The BUCS action continued this week as we passed the halfway point of Term 1. It was another solid week, with the Blades winning over 50% of their fixtures. Check out some of the highlights from this week below.
Of course, there's also another episode of Blades TV - featuring highlights of recent BUCS action and an interview with Men's Basketball player Rory Winter.
WEEK 5 HIGHLIGHTS:
Rugby Men's 2nd were looking to build on recent positive results and welcomed Writtle College 1st, who made the short journey up to Wivenhoe Park for this BUCS Conference Plate fixture. Despite being 2 leagues below the Blades, Writtle gave a good account of themselves but could not match the performance of Essex. 4 tries from Nick Foan, a brace each for Josh Lewis, Martin Barral and Mohamed Serry and a plethora of assists from Omar Opoku-Addo gave Essex a big win. The Blades forwards also put in great shifts, working around the pitch and crashing it up the field, with particular mentioned to front row Rhys Palombo (Man of the Match), Jevan Watson and Adam Roper. Final score: Essex 2nd 82-7 Writtle College 1st.
Hockey Men's 1st, who had a fine win in the first round of the cup last week, welcomed Hertfordshire to the theatre of dreams on a cold Wednesday afternoon. Essex started with great intensity with their first goal coming in the first 10 minutes. After the first, the flood gates opened with a 6-0 score line to the Blades at half time as the Essex team pushed for double figures. The game finished 15-0 with hat tricks from Aiden Griggs, Jack Berry and man of the match Elliot Steele just to name a few of the goal scorers. It was a brilliant display of teamwork and the team are hoping to bring this boost to the next game.
Hockey Women's 1st were also coming into their game on a good run of form, currently unbeaten and hoping to continue their winning streak against Kings College 3rd. The Blades worked together seamlessly to achieve the 15-0 win against Kings College London Womens 3’s. The score was not only a reflection of their hard work in training, teamwork on and off the pitch, countless goals from players such as Jasmine Vincent and great play from players such as Woman of the Match Louise Burgess; it is a true reflection of the story of the underdog. This team came back from a difficult season last year as a relentless storm winning all of their games so far this season, showing in turn to other universities and Essex what UEHC is made of.
Both Essex Performance Volleyball teams made the long journey to Bournemouth this week for Premier division fixtures. Despite their best efforts, Volleyball Women's 1st were unable to shake off Bournemouth as the Blades lost a four-set match. After conceding the opening set to the home team, the Blades were in a prime position to even the match during the second set. However, a series of Essex errors allowed Bournemouth to capture another set win. The Blades enjoyed their best attacking numbers during the third set, which resulted in Essex winning the set in wire-to-wire fashion. Facing a 5 point deficit during the fourth set, Bournemouth managed to beat Essex to the finish line, breaking the tie with two sudden points to claim the 25-23 victory and clinch the match.
Volleyball Men's 1st, led by right side Riley Friesen, put forth a strong front against Bournemouth University on Wednesday, winning the match 3-0. The Blades set themselves apart from Bournemouth during the entire match with their serving presence. With multiple back-to-back aces the Blades totalled 12 aces throughout the game. With a 3 game winning streak, the Blades are finally starting to find their rhythm and are looking to continue their winning streak against Imperial on November 20th.
Other notable results this week included:
- Wins for Essex in all Basketball fixtures (Men's 2nd winning 102-64 v City 1st, Women's 1st winning 77-70 against Cardiff Met 1st and Men's 1st beating Brunel 1st 117-74)
- 2 cup wins for Men's Badminton (Men's 1st beating Kent 1st 6-2, Men's 2nd beating UCL 3rd 5-3)
- Another win for Women's Fencing 1st (132-108 v Sussex 1st) who are flying following promotion last year.
- Cup wins for Women's Football 1st (7-1 v UCL 1st) and Netball 1st (46-31 v Kings College 3rd)
- A last minute equaliser from captain Alex Mickhael Foaud earned Lacrosse Men's 1st a point at home to Kings College. Barnie Lyons scored 6 goals for the Blades in the 9-9 draw.
Netball 1st after their 46-31 win over Kings College moved them into the next round of the Conference Cup.
SUMMARY OF BUCS RESULTS – WEEK 5 - 2019/20
Winning Percentage: 53%
In 2018/19, Essex recorded a winning percentage of 46% from 35 fixtures during Week 5.
Away from BUCS...
Our Swimming team made the journey to Surrey last week to compete in a regional Gala, giving a great account of themselves finishing 3rd overall.
And finally, our Lacrosse Club entered the Hertfordshire Fresher 8’s Tournament on Sunday, for students with less than a years pitch experience of Lacrosse. Due to such high levels of freshers recruitment Essex were able to field 2 full teams with many subs, giving our players well matched opposition and valuable pitch experience.
The women’s team captained by Gabrielle Laylo won 3, drew 1 and lost 1, finishing 3rd overall out of 9 teams. This included a win over Derby Day rivals UEA 6-3. Never in all the years of Derby Day have the women’s team won, so spirits are high ahead of Derby Day in April. The Men’s team captained by Joe Dykes won 5 and lost 1, only finished 2nd to Loughborough!