Netball 1st hosted UCL this week, finishing the first quarter with a strong lead and through a solid team performance were able to maintain the lead throughout the match, finishing as 52-24 winners. Netball 2nd played St. Mary’s in a very tight match. The Blades pulled together and did not back down until the end, beating St Mary’s 27-24. The Netball Club have also been busy helping to train the Tamil Society as they are competing in the very first Eastern Clash.
Football Men's 1st went into Wednesday’s home fixture vs Hertfordshire 1st knowing a win would be enough to secure the league title. This would be no easy task, with Hertfordshire the only team to beat Essex in the league this season. After a nervy first half for both sides, Essex came flying out of the blocks in the second, with the pace and width of Patrick Spiteri and Pablo Chaves pressing the Hertfordshire back line back.
The breakthrough came when Essex 'keeper Ben Whiteman, pumped the ball upfield, which was missed by the Hertfordshire defence, falling kindly to Ty Bond who brought it down and slotted it calmly through the keepers leg in the 70th minute. Hertfordshire knew they needed something out of the game to keep their league title hopes alive, and were quick to retaliate with a deep cross headed in at the back post for the equaliser.
As both teams searched for a winner, Essex pressed forward. Neat work in the middle from central midfielders Charlie Lunniss and Malik Thomas cut open the Herts back line to free up the long serving Rigers Kabashi, who finished calmly after skinning the last man of the defence. Pandemonium ensued with a considerable crowd entering the pitch to celebrate. Tight defensive work by skipper Ben Diment and Max Matchett saw out the remaining few minutes to ensure the title was won. An impressive league campaign, seeing the boys now move up to Tier 1 for the new season, sets high hopes ahead of Derby Day where they will be more than up for doing the double.
Men's Football 1st after a late goal secured a 2-1 win over Hertfordshire 1st, and the league title.
Members of our Athletics Club travelled to Sheffield to attend the BUCS Indoor Championship, with Essex entering the sprinting events as well as some field events. Sprinting events consisted of several heats, a semi-final and a final. Rebecca Jeggo finished 4th in the 200m final with a new personal best of 24.34 seconds, securing the first set of BUCS points for the Athletics Club. She also broke the University record and is now listed in the top 10 in the UK. This was Rebecca's first BUCS competition and we are looking forward to seeing her compete at the BUCS Outdoors Championships.
Rebecca Jeggo in action at the recent BUCS Indoor Championships, finishing 4th in the 200m final.
SUMMARY OF BUCS RESULTS – WEEK 16 - 2019/20
Winning Percentage: 45.1%
In 2018/19, Essex recorded a winning percentage of 51.2% from 41 fixtures during Week 16.
AWAY FROM BUCS...
Our Cheerleading Club attended the Future Cheer University Nationals in Manchester with their four competitive teams: Blaze (Level 1 stunt), Inferno (Level 2 stunt), Pom and Lyrical (Dance). The teams have been training since October and this was their first opportunity to show off all their hard work.
All teams put in amazing performances on the mat and gave it their absolute best. The competition was very tough but the Flames proved that they were a force to be reckoned with. Inferno achieved 3rd place and Blaze managed to come 6th out of 11 teams. Both routines were choreographed by head coach Alison Faid and assistant coach Megan Coates. The Pom team (coached by Emma Sainty) gave an energetic, very sharp and clean performance. Pom was up against 20 other teams, the biggest category at the competition. However, the Flames were able to set themselves apart and achieve an incredible 2nd place. Finally, the Lyrical team (coached by Sarah Lloyd) showed off their emotional routine with great skill and technique, winning over the judges and achieving a well-deserved 1st place.
Essex Flames Pom and Lyrical teams after their 2nd and 1st place finishes at Future Cheer University Nationals.