Poor weather doesn't dampen Blades spirits

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It's another double blog this week, and as the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, hopefully the latest BUCS stats will give you a warm feeling inside:

  • University of Essex BUCS Points total (as of 18th November): 851 points
  • Number of Essex teams top of their league: 9
  • Number of Essex teams in the Quarter-Final of their cup: 11

And of course, there's also another episode of Blades TV - featuring highlights of recent Blades action and an interview with Essex SU VP Student Experience, Michael Banahene.



Lacrosse Women's 1st welcomed Imperial to Wivenhoe Park and secured their first win of the season, beating the vistors 9-5. The game was quite brutal and evenly matched, with many a fight over a ground ball and strong defences on both sides. Essex were able to keep scoring and stay up throughout, drawing control and keeping possession well whilst running the pitch down to our attacking 3rd. Man of the match deservingly went to attacker Natasha Smith for scoring a hat-trick.

Lacrosse Women's 1st celebrate after their 9-5 win over Imperial.


Rugby Men's 2nd had a huge game at top of the table as Goldsmiths made the journey to Essex. Essex scored the first points with a penalty kick in front of the posts, but Goldsmiths replied shortly after scoring the first try of the game to make the score 5-3 in the first 10 minutes. The game was very competitive as the physicality was met on both sides with big hits coming left, right and centre from Rodell Reid, Adam Roper and Henri Maes. As Essex started to take control of the game Omar Opoku-Addo and Pierre Thevenet scored tries to take the lead for Essex, along with another penalty kick the score was now 18-5. For the last 5 minutes of the game Essex were on the receiving end of relentless attack, phase after phase, from Goldsmiths yet held out to finish 18-5 up at half-time. The second half started off with back and forth attacks from both sides, with Pierre dancing his way through to score Essex’s 4th try to gain a very valuable bonus point. Goldsmiths responded with a try of their own not long after to make the score 25-10 making it very tense for the last 20 minutes. The Essex subs then made an instant impact for the team as Lawrie Mullane, Joshua Lewis and Nick Foan all came off the bench to score a try and claim the victory for Essex, making it 3 victories in a row for the Blades with a convincing score line of 42-15. Stand out performances from Callum Doughty (Man of the match), Adam Roper, Pierre Thevenet, Josh Barton, Henri Maes and Luca Alberici, Mohamed Serry but another very strong team performance and Essex 2’s now sitting top of the league.



Fixtures: 41
Won: 22
Drew: 2
Lost: 17
Winning Percentage: 54%

In 2018/19, Essex recorded a winning percentage of 53% from 43 fixtures during Week 6.



Lacrosse Men's 1st made the trip to Kings College in the 1st round of the BUCS Trophy, a team Essex had drawn with at home just recently. The extra knowledge of the Kings' strengths/weaknesses proved of great use as the Blades ran out 14-5 winners. Captain Alex Mickhael started the first quarter off strong with a quick fire hat-trick. Essex were looking strong all over the pitch, even being able to accomodate a change of 'keeper as Kamil Worach spent his first game outfield switching positions with former goalie Chris Kho. Congratulations to the whole Men’s team including multiple freshers who were runners up in Man of the Match to Reinis Ruks, who scored 4 goals! Sure to say a memorable debut game in the national trophy.

Cricket Men's 1st were back in action over the weekend for part 2 of their BUCS Indoor Cricket regional competition. Knowing 2 wins out of 3 games would almost guarantee their place in the next round, Essex started the round off with a game against Kings College 1st. The Blades posted a competitive score off 139 of their 10 overs, with skipper Paran Kalley retiring and other batsmen scoring runs meant that Essex were confident with their score. The Blades started off the defence of the score well with Bayley Hall getting a wicket in the 2nd over. However, some good batting and poor bowling meant Kings needed 15 off the last over, managing to scrape over the line and condemn Essex to a defeat. The Blades bounced back well, winning their 2nd game convincingly against Westminster with 4 balls to spare. With Essex being awarded a walkover in their other fixture, it means the Blades finish joint 2nd in the group and wait to hear on other results to see if qualification for the next round has been achieved.

Our Equestrian Club hosted their regional BUCS Competition this week, competing in a dressage and jumping, finishing 3rd overall. Thais Giguet was also awarded 6th place in the individual riders category.


Essex Equestrian team after hosting their regional BUCS competition this week.



Fixtures: 31
Won: 15
Drew: 0
Lost: 16
Winning Percentage: 48%

In 2018/19, Essex recorded a winning percentage of 43% from 28 fixtures during Week 7.


Away from BUCS...

On Sunday, 20 students from our Athletics Club went to their regional competition, the LUCA Indoor Championships. Essex set out to improve our finishing position overall from last year, successfully doing so. Medals were won in the 60m finals with Gold going to Dylan Owusu-Ansah and Silver going to Track & Field Captain Faith Tokode; both finishing with the same time of 7.22 seconds. In the 60m Hurdles finals Dylan won Silver as well as another Silver in the Triple Jump. Kirsty Ronald won Gold in the Triple Jump and a special shout out to Tobe Obi for winning Silver in the High Jump.

Overall, our Athletics club finished a very respectable 4th/16 universities, despite being outnumbered 2:1 by King's College (3rd place) who had 40 athletes. The club would like to thank our committee for the hard work that has been put into training over past couple of months. A special thank you to our President Jonathan Devaux for organising the event and liaising with LUCA for our club.

Our Archery Club took part in a competition against Surrey and hosts, Kent over the weekend, with 5 of the Essex team finishing on the podium in their respective categories. Lauren (579) and Sophie (500) placed 1st and 2nd respectively in the Women’s Experienced Recurve. H (385) and Ash (381) taking 1st and 2nd respectively in the Men’s Novice Recurve, and club President Leonard finishing 3rd in the Men's Experienced Recurve. Well done all!




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