On Wednesday, University of Gloucestershire sports teams will be competing in the second week of BUCS for the 2019/20 season.
Parklife Sport Reporter, Curtis Oldroyd went around the University to get an idea for how teams are feeling going into their games this week. The main man of the operation, George Berry- SU Sports Officer has got high hopes for the upcoming round of fixtures,
“I’ve got a good feeling about this week, hopefully we can build on the momentum of some good results from last week such as Rugby League’s First team beating Exeter 50-8 and playing some really dominating Rugby particularly towards the end of the game.”
Men’s Rugby Union 1st XI gained promotion to BUCS Western Premier League and they face UWE who dropped down from the league above. Despite this Berry believes that having gained some strong freshers they can match what will be a strong outfit.
“I think the union boys could cause a real upset- UWE were playing in the league above last year but if the lads play like they did against a really tough Hartpury team, where they were unlucky not to come away with something from the game. Yet again Downesy has got them playing high quality rugby.”
Oldroyd caught up with the First team captain of Rugby Union, Josh Putt ahead of their trip to UWE. When asked about their preperation for the clash he emphasised the determined mentatlity he and other senior members of the squad are trying to install into the team,
“Preparation for this week has had some conditioning in but mostly team based stuff making sure everyone’s up to speed and on board with what we’re trying to achieve going into Wednesday. We’re setting out with the mindset to win as we will every week, we want to really compete in this league and plan on getting some points under our belt Wednesday.”
Inside the arena this week Netball 1st XI will have their first home game of the season after suffering a 63-41 loss to Hertfordshire 1st XI. Berry reckons that a bounce back from the girls is on the cards in what is an important match against Bath 1st XI,
“The big fixture this week in the arena is the Netball 1st team, they had a tough start last week but with the quality in their team like Jane Taylor then they’re bound to bounce back.”
A club that did get an all-round good start to their BUCS calender was Men’s Football, they picked up seven points from a possible nine. The 1st XI played Bristol 2nd XI off the park with the final score, 4-1. Whilst the 2nd XI gained bragging rights against local rivals Hartpury by winning 3-2 against their 3rd XI and the 3rd XI picked up a 2-2 draw at The Folley against Cardiff Met 5th XI.
The Club Captain, Jordan Fowler was particularly pleased with the freshers in the first team who have brought into the club’s ethos and will be pivotal when they travel down to the south coast against Bournemouth 2nd team.
‘It was a joy to watch them play, all the new freshers providing great performances fitting in very well to Jack Rutter and Jack Costerton’s style of play. Hopefully they can go to Bournemouth and pick up the three points.’
Other freshers who are impressing are the Men’s Hockey freshers, as UOG Hockey veteran Ben Sheldrake highlighted,
‘Preparation has been good so far working on the team press and defensive structures. I think our fresher striker, Harry Bal will be crucial this week.’
Elsewhere Volleyball have to travel to USW and first team captain, Emily Rosamand is full of optimism, not just for this week but for the rest of the season as well,
‘I’m feeling very confident about our game on Wednesday especially after our performance last week, we played this team last season and lost 3-1 so hopefully this week we manage to win. All of our girls will be key this week. As captain I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season and having only played one match so far, I’m very confident that we could do well.’
The general consensus is that this year will be a progressive one, this was optimized by Berry throughout the the interview, who was enthusiastic about all the sports competing, with a special mention to Men’s Basketball who he believes will be the surprise package this year.
‘Men’s Basketball look a completely different side to last year, they were unlucky to lose last week but have recruited some good freshers and looked strong.’
Things are looking good for ‘TeamGlos’ at the moment, with Wednesday being a great opportunity for all teams to carry on the momentum of the university.
For all the fixtures this Wednesday checkout the fixture list here on ParkLife Sport.