It was cup week for several WSIHE teams.
Men’s hockey ones booked their place in the last four of the Conference Cup with an impressive 4-2 win at home to Reading.
The hosts looked to be going into the break 2-0 up but Reading scored just before the interval. WSIHE doubled their lead in the second half with the visitors pulling one back in controversial circumstances.
Captain Charlie Gibbons, who got two goals, said after the game, “It was incredible. Everyone played really well. I couldn’t have asked for much more. We played our hearts out. There were a couple of unlucky decisions but we won the game and we can’t really complain. We’re in the semi-final. The goals were pretty special. It’s amazing. We’re playing either Brighton or Surrey in the semis. We lost to Brighton last week but we only had a twelve man squad. We’ll have a fourteen man squad for the next cup game and we’ll do better.”
Gibbons’ side will face Brighton in two weeks’ time at home after they knocked Surrey out 3-2.
Men’s volleyball twos were also in quarter final cup action. They took the first set against Brunel ones in the Tudor Hale Sports Centre 25-21. The second set was a similarly close one. A great WSIHE block at the net helped the home side edge 17-15 ahead. A Brunel serve that went long gave the hosts a 22-19 lead before the visitors won the next three points to set up a tense finish. WSIHE finally closed it out 25-22.
It was a lead they couldn’t capitalize on however and Brunel won the third set 25-16 as the momentum changed. The fourth set was close up until 14-14 but the visitors stepped up a gear and clinched it 25-17 before sealing the match in the short fifth 15-8.
The netball first team faced a strong Exeter side in the last sixteen of the Trophy.
Speaking before the match Krystyna Sawicki said, “We’ve had good training sessions this week. I feel like we are ready. We just need to play our game. They’ve won every match so far in their league. It’ll be tough. We’ll have to play our best game to try and beat them. We’ve done ok this season. We lost eight players last year. I think we’ve done a good job in a tough league. We’ve only got a few more league games. Hopefully we’ll get the wins to help us stay up.”
The visitors proved a stern test for WSIHE winning 80-23 and will travel to Gloucestershire in the quarter finals.
Netball threes, who are in a battle with Reading twos for top spot in South Eastern 4A, beat Portsmouth threes 44-39.
Table tennis played host to Bristol in the last eight of the Trophy. Beforehand captain Dan Pound said, “It’s a huge game. I’d say in the three years I’ve been here now this is the toughest team we’ve had to play. In the Trophy it’s all the first teams from the first divisions around the country. Bristol are top of their division just as we are. But we’ve seen a lot of their players at BUCS nationals and we know they’re going to be a strong team. We’ll see what sort of team they field.
“We’ve done well in the league. We’re two wins ahead with a few matches to go and we haven’t lost a game yet. So I’m confident there but we might have to play Bristol again in a play-off for the Premier League so we’ll have to see how we go today to see what our promotion chances are like. But we’ve done well so far. Today is a bit of a milestone for us.”
Pound and his teammates Richard Pelc, Tom Beales and Nathan Hack put up a fight but Bristol took the tie 13-4.
Elsewhere, men’s badminton twos won for the second week running in the league and women’s lacrosse lost to Brighton in a close cup match.
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