Amongst other things, the chaos of Storm's Ciara and Dennis meant cancelled training sessions, transport disruptions and several postponed fixtures. Despite this, our teams took part in 21 BUCS fixtures this week, giving it their all in challenging conditions.
WEEK 15 HIGHLIGHTS:
American Football played Kent Falcons on a very stormy and rainy Sunday at Wivenhoe Park. The Blades handled the bad weather much better than their opponents, pinning the Falcons back in their own half throughout the first quarter. Essex kept control of the game and were leading 3-0 by half time. Although they had controlled the game so far the Blades knew they had to increase the scores to make the match safe. Essex continued to dominate the game increasing the score to 9-0 and by the 4th quarter Kent seemed to have lost their spirit. The game ended with a very wet, cold but happy Blades team winning 17-0, which guarantees Essex a place in the 1st Division next year.
Fencing Women’s 1st travelled to Sussex for their last away match this season. Despite a delayed start, Essex showed a strong performance and confidently won all three weapons with the final score of 135:96, their 7th league win from 8 fixtures this season in Tier 1.
Lacrosse Women's 1st had a tough break after an 11 hour round trip to play St. Marys in the South Eastern Cup Quarter Final. This was the Blades' 3rd match against St. Mary's this season with one win and one loss under the belt. St Marys, the more experienced team, managed the win 12-4. However the Blades’ defence performed greatly throughout. The Essex team were all extremely sore and bruised from what ended up being a very physical match, but highlights included the Essex attack winning the 3rd quarter and goals from Olivia Matthews (2), Natasha Smith (1) & Jade Sidhu (1).
This was furthest the Women’s team have reached in the South East Conference Cup since 2015, a great achievement. A big thank you to former Captain (now Alumni) Ida Nilsen coming to support the team and step in as coach. Spirits were high on the way back celebrating Vice-Captain Olivia Castle's last BUCS match.
Lacrosse Women's 1st still in good spirits after a defeat by St Mary's 1st brought the end to their excellent cup run.
Several members of our Fencing Club took part in the recent London & South East BUCS Individual series. The competition was divided into 3 levels: Beginner, Novice and Open for all three weapons. Essex was represented by 11 fencers, and brought home 4 gold medals! Babita Bura won the Women’s Sabre beginners, Vlada Kutukova won the Women’s Epee open, Vincent Yung won Men’s Foil open and Esteban Arellano won the Men’s Foil novices category. In addition Essex’s Will (Men’s Epee, beginners) and Vilius (Men’s Epee, open) both achieved 2nd place finishes.
Babita Bura, Vlada Kutukova, Vincent Yung and Esteban Arellano show off their gold medals from the BUCS regional individual Fencing competition.
SUMMARY OF BUCS RESULTS – WEEK 15 - 2019/20
Winning Percentage: 42.9%
In 2018/19, Essex recorded a winning percentage of 59.3% from 27 fixtures during Week 15.