Revenge is sweet as netball seconds end year on a high

With the festive break approaching there were only two official BUCS fixtures for Edge Hill University sides – and there were positive results for both teams in competitive action.

The women’s netball second team, who sit fifth in Northern 5A, hosted second-placed Lancaster thirds and ran out 47-21 winners, gaining immediate revenge for their cruel 36-35 defeat a week earlier.

“The whole team were outstanding and worked well together, moving up and down the court. We kept our heads up, to keep pushing through the match”, reflected captain Emilia Perks.

Ella Clague played her first home match since moving up into the seconds and proved effective, linking well in attack and defence, although the captain’s player of the match award was shared between Lauren Kelsall and Charlotte Knight.

Edge Hill’s netball second team rounded the year off on a high with victory over Lancaster (photo: Steve Walker)

The men’s tennis team were the other Edge Hill side in competitive action and they travelled to Keele firsts for a 2nd v 3rd battle – and came away with a creditable 6-6 draw. The result keeps them in contention for the Northern 3A title alongside their higher-placed opponents and Liverpool seconds, who are two points clear at the top of the table.

A 6-6 draw at Keele maintained the men’s tennis team’s promotion prospects

In other campus sports news, the men’s and women’s hockey club joined forces to host their charity tournament in aid of Help for Heroes and the British Lung Foundation.

“We chose those causes because they are both great charities. The British Lung Foundation work closest with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) awareness, aiming to find a cure for it. This is close to our hearts because one of our girls was diagnosed with the condition last year”, said women’s firsts’ captain Em Wymer.

There were contrasting emotions during the hockey clubs’ charity tournament… (pic: Steve Walker)

Em is also one of five players to have made it through to this month’s England Universities trials. Anna Hollis, Rhian Lowe, Lucy Brown and Imogen Kelly are the other players who will be hoping to impress selectors.

The Edge Hill Christmas Dodgeball Tournament saw the American football, badminton, basketball, rugby union and swimming clubs all represented. Organised by Sports Development Officer Rosa Hussey with help from Edge Hill Sport, the players sported Christmas hats, as well as displaying variable dodgeball ability…winners of the selection boxes were team one for the men’s badminton players, with the American football team one second and the men’s basketballers third.

No pain, no gain during the Edge Hill Christmas Dodgeball Tournament (photo: Steve Walker)

The Edge Hill sports teams have now finished for the year, with training scheduled for mid-January ahead of the next round of BUCS fixtures on 23 January.