On potentially one of the hottest days so far this year, Mixed Netball braved the heat and made their way up to Lakeside courts to take part in the Women's Netball Charity Tournament.
Winning 5 out of 6 matches (who knew men's football were so good at netball? I say they just had the height advantage) we were through to the semi finals.
Notable moments include:
Placed against the freshers team of Women's Netball in the semis, we knew we were in for a tough match. Tired, sunburnt and sweating we slapped on our 5th layer of suncream and downed yet another bottle of water and made our way on to the court.
After a tough match in the 30 degree heat, we ended up just missing out on the finals by losing 4-3. (Though honestly I'm not too sure we minded all that much as all everyone wanted to do was get back and get in a shower at this point.)
Well done to everyone who played and especially for making it to the semi finals!!
Pictures by Tim Nunan
We somehow managed to gather a team of volunteers and against all odds we managed to swim the channel today as part of the Swimming and Water Polo Club's Charity Channel Swim! This was for a great cause - we raised money for Headway, they provide UK-wide support and information to improve life after brain injury.
Thanks to everyone who participated and donated, the just giving page is still up for people to donate, any amount is hugely appreciated!
Well done to Charlotte, Hannah, Lee, Todd, Bal, Dale, Lilly, Mark, Wilhelm and Holly!
So it turns out WE CAN PLAY FOOTBALL (sometimes).
Wasting no time getting back into the swing of things, we had our first match of third term on the evening of Friday week 1 - a football match against the women's football team.
For those of us that ate one too many Easter eggs this holiday, this gave us the chance to run around and work them off, before venturing out to neon or back to the library for dat revision. We won 8-1(!!!) in this match, but it seemed we peaked a little too early.
The following week came the Women's football charity tournament. The teams had another dabble and despite losing all the games, managed to pick up some prizes along the way #itsthetakingpartthatcounts
WELL DONE TEAM!
IT IS MY PLEASURE TO ANNOUNCE THE EXEC OF 2017-18
President: Annabel Martirossian
Captain: Annabelle Warwick
Vice Captain: Chloe Phillimore
Social Secretaries: Tamara Tharmaraj and Katie Hayman-Joyce
Secretary: Megan Parnell
Tour Secretary: Sophie Auj
Treasurer: Alex Clark
Publicity Officer: Anna Bruce
Charities and Events Officer: Charlotte Midgley Ross
As week 6 begins and the BA students sod off home for their well-deserved(??) week off, it can only be time to reminisce on the adventures of our week cavorting with the Mixed Hockey lot.
The week started well with the hockey tournament being undeterred by the rain (we'd have definitely been in Bar Fusion eating chips within 10 minutes, but the steely perseverance of the hockey players managed to encourage us to stick with it). We were well and truly thrown in at the deep end- most of us having our hockey experience limited to extremely traumatic PE experiences many years ago- but some of us managed to be helpful and contribute to our teams, the rest managing to successfully stay out of the way and on their feet (with a few exceptions.. Charlotte.. Annabelle..).
With the following day came the netball tournament (and some achey Mixed Netballers). The rain managed to hold off this time (even mother nature prefers netball) and the session got off to a good start. After a quick explanation of the netball rules ("..no you can't tackle") the hockey players soon began to pick it up and before long it was time for the tournament to begin. All went well in the games, and after some questionable first results, a quick recalculation rectified the situation- if you were in the winning team congratulations! If not, you know, it's the taking part that counts... In addition to some (questionable) netball tekkers, we also managed to raise about £30 from our swear jar- who knew we all had such filthy mouths. Huge thanks to everyone who owned up to their swearing and paid up!
The midweek boat race between various netball and hockey members which immediately followed the netball training is still somewhat baffling- bringing 10 cans of Strongbow Dark Fruit to training isn't generally considered normal practise- but with some questionable sportsmanship from both sides and a gallant sacrifice from captain Lee (who spent the rest of the day moderately sticky and smelling like an alcoholic) I think it's safe to say we came out on top- the start of things to come when it came to the final event of the week: Pub Golf.
I think we can all safely say that if pub golf's aim was to get us drunk, holding onto eggs for dear life then it was a roaring success. Big shoutout to Megan, Bal, Andy and Linesy for arranging the event and providing the copious amount of eggs.. Shame on anyone who purposefully sabotaged other people's egg friends (here's looking at you Todd), and congrats to those who woke up the next morning wondering why they had an half cracked egg in their bag.
Overall it can definitely be said that this week has been a massive triumph, and hopefully next year we can continue the trend and arrange more events together- hockey might even win the boat race next time, who knows.. On a slightly more serious note, on behalf of Mixed Netball we'd like to say a huge thank you to Mixed Hockey for welcoming us into their club for the week, and another thank you to everyone who came along to any or all of the joint events and donated- we raised £237 in total between the two clubs.
The story begins on the Friday afternoon. Bal (resident dodgeball 'player') invites the squad to participate in training to teach them the rules and get used to play. Despite less than half the squad turning up (that dedication tho), it quickly became clear that Todd was useless, Koch was a mess, and Brad...Brad was actually ok...or, as he described himself so modestly, "a natural-born athlete".
Fast forward to Saturday morning. We were ready for a 10am start. There was momentary panic from Brad who woke up at half 9, before Lee reminded him he lived on campus and should stop being such an idiot. Unfortunately, a certain member of the squad did not turn up on time...Todd was justifiably punished by being made a substitute for the first few games...however it should have been clear that this tardiness was merely foreshadowing his more annoying behaviour later on in the day - e.g. after finding out he hadn't even brushed his teeth, Lee bought Todd a doughnut to clean his bad breath. Bal added a bit of toothpaste to the mix, much to Todd's delight.
MATCH 1 - Group Stage
Netball is for Girls vs. Blackburn Rovers
Score: 3-2 win
The group stage was played best of 5 games, and this match would prove to be one of the toughest all day. Despite facing a squad with a 1st team dodgeballer on it, MN were not fazed, and in the first game, a catch from Lee off the first throw put us in good stead for the rest of the match. The second game was fairly even, but a rogue throw from Willy gifted the other team a catch, proving that even the best players make mistakes and we lost the game. 1-1 now. Willy was swiftly substituted, and with fresh legs, we won the third game. This is in spite of Todd stacking and tripping over Alex (what an idiot). We lost the fourth game...it is what it is...Bal missed an easy catch...let's get over it...SO it came down to the wire, 2-2, we needed to win the last game to win the match. And in a beautiful display of dodgeball from MN, our opponents were outclassed, and another rogue throw from Willy (this time hitting their last player in) led the ref to blow his whistle and declare MN as victors!
It's been a busy weekend for MN; our old boys returned to campus yesterday to participate in our first match of the year. We put up a tough fight but unfortunately age won over beauty this time with the final score being 22-17 to the oldies, though I think everyone will agree it was a good match all round- the club is a force to be reckoned with! Last night we also welcomed back the old boys and a huge number of freshers to the biggest circle of the year so far, hitting Skool Dayz and reminding the graduates what purple tastes like.
Today we ran the last of our scheduled taster sessions, with a great- though moderately hungover- turnout, so now its time for a big thank you to everyone who came to a session over the last few weeks- whether you showed up to the first, the last or every one in between its been great to see you and introduce you to the club we all know and love, and we hope you've decided stick around!
If you've managed to last three weeks without making it to a taster session but are still keen to join the club, never fear! Our regular training sessions will start this week, the first being Wednesday from 1-3 at the lakeside courts (hopefully you should all know where that is by now), and the second being on Thursday at 8:30pm in Desso Hall (in the Sports Centre). The Thursday session will be an extra special one-off collab with our friends at Futsal, where we run a training session together and have a go at a few matches of each so I'd definitely recommend coming and checking that out!
Mixed Netball is the sports club that's all about creating a relaxed sports environment to meet up with friends, as well as organising some brilliant socials. We are one of the largest sports club in the university. We train twice a week and meet socially at least once a week.