Essex on target during excellent week

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After a challenging previous week, the Blades were keen to show a positive reaction - and what a reaction it was. This week, Essex had over 50% win rate in weekly BUCS fixtures, supported by strong performances in the BUCS Archery Regionals, Inter-University Pole Dance Competition and Bucks New Dance Competition. Find out all the details below.

There's also another episode of Blades TV - featuring highlights of recent Blades action and an interview with Matt and Lewis from our Men's Rugby Club.



Our Archery Club took part in the BUCS Indoor Regional Qualifiers in Bristol. The Blades had a fantastic day breaking personal records and achieving new heights as a team in what has been their best year yet. Josh (Experienced) and Robyn (Novice) broke 400 milestones, both big achievements. Consistently performing well, Sophie proved that her spot on the 1st team is well deserved. She was in a very competitive category this time and only just missed the qualification score for the finals. Massive congratulations to the club’s future President and Captain, Lauren Bann who scored an incredible 577 /600 placing 2nd in her category. Congratulations as well to Leonard Findlay on qualifying again in his last BUCS competition with Essex. Good luck to both of them in the finals on the 14th March.

The Essex Blades Archery Club following the BUCS Indoor Regional Archery competition.


Fencing Women’s 1st hosted their penultimate league match this season against UCL 2nd. The Blades had already played their opponents just over a month ago, finishing with the score 135-80 to Essex. This time, Essex improved the result by winning 135-72, with one of their best Epee scores this season: 45-20. This result perfectly sets up the final fixture of the year - Essex 1st v Royal Holloway 1st, with the winner of that one also winning the league.



Fixtures: 33
Won: 18
Drew: 1
Lost: 13
Winning Percentage: 55%

In 2018/19, Essex recorded a winning percentage of 53.6% from 28 fixtures during Week 17.



Pole Dancing competed in the Inter-University Pole Dance Competition (IUPDC) hosted by Kings College London. Essex entered four categories: Beginner (Lauren Bell),  Intermediate (Kirstie Garbould), Advanced (Jordon Clarkson) & Group (Sam Redding, Alicia Kirk, Karen Fuggle, Kayla Geohagen & Una Brannigan). 

Being in the South-East regional heat, Essex had a big challenge ahead of them to get to Nationals. This heat has always been challenging with UCL, Cambridge & Imperial being amongst the plethora of our competitors. Despite the tough competition, all of Essex’s athletes did amazingly well in their categories. Laura Bell placed 2nd in Beginners, Kirstie Gaubould placed 4th in iIntermediate, Jordon Clarkson placed 6th in Advanced, and the Group placed 4th in their category. Although unfortunately they weren’t able to qualify for nationals, Essex managed to hold their ground and place 4th out of 11 universities overall.

Our Pole Dance Club's Group routine at the recent Inter-University Pole Dance Competition (IUPDC), finishing 4th in the category.


Our Dance Club attended Bucks New Dance Competition entering 5 categories: Advanced Ballet, Advanced Jazz, Advanced Contemporary, Advanced Street and Wildcard. 

Jazz (coached by Charlotte Hutchinson) achieved 4th place in their category against tough competition and all dancers performed amazingly. Contemporary coach Marla Fernando said her team really enjoyed the performance, placing 4th in their category. Ballet (coached by Kam Pui Yue) was able beat their competition with their classical Ballet routine and thereby securing 1st place. The Street category had some fantastic performances and Essex received perfect scores on costumes and musicality from some judges - with the scores in the category being incredibly tight, Essex achieving a strong 4th place. The Commercial team (coached by Eszter Banyai) competed in the wildcard category, which was the most competitive it’s ever been. Essex managed to come 4th out of 9 teams which is an amazing result considering the competition included teams who study dance as their degree.

All coaches were really proud of their teams and everyone is already working hard again to make improvements for their next competition this weekend.

Want to see them in action? Tickets for the annual Essex Dance Club Showcase on the 12th March are now on sale here



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