UoB qualify to defend their title as BUCS National Champions

UoB qualify to defend their title as BUCS National Champions

UoB 1 and UoB 2 put in amazing performances at BUCS Regionals in Sheffield on 31st January to storm into the final round. 

The Regional Squads

The top 8 University korfball teams throughout the Midlands region battled it out to qualify for BUCS Nationals in March. After each team played 6 games throughout the day, UOB 1 stormed to 2nd place with UOB 2 close behind in 5th . Our first team will go on to defend our national title at the start of March in Norwich. Our second team will go on to compete in a separate tournament, the BUCS national korfball trophy. Striving for gold in both!!

Both teams put in stella performances throughout the day. Team spirits were high and we displayed some of the best action we have yet produced.

With an early start at 5am to travel up to Sheffield, we did not possess the home advantage that saw us take 2nd place in the BUCS preliminary round back in November. However cars loaded and carb loaded, this would not stop us!

UOB 2 started the day with a tough match against Sheffield Hallam. Despite fantastic defense this game didn’t go our way. However, the second match against Leeds saw the 2s earn their first victory with a 7-5 win. The last match of the group round saw UOB 2 face rivals Nottingham. An absolutely fantastic first half performance saw them take the lead. However a mighty fall from George shook the team up. Nottingham displayed their skills and claimed the match, later going on to win the regional tournament.

The first game for UOB 1 was against our hosts, Sheffield University. With 4 goals within the first 5 minutes, there was no stopping the team. The top male scorer of the day, birthday boy Andrew Bovey, began his winning ways, putting in a hatrick in early on in the game seeing us easily take the win. The next game was another win against Leeds Beckett. Birmingham finished 17-1 in just a 30 minute game, possibly the best game of the day with fantastic shots all round. The last match of the group round saw UOB 1 face Nottingham 2s, with some cool, calm and collected play, UOB 1 took the win 13-5.

The quarter finals began after a rapid lunch break. Unfortunately our 2s faced a tough match against Sheffield and couldn’t quite get the win, however, there was some fantastic play with a special mention to Jack Faulkner who defended and shot brilliantly. UOB 1 took to court against Leeds. Another great team performance on court as well as support from the sideline saw us take the win. Special mention to our second team who also managed to locate a screwdriver to remove a nail which had found its way into Butterworth’s shoe.

UOB 1went on to face the already defeated Nottingham 2 in the semifinal. Fantastic long range shooting from Bovey and Seabright handed us the 11-2 win. UOB 2s last match saw them play Sheffield Hallam. Despite losing to them earlier on in the day, they claimed victory in a tension filled game with a score of 9-8. An incredible performance from all with a special mention to captain, Leah Elston Thompson, who scored 4 out of the 9 goals.

The final match of the day, UOB 1 v Nottingham 1 was always going to be tough, having been narrowly beaten by them in the preliminary round in November. With a lineup of support on the side line, Brum wanted to win. They took the lead in the first half with a score of 5-4, with some solid play and a fabulous one handed long shot from Bovey. Tensions were mounting in the second half and Nottingham found themselves 1 up. Unfortunately Nottingham were being awarded free passes, penalties and were making some nifty running in shots which we couldn’t quite get round. The final score finished 14-9 to Nottingham. But, although Nottingham got more goals, we scored the better goals. This gives us confidence and drive to push through and defend our title at Nationals.

1st team captain Harry Andrews: “I thought our performance throughout the whole tournament was of the highest level and every single player contributed hugely to what was a very successful day. We were obviously disappointed not to finish first but have so many positives to take from this round. We now know what to work on in training which will help us to reach the finals at Nationals in March.”

2nd team captain, Leah ET: “The second team put in a really strong performance throughout the day and the fact that we beat three other University 1st teams shows how far we have come. Our highlight was in the last match with a hard fought victory over Sheffield Hallam which has guaranteed us a great seeding for the second team nationals in March.”

1st Team

Chris Mannix (10) PHD Synthetic Aperture Radar, 2015

Alex Seabright, (12) Sports and Exercise Sciences, 2015

Andrew Bovey (20) PGCE in Mathematics, 2015

Robert Wright  (7) Sports, Physical Education and Coaching Science, 2015

Harry Andrews (C, 5) MSc Physics, 2015

Bethany Jones (2) Physiotherapy, 2015

Rachel Flight (4) Physical Sciences of Imaging in the Biomedical Science, 2015

Danique Fintelman (4) PHD, 2015

Emma Butterworth (VC, 4) International Business with Spanish, 2015

Bethan Hughes (1) MSc Chemistry, 2015

Kelly Lippett (2) MSc Urban and Regional Planning, 2015


2nd Team

Jack Faulkner (7) Biology, 2015

Ikhlaas Kasli, PhD Biochemical Engineering, 2017

Peter Tasker (6) Biological Sciences, 2015

Sam Bailey (VC, 7) PhD Nuclear Physics, 2016

Ollie Friston (3) Chemical Engineering, 2017

George Rourke, Golf Management, 2015

Jessica L Maguire (1) Education, 2017

Leah Elston Thompson (C, 7) Natural Sciences, 2015

Louise Tunnicliff (2) Psychology, 2016

Bryony Snelling, English and American Literature, 2015

Jules Macadam, Chemistry, 2015

Clarissa Price, Maths, 2017

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