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SU sport roundup: A mixed week for UoP

A week of ups and downs for Portsmouth’s athletic union - but nothing the obstinate spirit of UoP can't overcome

Starting with Portsmouth’s premier American football team (the Portsmouth Destroyers),
who recently faced off against UWE (University of West England) in a hard fought battle.
Unfortunately, the Destroyers lost the game 48-0 due to UWE’s impressive offensive and
defensive tactics. The Destroyers are sure to turn things around, with team confidence boosted by their promotion back to the Premier Division in the 2016/17 season. Dominant quarterback Sam
Chance is sure to rally his side against Swansea on the 2nd.

The University of Portsmouth Basketball teams are on an impressive run, with the men’s
seconds beating Brunel 3rd team 47-37 and the Men’s 1st team beating Imperial College 2nds
77-59. Unfortunately, the Women’s 1st team were defeated by Surrey University 1st team 64-
56, even though Bijou Bukhory put up impressive numbers with 26 points to her name.
However, the team did secure a win in the BUCS South Eastern Conference Cup and have
progressed to the quarter finals. For the Portsmouth men’s 1st team, they are 2nd in the BUCS
South Eastern table with 6pts, just below Brunel 2nd team who have 9pts in total. The men’s
team are determined to overcome Brunel and gain the top spot in the league.

Tennis now and Portsmouth’s men’s 1sts defeated LSE men’s 1sts with flying colours, as each
member of the men’s team defeated their opponents in straight sets. Both Ryan Andrews
and Harry Willmott-Stanton won both of their doubles and singles matches against LSE.
Unfortunately, the Portsmouth men’s 2nd’s lost against Brighton’s men’s 1sts 8-4 with only 2
players winning in straight sets.

And finally, rugby union, where the men’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th team lost as well as the
women’s 1sts. Tri scorers included Harry Allen, Nicholas Stonehouse, Bill Wright, Tamara
McCabe with two, Sam Grover, Will Matthews and Russ Hudson. All of the fixtures were united by the respective teams’ incredible determination. I’m sure the unlucky UoP athletic teams that were unfortunate enough to lose will turn their fortunes around in the coming weeks.

In essence, the athletic union have had a rough week of losses, but if history is anything to
go by, then there will be no slowing down for Portsmouth this season. Each sports club have
shown how successful they can be and can turn their seasons around. A few losses will not define the clubs’ seasons. There is plenty of time to make a comeback and regain dominance.

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