It was a good week for racquets. Men's badminton 1sts picked up another win against Surrey 2nds.
Jack Bird, playing at No.1, got WSIHE quickly on the board with the first singles win. Speaking court-side after overcoming Surrey No.2 Jason Raymond, Bird said, “We had a tough year last year but this year's positive for us. We've got three really good freshers and we'll win matches for sure. Promotion might be out of our sights but we're definitely targeting a top three finish. We've got Imperial in the cup next week who beat us a few weeks ago but hopefully we'll pull out a result.”
Bird and his teammates James Lovell, Ben Skinner, Lewis Sandy, Leo Cheng and Lewis Grossert went on to defeat Surrey 6-2 and are now in second place in South Eastern 2A behind Imperial.
Women's badminton 1sts drew 6-6 away at Hertfordshire 1sts.
The incredible unbeaten run continues for men's table tennis thanks to a 13-4 victory over Sussex ones. Men's tennis who had won their first three matches going into the home fixture with Sussex twos ended up sharing the points in a 6-6 draw.
Elsewhere, women's rugby recorded a third straight win to further confirm their Tier 1 title credentials. After the match at home to Kings College London Amy Wrigglesworth said, “We really came together as a team today with a big 55-0 win. We stepped it up from last week to be fair. They gave up the match. We got 55 points in sixty minutes so with the twenty minutes to go I think we would have definitely got a few more tries. We've got a big game away next week against Canterbury and I think this has obviously put us in good stead and we've finally ironed out our mistakes.”
Men's and women's hockey 1sts were involved in dramatic matches at home to Brighton. The men edged a close one 7-6 and the women had to settle for a 4-4 draw after the visitors staged a late comeback.
Captain Alicia Remfry said after the match, “It was quite a physical game and we played really well as a team at times. We put in 110% which is what we wanted going into that game. We were a little bit worried because we were on the same points as them. So that hasn't changed. It's a shame we let slip a 4-2 lead but I don't think that was helped by giving away all those short corners. We felt a little hard done by to be honest but we'll go again.
“Our main goal of course is to get promoted. We've had two years in a row where we've come second in the league so this year we're really going all out for promotion. Last year we missed out in our last game of the season. I think the pressure got to us and we crumbled a little bit but this year we've got a really solid team.”
Men's ultimate (outdoor) also finished second last year. Before their home opener captain Joe Clarke said, “Last season was a fantastic season. We narrowly missed out on getting promoted. This game against Sussex is a mirror game of the one that started the season last year. Last year we beat them here 13-7. How well we do today could dictate how we do this season. We've had limited time to get ready but I'm hoping we've put everything into the training sessions that we needed to. I guess we'll find out today.”
This time Clarke's team ran out comfortable 14-3 winners over Sussex.
2016-17 was a memorable season for women's ultimate who were crowned national indoor champions. Speaking about this achievement ultimate president Sofia Hill said, “The women's team was obviously really successful for us, undefeated all the way through regionals and undefeated at nationals. So that was massive. I think we'd all worked really hard for it. We took down some big unis - Loughborough, Bath, St. Andrews, Imperial, Nottingham, five time national champions Birmingham amongst others and King's College in the final.
“People are more switched on now to the fact that we're a good ultimate team and it's going to be a bit of a challenge this year. We've lost some of our key women. We've got lots of freshers in so it's going to be more of a developmental season, more just building up a team, helping the freshers get to grips with the sport.”
In football, men's 1sts bounced back after a couple of tough results with an impressive win away at Bath with all four goals coming in the first half. The home side started the brighter taking the lead in only the second minute. But David Borges equalised on the half hour and then Lorenzo Dolcetti put WSIHE ahead with the goal of the game five minutes before the break – a mazy run that saw the Italian beat four players before finding the bottom corner from 20 yards. Jamie Chand made it 3-1 just before the break.
A run of three Premier South games unbeaten came to an end for women's 1sts in Bath after a 3-1 defeat. Women's twos drew 1-1 away at Roehampton ones.
The men's threes beat Essex twos in a fiercely competitive match that was marred by ugly scenes. Matt Roberts rattled the woodwork before Grant Radmore put the home side one up. Then Rory Wood got what would prove to be the winner on the stroke of half time.
The sixes beat Portsmouth fives 4-2 but had keeper Ryan Howarth to thank for a penalty save when the momentum was swinging in the visitors' favour.
Mixed golf are top of their league after a third straight victory as are netball threes and fives who are also unbeaten.
Next week sees a number of teams in cup action.
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