With just two weeks until the end of term, last week saw the Cup competitions and league matches coming to a close. However, the blogs will still continue, as third term means the return of the Outdoor Cricket season, the Rugby 7s Tournament, other individual events and of course not to forget, Derby Day! (1st May at UEA).
WEEK 18 HIGHLIGHTS:
Women’s Rugby 1st faced Writtle University College 1st away at their grounds on Wednesday. The Blades returned with a near-perfect, commanding win of 60-5. This result leaves Essex top of the table, not having lost a league match yet, with just one more game to go. They host Kent 1st (currently 5th) at 2pm this Wednesday where a win will be enough to secure promotion.
Our Women's Rugby 1st after their convincing 60-5 win away at Writtle. Essex will be crowned champions if they win their final league fixture.
Women’s Fencing 1st travelled to Brunel for the South East Conference Cup Final, where they played King’s College 1st, to battle it out for Gold medal. Having narrowly lost in the cup final last year, Essex had a point to prove and came away with an outstanding 135-115 win. All three weapons were won by Essex, with their whole season being a clean sheet – no losses! The Blades now have the opportunity to seal a perfect season when they welcome Kings College 2nd to Essex next week. Another win will see them crowned league champions and bring home the double!
Essex Women's Fencing 1st with their gold medals after beating Kings College 1st 135-115 in the South Eastern Conference Cup Final on Wednesday.
Our Mixed Golf 2nd were another team chasing a trophy as they had their Cup Final match on Wednesday, against Reading 2nd. A recently revitalised Blades proved too strong and took a narrow win, with a score of 3.5-2.5. Amazing effort from the team, well done!
We also had two other teams make it to the South East Conference Cup Final – Men’s Tennis 1st and Men’s Hockey 1st. Unfortunately both teams could not come away with a Final win, however placing as Runners Up is still a huge achievement! To note, Men’s Hockey faced higher-tier St Mary’s 1st and lost by a single goal, which deserves great credit. It also shows that if we bag promotion in another huge game coming up next Wednesday (v Kings College 3rd) then our Hockey boys will be very competitive in that league.
Sticking with Hockey, our Men’s Hockey 2nd played their final game of the season against East London 1st. In a league-deciding match, Essex performed admirably, controlling the game and completing an undefeated league season with a 4-0 win. Another league title secured. Well done boys!
All smiles for the Men's Hockey 2nd team after their 4-0 win v UEL 1st secured the league title.
Men’s Tennis 2nd made the 200+ mile round trip to play St Mary’s 1st this week and made sure the journey was worthwhile. Essex won every single match and left West London with a 12-0 victory. The win also meant Essex cannot be caught by their rivals and have secured the league title for the 2nd time in 3 years!
At the weekend, members of our Swimming team went away again to compete in the BUCS Pentathlon and Biathlon Championships. It was a difficult event, with a high standard of competitors from across the country and Essex placed as follows - 10th in Pentathlon, 15th in Women’s Biathlon and 12th in the Men’s Biathlon. Well done to all those that took part.
SUMMARY OF BUCS RESULTS – WEEK 18
Winning Percentage: 48%
Currently, the University of Essex is sits in 35th place across the country, with a total of 993.5 BUCS points.
We also had an individual success this weekend! Essex student and previous BUCS gold-medalist Harry Hughes competed in the U23 Euro’s Throwing Cup for Javelin, placing 5th after throwing 75.54 metres. An amazing result and a proud Blades Office.
Our Handball team had a successful Saturday, as they travelled away to play Harmonious Bedford in a friendly match. It turned out to be a very close game (still friendly we hope!) as Essex came away with a 31-29 win to make it 2 wins out of 2 this year.
Our Handball team pose after their 31-29 friendly win over Harmonious Bedford this Saturday.
Another good BUCS week; although the winning percentage was a little lower than previous, it was side-lined by our fabulous Cup and individual performances! For most teams, the season is over and settled until next academic year, but we still do have some rather important matches to go ahead in the next couple of weeks.
Women’s Basketball 1st will be facing Durham 1st in the Semi-Finals of the Championship, hosted in the Sports Arena with a 5.30pm tip. Men’s Volleyball 1st will be going head-to-head with Northumbria in their Semi-Finals of the Championship Cup with a 7pm start, whilst Women’s Volleyball 1st will be away to Durham 1st. If you have time to spare on this Wednesday evening, go show our Blades your support!