We have another double Blades Blog for you this week as we round up the last two busy BUCS weeks of Term 1. It's been a great term so far, but could the Blades keep up the fine form?
There's also another episode of Blades TV - featuring highlights of recent Blades action and an interview with Alice Firth (Captain) and Isabelle Wallings (Vice-Captain) from our Football Women's 1st team.
WEEK 8 HIGHLIGHTS:
Lacrosse Women’s 1st ended the month of November strongly as they welcomed Canterbury to Wivenhoe Park on a wet and muddy BUCS Wednesday. With strong support on the side line from the Men’s team, Essex dominated the entire game with a comfortable lead from the first quarter, including a hat-trick from Captain Annabel Pike. Canterbury’s strong attacks made life difficult for the Blades however consistent defending, excellent goalkeeping and strong attacks of their own allowed Essex to control the pace of the game. This final game of 2019 left Essex with high spirits ahead of the rest of the BUCS season and future Cup rounds. Final score: Essex 8-4 Canterbury Christ Church.
Lacrosse Women's 1st after their 8-4 win over Canterbury Christ Church.
Fencing Men’s 1st brought home an incredible win against Imperial 3rd. After a rough start, losing the first weapon (Sabre) Essex came back strongly and won the second weapon (Épée) 45-33. The match would be decided by the result of the last weapon (Foil) where the Blades were losing 22-30 until the last bout where their anchor (last man to fence) made an incredible comeback of 13 points ultimately securing Essex the overall win! The final score was tied at 122-122, but the Blades won 2/3 swords and therefore the match.
Celebrations on the way home for the Fencing Men's 1st after their narrow win over Imperial 3rd.
Hockey Women's 1st played a tough match against Arts London Women’s 1st in BUCS Week 8. The game started off with a lot of pressure from the opposition but the Blades quickly stepped it up and started to dominate the game, leading 6-0 at half-time. Despite heavy rain Essex continued to score goals in the second half with their opponents only managing to break through the Blades defence once. Jasmine and Ellie received joint women of the match for their amazing play. Both contributed to the score with Jasmine scoring 4 goals and Ellie scoring 3, showing great skill on the pitch against the other team. Final score: Essex 12 – 1 Arts London.
Futsal Men 1st were scheduled to play a double-header away at Brunel University London on 24th November, a league match against Brunel's 2nd team and a postponed cup game against Brunel 4th team. Essex took a large team knowing it wouldn’t be easy to play two matches back to back. The cup match was first and by half time the Blades were leading 6-0, which allowed them to play tactically and save energy for the second match. A strong second half performance ensured Essex held onto the victory, winning 17-10. Brunel’s 2nd had watched the Blades first match and definitely underestimated them. Essex started the game aggressively with high pressing which left the opponents surprised and enabled the Blades to quickly gain a 5 goal advantage. Essex continued to control the rest of the game and won with a score of 8-3. These results meant Essex reached the last 16 in the cup and climbed up to the 2nd place in their league. A fantastic double win!
SUMMARY OF BUCS RESULTS – WEEK 8 - 2019/20
Winning Percentage: 41%
In 2018/19, Essex recorded a winning percentage of 55.5% from 45 fixtures during Week 8.
WEEK 9 HIGHLIGHTS:
Fencing Women's 1st had their last league match this term against Reading. Despite missing one of their key players, the Essex team fenced strongly and confidently, winning all three weapons. Well done to Solene and Juliana who both fenced foil and sabre for the first time and won 2/3 bouts! Another shout out goes to Ana who fenced one of her best foil matches so far despite an injury. Team captain Vlada anchored all three weapons and led the team to win all including sabre, which the team had struggled with previously. The women’s 1st team is doing very well, having only been promoted to tier 1 this year and are currently in second place having won 4/5 matches.
It was a great week for the Women's Football Club as both teams picked up important league wins. Football Women's 1st hosted Queen Mary's 1st and cruised to a 7-1 win, with Isabelle Wallings grabbing a hat-trick. The win ensured Essex head into the Winter Break unbeaten. Football Women's 2nd were on the road as they made the journey south to play King's College 3rd. The long journey was worth it, with Essex returning on the right end of a 9-goal thriller, winning 5-4 and bringing home a well deserved 3 points.
Hockey Men's 2nd picked up an excellent result away at Greenwich 1st this week, narrowly beating their hosts 1-0. Our Equestrian A Team achieved 3rd place overall in the BUCS team competition, with Thias awarded 4th out of 12 best individual riders.
SUMMARY OF BUCS RESULTS – WEEK 9 - 2019/20
Winning Percentage: 41%
In 2018/19, Essex recorded a winning percentage of 52% from 33 fixtures during Week 9.
AWAY FROM BUCS...
Our Handball Club recently travelled to Cambridge to play Cambridge University Handball Club. This was the first match for many of the Blades new players some of which had never played a Handball match before. Both teams did a great job but unfortunately lost to the more experienced Cambridge teams. The final scores were 36-28 for the Men’s team and 20-18 for the Women’s team. The club is looking forward to meeting Cambridge again for the University Championship in March 2020, and at which they will hopefully bring home the trophy.
The Sub-Aqua club ran their first trip to Stoney Cove this year with great success! Four members completed their open water certification, two members their advanced student qualification and everyone completed their dry suit qualification. As part of Movember, Russ and Charlie, two of their committee members went for a dive with their moustaches along with the rest of the group wearing fake moustaches.
And last but by no means least, the Equestrian Club competed in the Polo Christmas tournament hosted by the University of Kent on the 30th of November. The competition included games against the East India Club, University of Kent, University of East Anglia, Reading University and one independent club. Essex won first place in the Novice Category, William Galvin was awarded best novice player and the Blades won best overall club with a total of 7 wins out of 10 chukkas.