‘There are those who say fate is something beyond our command, that destiny is not our own. But I know better. Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it – Merida from Brave’


With Pompey plateauing in a more than reasonable 50 percent haze in recent weeks, our teams mustered all their strength and energy and no little skill to propel us to a 67% Win Ratio this week.  The highest since the end of January. In some huge league games, Pompey battled opponents and the elements to make the most of their home advantage to record a very impressive 75% Win Ratio in all Home fixtures this week. Away from home, in a limited programme, Pompey maintained their 50% Win Ratio, for the fourth week running. All this means our impressive 61% Overall Win Ratio remains intact and there’s every chance we can build on this with some strong showings in next week’s Cup Finals on the 11th of March.

Before we look at yesterday’s action, here’s a quick update from Men’s Futsal 1sts from the weekend and their crucial away trip to Hertfordshire –


Men’s 1sts recorded their 8th league win of the campaign away at 3rd in the table, Hertfordshire 1sts to continue their quest for the SE2A league title. In a high scoring encounter the 1’s came out winners 17-12, with Argemiro Sassa and Lopen Louis grabbing 4 goals apiece, Marwan Kisserwan, Cormac McAinsh & Dan Allen each scored a brace with Phil Matthews, James Douglas and Captain, Patryk Cekus also on the scoresheet for Pompey. In terms of Assists, Sassa also contributed an impressive 4 with Kisserwan [3] Louis, Allen & Matthews [2] and Cekus, McAinsh, Alex Mills and Oscar Hall all providing one apiece. It was another outstanding display by Argemiro Sassa who recorded his 21st goal of the season to go alongside an impressive 18 assists for the campaign. It was no surprise that he was named Man of the Match, but Sam Hatherly earned a big shout out between the sticks, for his amazing first half performance, keeping the opposition at bay for the first 15 minutes of the match. Phil Matthews also deserved recognition for his organisational skills at the back, and leading from the front as Pompey continue to set the pace at the top, heading into their massive away fixture at Surrey 1sts which will ultimately determine the destination of the title!


Men’s 1sts were once again in stunning form and take the headlines as they completed the perfect season with a 6-2 victory at Surrey 1sts. With a Conference Cup Final waiting for them in Greenwich next week, they completed their league campaign yesterday making it a perfect 10 wins from 10! A rare feat indeed, and one the team should be incredibly proud of.  Jonny Avery continued his incredible season making it 24 wins from 24 with 2 wins in the Singles and there were victories in the Doubles for Pompey with Gavin Wan & Navinsamy Harikrishnan claiming 2 wins, whilst Tom Wood claimed his 24th and 25th wins of the season in partnership with Man of the Match, the enigmatic, genius of geniuses, the man of the moment, the legend of our time, the wandering minstrel of excellence, Jia Ming See! Another comfortable victory for the 1’s that sees them crowned winners of SE2A by a huge margin and they can now look forward to next season when they will mix it with the best that Tier 1 has to offer. Huge congratulations to the club, with full focus on next week’s Conference Cup Final as the 1’s look to complete the Double.

Women’s 1sts played host to St. George’s 1sts in a crucial top of the table clash in SE2A, and it was Pompey who passed the test with flying colours, winning 7-1, as they take over from their opponents at the top on 18 points, 2 clear of their opponents. There were 4 wins from 4 in the Singles with Cynthia Sathiyarajan and Hau Yi Lau winning both their matches and Pompey won 3 out of 4 in the Doubles, with 2 wins for Wei Shan Low & Player of the Match, Jing Jia Choo and a win for Halimah Tasnim & Nur Azrin Azizan. So with one game to go for Pompey they must sit and wait to see how their rivals get on before their final match. St. George’s have a Home match against Essex 1sts next Wednesday, whilst St. Mary’s 1sts and Sussex 1sts may still have a say in the destination of the title and they face each other on March 18th, but ultimately it’s in Pompey’s hands now and a win at Sussex 1sts on the 25th of March will confirm the title and with it promotion to Tier 1.


After 7 seasons of blood, sweat and tears, Men’s 1’s finally claimed the title and promotion from Tier 3 into Tier 2, with a comprehensive 102-49 win at Spinnaker against New Bucks 1sts. Temi Olorunsola top scored with 17 points from Finleigh Porter on 16, Lukas Tamosauskas, 14, Aaron Berida, 12, Andres Aguado Basso, 10, Alex Grant & Jordyn Jacobs on 8, Thomas Austin, 7, Judah Johnson, 6 and Taiwo Ilo on 4. Their 9th win of the campaign saw them pass the 100 points barrier for the 4th time this season, and takes them to an unassailable 27 points. It’s been neck and neck with Kingston, who if they win their final two matches of the campaign can equal Pompey’s points haul, but with Pompey having the better head to head record by just one point, then it is our heroes in Purple and White who get to mix it in Tier 2 next season! Congratulations to the 1sts on this success and to everyone associated with the club, it’s been a long time coming but very, very well deserved!


The 1’s finished their season with a narrow 2 point victory over Sussex, winning this one 40-38, at St. Paul’s to finish the season in 3rd place behind Surrey 2nds and runaway winners St. Mary’s 1sts. It’s been a mixed season for the 1’s with 5 wins from their 10 league outings, but credit to them that in difficult circumstances with availability that they ended their season on a high with this nail-biting final day win!

Despite the 2’s narrow defeat at Reading in their final match, they can celebrate the SE3A title and with it promotion to Tier 2 as they completed their campaign with 9 wins from their 10 matches. I know they’ll be incredibly disappointed to not make it 10 from 10, but Kris Buckingham and her team should be incredibly proud of their achievements in what has been a stunning season for the team.

There was a resounding victory to celebrate for the 3’s as they beat Sussex 2nds 58-44 at St. Paul’s yesterday to secure their 3rd win of the campaign to finish the season 5th in SE4A.

In a low scoring encounter in Tier 5, the 4ths secured a narrow 29-26 win at St. Paul’s against top of the table Surrey 3rds. Emily Spriggs, 15, Freya Marlow, 10 and Hannah Nash, 4, got the goals, with Lucy Moyse top of the Tips with 7, from Emily Mills on 6, Hannah Nash and Beth Hill on 3 and Spriggs, Marlow, Chloe Sheppard and Ebony McIntyre on 2. Rebounds were headed by Moyse & Mills on 5, from Spriggs on 3 and Marlow 2. Intercepts were topped by Moyse, Mills and McIntyre on 4 with Nash on 2.  Despite this win, it wasn’t enough for the 4ths to overthrow their rivals who have the better head to head record and a game in hand to leave Pompey in a respectable Runners-Up berth. Ultimately, the narrow defeat to Chichester last week ended their title aspirations, but the 4’s will take some comfort in inflicting the first defeat of the season on visiting Surrey, who in the end were worthy winners.

The title chasing 5ths continued their winning ways with a vital 45-32 win at neighbours Chichester yesterday to make it a perfect 9 wins from 9 in the league. Player of the Match, El Hayes scored 30 at a success rate of 83%, with Daisy Bennett notching 15. The Tips and Intercepts stats are below –

Anja Owona Okou – 6 interceptions, 10 tips & Captain’s Player of the Match
Daisy McVicar – 4 interceptions, 7 tips
Maria Wathen – 6 interceptions, 7 tips
Lizzie Oakley – 3 interceptions, 3 tips
Ellie Walton – 2 interceptions, 2 tips
Anya Butler – 5 interceptions, 3 tips
Daisy Bennett – 2 interceptions, 2 tips
El Hayes – 4 interceptions, 6 tips

This win leaves them 6 points clear of Reading 3rds who have 2 games to play with the two teams due to meet on the 18th March. With Pompey winning the first encounter between the sides by 5 points they hold the advantage, but will need to continue to be at their best to secure the win to clinch the title in a fortnight’s time along with promotion and that elusive perfect 10.  This one promises to be an epic encounter and we will bring you all the news from this clash in the Round Up on the 19th.


It was business as usual for Women’s 2’s who completed their season with a 2-0 victory over 2nd placed, King’s College 4ths. Goals from Isabelle Smith, her 11th of the season, and Casey Waisman, with assists from Lucy Lee and Player of the Match, Jenna Mitchell saw Pompey claim yet another win at fortress Langstone. Always in control, this win sees the 2’s complete an impressive ninth win of the campaign and will ensure at least a 7 point gap from the rest of the pack come the final table. They will now head up to Tier 3 after a magnificent season and a very well-deserved promotion. Congrats to Captain, Lucy Lee and her team on a superb season.

Men’s 2nds made it a perfect day for Hockey at Home, as they produced a superb display beating 2nd placed Reading 3rds – 7-3 at Langstone, as they stretched the gap between them and UCL 3rds at the bottom to 7 points. They welcome Surrey 2nds in their final match on the 18th March at Langstone, with their Tier 3 status secure for another season. Great day at the office for the 2’s.


Men’s 1sts completed their season with an excellent 2-0 Home win over Brunel 1sts at Langstone, but unfortunately Sussex’s 5-2 win over Surrey meant they had to settle for the Runners-Up berth in SE2A yet again, this time missing out on Goal Difference to their South Coast rivals. The 1’s will be back in action next week though as they look to put their league heartache behind them as they aim to retain the Conference Cup in a Home Final at Langstone against UCFB Wembley 2nds.

Men’s 2nds, heavily depleted due to absence and injury, were forced to call upon a lot of replacements and did well to engineer a point against Kingston 1sts at Langstone in a 1-1 draw. This sees them finish their campaign on 17 points and guarantees the 2’s a top 3 finish. They will finish Runners-Up if Brighton 2’s fail to win their remaining fixture of the season against Kingston.

Men’s 3rds hit form as they claimed their third win of the campaign in the late game on the 3G against 2nd in the table Brighton 3rds. Goals from Belal Ouchen and Timmy Tiposa saw them secure a valuable 3-1 victory which takes them into third with 2 fixtures remaining. With away trips to St. Mary’s and Chichester to come, the 3’s can still make the Runners-Up berth in SE4A, and we will bring you news of how Joe Duala and his troops get on in the coming weeks.

Rounding things off for Men’s Football this week are the 5’s who secured a superb 2-1 victory at Langstone against title rivals Kingston 2nds with Luke Hayden and Ewan Jones grabbing the goals. This crucial 3 points now sees the 5’s take over from their rivals at the top by one point, with Kingston having to take on 3rd in the table, Queen Mary 3rds in their final match this Sunday, to determine which way this one will go. It’s a waiting game now for the 5’s, but it’s been an impressive season overall, no matter which way this one swings.


Women’s 1sts ran in 3 Tries on their way to a narrow away win against UCL 1sts, 21-15, as they climb above LSE 1sts into 2nd place behind unbeaten Brunel 1sts in the SE2A table. The 1’s now have two league games left to play against Essex on the 18th and Brunel on the 21st, but first up they play host to Kent 1sts in the Conference Cup Final at Langstone next Wednesday as they go in search of silverware!

Men’s 3rds continued their excellent form with a stunning 75-0 victory over Chichester 2nds to keep them clear in second place behind St. Mary’s 2nds in SE4A. Tries from Sam Borges [2] Russ Hudson [2] Nikas Kravcenko [2] James Deighton, Dylan Pope McGovern, Miles Albert, Will Parsons, Jamie Maberly, Ethan Quinn and Ryan Wright saw Pompey secure another bonus point with Eddie Grogan slotting 5  conversions to complete the scoring. In the league, the 3’s take on Reading on the 18th, with the UCL match scheduled for the following weekend. Next up, the 3’s play host to St. Mary’s 2nds in the Conference Plate Final at Langstone on the 3G, hoping to continue their recent run of excellent form. This one promises to be an absolute belter!


Men’s 2nds made light work of 2nd in the table Brighton 1sts as with their strongest lineup able to take to the court, they took maximum points under the Dome. Captain James Wright was named Man of the Match, with the individual match results for the 2’s below –


Henry Berzins vs Brighton P1 (Orlando Ely)  6-1, 6-1
James Wright vs BP2 (Ollie Wood)  6-3, 6-2
Dmitry Andrianov vs BP3 (Weston Maybank)  6-2, 6-4
Ellis Drayton vs BP4 (Damon Shepperson)  6-1, 6-2


Henry Berzins & Dmitry Andrianov vs BP1 + BP2  4-6, 7-5, 10-4
James Wright & Ellis Drayton vs BP3 + BP4  6-1, 7-5

This win sees the 2’s move up to 10 points in fourth, and next up they face a trip to 5th place, Roehampton 1sts as they look to reel in Brighton, Sussex and King’s College and claw back the 6 point gap to the leaders. With the 2’s still having 3 matches to play, this one could go to the wire, so watch this space!


The 1’s came 2nd in their Home Competition yesterday, seeing them finish the season in 2nd place in their Mini League, which unfortunately won’t be good enough for them to qualify for the Regional’s Team Event. There was better news in the Individual competition with a 3rd place for Maxine Antaki and a 5th for Emily Weeks, which also sees Emily qualify for Individual Regional’s, which is fantastic news for the club.  With their Friendly Team [3rds] finishing 1st in their league with multiple individual placings throughout the season and the 2nds in action in their last competition next Wednesday there’s plenty of positives to celebrate and we will bring you all the news from that final round of competition in next week’s post.

We complete the Round Up with news from Archery and Sailing, and an update as to how they got on in their recent BUCS competitions – first up though here’s Sailing’s Commodore, Hebe Hemming –


It was BUCS Playoffs at the weekend, and the team headed to Chew Valley Sailing Club, in Bristol early Saturday morning. They were greeted by strong winds, of up to 50 mph, but were sent out nonetheless. Starting the day with one win and one loss was not too bad considering the high level of competition, but as the wind continued to increase that ended the racing for Saturday. An early start on Sunday morning in order to get through the rest of the 105 races scheduled, with strong winds again, meant for extremely challenging racing, despite this the team achieved another two wins, making it 3 in total against Glasgow, Oxford and Strathclyde. The team finished the weekend in 12th place, which was very respectable given the extremely high standard from all across the country.


There was great news for Archery at BUCS Indoor Regional Qualifiers as 3 of the Portsmouth team qualified for BUCS Nationals. In the Men’s Experienced Recurve Mark Marley qualified in 68th out of a field of 280 shooting a score of 528 and Asha Orme and Shannon Haimes also qualified in the Women’s Experienced Recurve finishing in 43rd [525] and 46th [524] out of a field of 177. All 3 will now progress to compete in Warwick on Saturday 14th March. We will bring you news of how they get on in a fortnight’s time. 


This week we’re going to hit you with a Quickfire round of 5 amazing sporting facts that you probably didn’t know before today! Yes, that’s right! Not 20 amazing facts – Not 10 astounding titbits! But 5! Yes, 5, incredibly useless pieces of information to guide you through the next 2 minutes of your life.

So, are you ready!? Let’s go!

Did you know –

1/ In the Olympic Games held in 1900 that took place in Paris, the winners of the Rowing Pairs competition was coxed by a boy of only 7 years of age! In fact the coxswains for six of the seven French crews entered are unknown to this day, and believed to have been boys weighing about 25 kg, which were clearly employed to the crews advantage. Incroyable! – Non?

2/Here’s a slippery fact about the Grass at Wimbledon. Did you know that the grass on all courts was maintained at Two Inches in length until 1949 when an English Tennis player was bitten by a snake. Since that day the optimum grass length has been set to 8 mm, so that any Adders all agog or snooping Smooth Snakes may not get their teeth into our beloved heroes and heroines of SW19!

3/ In 1981, Sir. Terry Wogan sunk a 100 foot putt at Gleneagles golf course in a Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament, which to this day is the longest televised putt on record. Amazing, eh? You can actually view the footage on You Tube.

4/ Did you know that Volleyball would not exist as a sport without a Basketball? In fact the two sports are intrinsically linked in the ball department… In 1895, when he first devised the sport, William G. Morgan tried to use a basketball, but abandoned this idea as he found it too heavy. His creative mind, awash with thunderous invention then turned to the inflatable rubber tube inside the Basketball which he fashioned into some species of Volleyball, until of course sense was seen and a custom ball was created for the sport by the legendary A.G. Spalding. I bet that fact has turned you inside out, right?

5/ And finally, we will finish on a little factoid from across the Pond concerning that old American sport of ‘Soccer’ – of course everyone and their dog knows that Soccer is an Americanism for our beloved Football, but did you know that the word Soccer, comes from the abbreviation for ‘association’ or ‘assoc,’ as in Football Association? According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, Soccer started life as ‘Socca,’ before it changed to ‘Socker’ and then transformed into ‘Soccer.’

And so here we are, at the end of our second Consolidation Week and heading into the final weeks of the season and things are looking pretty rosy in the Pompey BUCS garden. We’ll be back very soon with more from all the crucial games in the run-in, including those Finals next week, so until then I bid you all adieu!

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