The first month of term seems to have flown by, but not without some outstanding displays of sport.
The first Team of the Week chosen by Sport Swansea was Women’s Rugby 1sts, who started off their season the right way by beating Bristol 26-12 away. This was a feat made even more remarkable with this being their first season in the BUCS Premiership League, after winning promotion last season.
Other notable results that week included Badminton Men’s 1sts beating Cardiff 7-1, and Lacrosse Women’s 1sts beating Aberystwyth 19-6, with the Men facing the same club winning 19-1. The squash Men’s and Women’s teams both beat Cardiff and Bath at home respectively, and both Water Polo 1st teams took the win.
The following week the competition for Sport Swansea’s Team of the Week was so strong that not just one could be decided on. After stunning weeks for both teams, Surfing and Volleyball took the joint crown.
Surfing enjoyed plenty of BUCS success as Emily Williams won the gold medal in the Women’s Individual, battling tough conditions to take the crown. Nathaniel James then took the bronze in the Men’s Individual to add to Swansea’s medal count. This then helped the men to take the team championship, scoring another gold medal for Swansea and certainly starting off our BUCS year on a high.
Volleyball took Club of the Week after incredible performances from all three of their teams, taking home wins across the board. The Women’s 1sts beat Bournemouth 2nds 3-1, whilst the Women’s 2nds pulled off a remarkable 3-0 win against UWE 2nds, after being a newly entered team this year. The Men’s 1sts added to the victories with a 3-2 win against Plymouth 1sts.
After a tough start to the season for the Netball 1sts, their hard work and perseverance finally paid off this week as they beat Southampton 1sts 46-29 in a thrilling match, that at times looked too close to call. But Swansea’s strength and endurance shined through as they took their first win of the year, which surely will be the first of many.
Many other teams performed admirably this week, with notable performances coming from the Mixed Golf Team beating Exeter 3.5-2.5, Men’s 1sts Water Polo beating Bath 26-2, and Men’s 1sts Lacrosse keeping a clean sheet to thrash Exeter 10-0.
The year has started off superbly for Swansea, with incredible sporting performances being seen across the board and, as we look forward to the rest of the year, it’s certainly shaping up to be a year to remember.
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by Julia Cook