win 21-19 and stay on the road to the Twickenham final. A full report, including a video of the magic moment when victory was sealed, can be found here.
Meanwhile the seconds hosted North A side Nottingham in the BUCS Vase Quarter Final but lost out 17-11. The women’s firsts also experienced an uncharacteristic loss against Swansea in BUCS Western 1A but despite this they still top the league and will next face Birmingham in the BUCS Trophy.
The juniors fielded a side in the AASE Regional Sevens tournament but were unable to defend the title which they won in 2016 after tough games against Filton, Truro and Exeter resulted in three agonising defeats. However the fifths had a good result against Bourneville firsts in the AoC West Midlands League, turning around previous form and scoring a 34-31 victory.
At the weekend Gloucester-Hartpury clinched the title in Women’s Championship Midlands Two, playing at Kingsholm for the first time this season where they beat Worcester Ladies IIs 71-12 - read the full report here. Hartpury RFC came tantalisingly close to the National League One title after facing a tough test against Rosslyn Park where they triumphed 36-28, they now need just two more points to be crowned champions – read the full report here.
Our university football first team had it all to play for in their BUCS Championship semi-final match against Premier North side Northumbria. The visitors affirmed their competitiveness with an early goal but Hartpury kept to the task and equalised towards the end of the game which led to extra time. When this didn’t resolve matters a penalty shootout was called for but Hartpury narrowly lost out 5-4.
The senior fourth team also experienced defeat in their BUCS Western 5A match against Exeter fifths, despite attacking gameplay which resulted in the score being 4-3 at the whistle.
It was a big game for the women’s first team when they faced University of South Wales in the BUCS Western Conference Cup final. Despite a 9-1 loss Hartpury could walk away with their heads held high after playing admirably against a team from a higher league.
There was better fortune for the junior footballers with the seconds hosting Dudley in ECFA Premier League 2A and winning 3-2. Elsewhere the junior women competed in the Regional University and Colleges Competition, finishing second overall after drawing against Gloucester and scoring two wins against SGS and UBWFC.
It was a tough week for our netballers this week, with the senior firsts suffering a 32-27 defeat at home to Cardiff Medics in BUCS Western 5B and their junior counterparts narrowly losing out 43-38 to Truro and Penwith in the AoC Premier League. The junior seconds, also playing in the AoC Premier League, were beaten 63-31 by Exeter firsts while the thirds lost 67-45 to King Edward VI College Stourbridge .