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.
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.