Blades Winter Round-Up

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Since the last week of 1st term, it's been a quiet period for most of our clubs - a chance to rest and recover. For others, it's been their busiest time of the year!

Have a read through some of the things we've been up to across the last 6 weeks.



A quiet BUCS week with just 15 fixtures saw the Blades encounter some difficult opponents and record just 6 wins. Despite this, there were some important results that ensured several Essex teams reamined at the top of their league over the Winter Break.

Football Men's 1st stayed top after a solid 4-2 win over Imperial 1st. A brace each for Ty Bond and Rigers Kabashi keeps Essex's promotion push alive going into the second half of the season.

All 4 Essex Basketball teams recorded wins to highlight the strength of the programme here:

  • Basketball Men's 1st won 100-75 v Bournemouth 1st
  • Basketball Women's 1st won 77-68 v Bournemouth 1st
  • Basketball Women's 2nd received a walkover v LSE 1st
  • Basketball Men's 3rd won 88-64 v LSE 2nd



Fixtures: 15
Won: 6
Drew: 0
Lost: 9
Winning Percentage: 40%

In 2018/19, Essex recorded a winning percentage of 50% from 16 fixtures during Week 10.



Squash Men’s 1st travelled to Kings College to play their Men’s 2nd team. The first match was played by Henry Heap who narrrowly lost 1-3 (8/11, 12/10, 11/13, 11/13) to his opponent. Second to play was Toby Darroch who won convincingly 3-0 (11/6, 11/9, 11/3). James Garwood played next and achieved a solid 3-0 victory (11/1, 11/5, 11/4). Kieran Hillman played the final and won his game comfortably with a score of 3-0 (11/3, 11/6, 11/0). Overall the Blades played great squash and were able to go home with a deserved 4-1 win.


Kieran Hillman in action for Essex Men's Squash 1st during their 4-1 over Kings College 2nd.


There was also a double win for our Perfomance Volleyball teams who both put in commanding performances to overcome their opposition. Volleyball Men's 1st beat Cambridge 1st 3-0, and Volleyball Women's 1st beat Imperial 1st, also by a score of 3 sets to 0.



Fixtures: 9
Won: 6
Drew: 0
Lost: 3
Winning Percentage: 67%

In 2018/19, Essex recorded a winning percentage of 42% from 12 fixtures during Week 11.



Our Pole Dance Club hosted their annual Winter Showcase before the Winter break. Since the club only has two competitions a year, the showcase is a great opportunity for members to present everything they have learned class and show off all their hard work so far. The line-up included everyone from beginners, who only started pole dance in October, to advanced members and even some alumni. The evening was a big success with a fantastic turnout of club members and non-members. The club would like to thank our Competition and Performance Secretary, Kayla, for organising the event; the light, sound and staff in Sub Zero for helping the night run smoothly; and of course all the performers, without whom, there would be no show!

Members of the Essex Pole Dance Club Committee after their successful Winter Showcase.


Our Men’s Football Club organised an inter club tournament after Christmas to keep the spirit and professionalism going after a strong first term finish from all teams. All 5 teams played each other in a round robin style tournament. The first team, as expected, dominated the competition scoring 11 goals in total and conceding nil to win every game. The first team even beat the 2nds 4-0 which shows great promise ahead of joining the Focus Sport programme for the 2020-21 season. Credit must go to the 3rd team who pushed the 2nds all the way, but ended up finishing just short in third place. The 5th team surprised everyone, by not letting their results affect their determination which ultimately resulted in them finishing in 4th place, ahead of the 4th team on goal difference. It was great to see every player get some minutes on the field, especially after the  break.


And finally, our Snow Sports Club went on their annual ski trip during the first week of the winter break. This year, the destination was Val Thorens in France, which is part of the biggest ski resort in Europe, with a total slope length of 600km. The weather was amazing, with an abundance of sunny days making skiing and snowboarding during the day all the more fun. The club took a small group of 7 people which gave it a family feeling and everyone had a great time, skiing during the day and enjoying the mountain top bars and clubs in the evening.


Members of our Snow Sports Club brave the cold during their recent trip to Val Thorens.




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