Chichester students continue to rack up victories

The women's basketball team celebrate their late, late victory
The women's basketball team celebrate their late, late victory

A full set of 24 BUCS fixtures saw an astonishing return of 15 wins and four draws for University of Chichester teams as the season draws to a conclusion.

The men’s football fifth team overcame yet another opposition first team to progress to the South Eastern Conference semi-finals - a 4-2 win over London Met was inspired by a double from Glen Whittaker.

The uni’s badminton players enjoyed yet more success, with the women’s team easily overcoming Kingston 7-1 away from home as they close in on the league title.

Stand-in captain for the day Robbie McIlwrick inspired his men’s team to a 5-3 win over Brighton to ease relegation fears.

Both basketball first teams earned dramatic wins - the men’s firsts, away to St Marys, battled to a 110-108 victory thanks to captain Alex Barbary’s 29 points and a late three-pointer from Jack Green.

The netball club enjoyed three wins - the ones completed a good season with a 50-30 victory over UCL, finishing third in their league. The twos defeated St Georges 30-25 to move closer to clinching their league, while the thirds overcame league rivals Roehampton 29-15.

The men’s rugby ones defeated league leaders Surrey ones 17-5 in a pulsating encounter on the Bishop Otter Campus. Most of the damage was inflicted in the first half with Rob Prior going over for the first try of the game as well as adding one penalty and a conversion.

After an emphatic season, the women’s rugby team secured the league title with a tough win over nearest rivals Sussex - a 19-12 away victory. The win sees them go into a three-way play-off to return back to the elite Premiership South.

The men’s hockey club enjoyed two home games back to back. First up were the twos, who defeated Imperial 4-3 to move closer to securing their league title.

The firsts were in a winner-takes-all fixture against league leaders UCL but despite the team’s best efforts, UCL secured the draw they required and Chi finished runners up - still a remarkable season for them.

There were also wins for men’s football seconds and fourths, the women’s football seconds the men’s volleyball ones.

See www.bucs.org.uk for all results and tables.

Basketball: University of Chichester 50 University College London 49

Chichester took a thrilling one-point win against UCL in spectacular style.

They started strongly, yet it wasn’t long before UCL made their mark. Chichester were forced into a defensive game as UCL took full advantage of their mistakes. Chichester ended the first quarter 18-13 down.

An impressive hustle from Shannon McGeachy allowed Chichester to rattle UCL and put their first points of the second quarter on the board within seconds. But Chichester once again struggled to keep the momentum going, scoring only six points throughout the quarter to trail 28-19 at halfway.

A much needed pep talk from coach Stuart Hardyman saw Chichester emerge a new team.

UCL’s once-precise tactics became frantic and unorganised. Chichester had found their drive and ended the quarter only 32-30 down.

Chichester continued to improve. First-year student Kiely Reed consistently impressed as she shot three-pointers throughout the fourth quarter.

UCL failed to make either of their late free throws, allowing Chichester captain Meg Martinez to steal possession and make a tactical pass to Reed.

With only seconds left, Reed shot the ball from her own three-point line. As the final buzzer sounded there was a moment of silent awe as the ball flew impressively through the hoop.

The entire hall erupted in screams of celebrations as every member of the Chichester team flocked to centre court to engulf the talented player. As Chichester celebrated their winning point and UCL looked on in utter astonishment.

Club president Katie Doubleday said: “Scoring on the buzzer is always exciting but when it determines a deserved win it creates an incomparable reaction. As a team we could not be happier.”