The University of Portsmouth BUCS Round Up: October 16 2019
After last week’s ‘better than average, not to be sniffed at’ collective Win Percentage of 55% The University of Portsmouth BUCS season took the statistical equivalent of a leap from Scafell Pike to Ben Nevis, as we broke through the fabled 60% barrier to record an extremely potent 61% Win Ratio across all BUCS matches from Sunday through to Wednesday.
‘A Journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step’ – Chinese Proverb
And so it was told, as many steps echoed out across the city, did the sporting hoards take to the streets. Together, they boarded coaches and trains to long forgotten venues, recanting tales of epic victories and bruising defeats to teammates new and old. Within the confines of the city, the masses boarded buses, taxis and cars to arrive at destinations that people of ancient learning refer to as – The Lang Stone, The Spin of Aker and St. Paul’s Cathedral… and it was upon this day that with intent and purpose they did set about the art of winning… and as Carly Simon once declared on a little know B-side release
– ‘Nobody Does it Better – than Netball.’
With 3 wins from 5 on opening week, Netball held in excess of 35 team meetings, trained rather than rocked around the clock and from Tuesday afternoon fell into a zen-like trance of competitive invincibility to go on to record such a perfect day of results, that Lou Reed even messaged us this morning looking to sue for breach of copyright!
Step #1 – Following last week’s impressive Home win against Surrey, the 1sts manged to best Brunel in their own backyard, 30-20. Eloise Smith  Captain’s Player of the Match, Cerys Wilson  and Hanne Hall  got the goals in a low scoring encounter in the capital. Louise Buller topped the Rebound stats with 8, with Player’s Player of the Match, Shamica Powell  Hanne Hall  Eloise Smith  & Cerys Wilson  in support. Powell and Buller were top of the Tips with 6 apiece, supported by Chloe Roberts  Dom Buggs  Olivia Bartholomew  and Cerys Wilson . Powell recorded the most Clean Intercepts with 5, Roberts and Buller got 3 apiece, Phoebe Hoskins got 2 and Buggs, 1. Together, they managed to frustrate their opponents, to secure the win and put Pompey on the coattails of St. Mary’s in SE2A.
So, in the words of an onlooker watching a farmer trail after his constipated prize heffer – follow that, if you dare!
Women’s 1sts travelled to Eastbourne in the ICG Women’s South East Tier 1, for an early evening push back to take on Brighton. They continued where they left off last week to notch their second successive win with an impressive 8-2 victory to keep them top of the early season table.
Men’s 1sts continued their winning start to the season with a dominant away performance at UCL, returning to the bright lights of Southsea with a 5-1 win firmly planted in the proverbial Hockey bag, to leave them top of SE2B with a perfect record.
Women’s 2nds got off to a winning start with an entertaining 4-3 win over New Bucks, ending the day as one of 3 teams locked on 3 points at the top of SE4A. Isabelle Smith, Amber Braysher, Sophie Buchanan and Player of the Match, Lauren Beedle got the goals with assists from Rehannah Houghton-Judge, Kathleen Foster and Jenna Mitchell. It’s the cup next for the 2’s as they travel to Brighton next week.
Men’s Basketball were in dominant form yesterday and after an epic encounter at Kingston last week, Pompey made a bold statement in the SE3A title race, recording a 45 point win against Imperial 2nds, 82-37.
At Kingston, Men’s 3rds got their first win of the season in a low scoring encounter – 12-5. Sam Coore and Tom Shaw crossed the whitewash for Pompey with Adam Tucker converting one of the tries. Dan Thompson was named Man of the Match, as the 3rds take a new found confidence back to Langstone in a fortnight when they play host to Chichester.
Men’s 1sts were impressive at Home against UCL, as they claimed their first win of the season with a maximum point 5-0 whitewash over the visitors. Will Permain [3-0] Edward English [3-1] Man of the Match, Sherlock Ko [3-1] Josh Taylor [3-0] and Elliot Dowling [3-0] produced the goods for the hosts. Pompey sit second now in Tier 1 with 26 points – 12 adrift of King’s College who sit top of the early standings.
Men’s 1sts took on Chichester, fresh from success at Brighton on opening day and did not disappoint as they secured a convincing 7-1 win at a Red Bull laced Spinnaker Sports Centre to keep them at the top of SE2A, level on points with Holloway.
Jonathan Mak and Chai Chee Hou produced the goods in the Singles competition to take 4 wins from 4 and in the Doubles, Thomas Wood & Jonathan Avery went 2 from 2 to remain unbeaten this season, whilst Titouan Ruffle & Daniel Kelly claimed a single win from their 2 matches. Next up for the 1sts is a trip to leafy Surrey in two weeks time, where they will be looking to lay down a marker and go 3 from 3.
Men’s 2nds welcomed neighbours Chichester to Langstone and saw off the visitors in yet another close encounter in the derby, Pompey eventually coming out on top 2-1 to join Chi, Kingston and St. Mary’s, who they travel to in a fortnight, at the top of the table. Man of the Match Tom Bond, with a shot as deadly as a Walther PPK and Olly Eales got the goals in this one, with Eales also providing the assist for Bond to cap a good afternoon’s work for the 2’s.
COMPLETELY UNRELATED FACT OF THE DAY:
Did you know that Vending Machines kill four times as many people as sharks per year? I can well believe this having been trapped under a Ginster’s Pasty machine for 7 hours at Falmouth Station whilst on Cricket Tour #mindblown
We’ll be back next Thursday and don’t forget to pop by on Monday to check out our Weekend Wash Up featuring all the action from Men’s Football’s all Pompey clash on Friday night and Futsal’s double-header on Sunday.
I’ve been me and you’ve busted through 60% and should be rightly and royally chuffed –