The 2017/18 season for the University of Portsmouth has been one of success for many clubs within the AU, both BUCs and non-BUCs alike. As the season ends for many within the AU, it has been fantastic to look back over how some of the clubs within the university have done over the past season. Some societies and clubs do continue their season into the summer, such as cricket, however, as the final games and competitions come to a close, it is a good time to reflect on what has been achieved by many of our sport clubs.
For the men of American Football, they can safely say that they will have yet another season in the Premier League after a hard-fought campaign during 2017/18 allowing them to survive in Premier South. Badminton’s Men’s second team have secured promotion to the Third Tier after becoming winners of South Eastern 4A this season, while the women have achieved a third place finish in South Eastern 2A. With Men’s Basketball, their Men’s second team came second in South Eastern 4A, putting them in good stead for next year while the women’s basketball team achieved a third-place finish which solidified their Tier 2 status for next season.
Cricket seemed to have nothing but success this season, with both the Men’s and Women’s teams securing places at the National Finals in Cardiff. The women did so in style with six wins from six games, while the men pulled off an impressive win streak of their own by winning five out of five. The women were unfortunate to not make it past the pool stages, whilst the men did fantastically well to make it all the way to the final. Unfortunately they narrowly lost to Leeds in the final but it is a remarkable achievement nonetheless. After such a promising indoor season, confidence will be high leading into an exciting outdoor season for the club.
The university’s Dance Club went to Loughborough University Dance Competition recently, entering teams into multiple categories. The Dance Club placed second in the Novice Tap competition, and vice-president Celia Coleman was involved with all four competitions that the club entered into.
For Women’s Football, success has not been far away for both the Ladies’ first and second team. The Ladies’ first team have once again won South Eastern 1A and will be training hard for their Premier League play-offs now. The second team have also been crowned winners of South Eastern 3A, earning promotion and bouncing right back after their relegation the year before.
The University of Portsmouth’s Hockey club have had some top finishes to shout about, with their Men’s second team earning themselves a second-place finish after relegation last year, and the Ladies’ second team are very close to securing themselves a second-place finish in South Eastern 4A if all goes according to plan. The Ladies’ first team are also waiting the results of the 1A Play-Offs in April to see if they will be able to retain their place in South Premier B League after beating Southampton in their final BUCs league fixture to bump themselves up into 5th place over Gloucestershire University.
Netball have had a very successful season, with five of their six teams securing top four places in their respective leagues. The Ladies’ first team fought hard for their second place in South Eastern 2A, while the third team finished fourth in South Eastern 4A. The Ladies’ fourth team were crowned the winners of South Eastern 6A with an impressive ten out of ten wins, whilst the fifth team were right on their heels in third place of the same league. Finally, the sixth team finished third in South Eastern 7A.
Women’s Rugby can also be proud of their campaign during the 2017/18 season, with a second-place finish secured for them with one game to go. The Women are also looking forward to their Cup Final against Sussex on the 21st March.
Tchoukball’s First Team are also doing extremely well this season, with only two losses throughout their entire campaign with both only coming at Nationals. They remain undefeated in their Regional League (South-East Regional League Division 2) with six wins and one draw. Not to mention they were able to, once again, beat Southampton at Varsity.
Tennis also have had success with their Men’s second team, who have secured a top four finish in South Eastern 2A this season. Meanwhile Volleyball Ladies first team are currently holding steady at second place in South Eastern 3A and hopefully they can maintain that strong position.
From the results above, the achievements made across the clubs at the university have been fantastic, and the mentioned clubs are only a handful of those who have been tasting success this season. For other clubs and societies, their seasons are still ongoing or have yet to begin. Hopefully the same level of success that has been shown across the board within the multiple AU clubs and societies already can be taken forward into the outdoor seasons of the other societies and clubs that have yet to see the end of their sporting calendars.