SEVEN University of Chichester teams progressed to the last 16 of the British University College Sport (BUCS) Cup.
These included the men’s tennis team, led by David Whitwick, who defeated Imperial College 7-6 in sudden-death tie-breaks.
Another dominant display from Chi’s women’s rugby saw Portsmouth defeated 56-8 - Gilly Thomas with five tries.
Some 25 points from Olivia Benger led the women’s basketball team to a 130-21 win over New Bucks University.
The men’s football fours caused another shock dumping out Sussex firsts 1-0 thanks to Luke Gains’ unstoppable finish, whilst the fifths defeated Kingston III 6-1 at Bishop Otter, Glenn Whitaker with a hat-trick.
In the league there were welcome wins for both the men’s and women’s first teams. Goals from Pearce Farren and Jamie Crellin secured a much-needed 2-0 win over Gloucestershire in which goalkeeper James Binfield was man of the match.
Jodie Gray Piazza and a counter-attack goal started and finished by Georgia Selby overcame a resilient Brunel to move the women’s first team into third place in the Premier South.
See www.bucs.org.uk for all results and tables.
Last week’s games were the toughest yet for the University of Chichester netballers as teams travelled to fight for cup progress.
The second team went to the University of Surrey and came away with a 46-36 win.
Laura Meridew and Lesley Ritchie demonstrated fantastic shooting and movement around the circle. Emily Cromar, Ella Wells and Jenna Carpenter kept mid-court controlled with Adele Hawkins and Hannah Stratton in defence giving the Surrey shooters a hard time.
Megan Samuel and Jessie Ford came on at half-time and Chichester led by 12 points after three quarters.
Player of the match was Wells for her movement in the centre court and continuously providing the ball carrier with an option.
Captain Samuel said: “It was a great game with many areas we can take away and work on before the third round.”
Chichester’s third team played their biggest game yet against Portsmouth’s first team, who play six leagues above them.
By the end of the first quarter, Portsmouth were ahead only 17-10. Chichester’s defence worked Portsmouth’s attack hard with Chloe Chapman on top form while Hannah Wakelin and Alescia Ferrari formed a strong partnership in the attacking circle, making it 25-19 by half-time.
Both sides introduced fresh legs and Chichester worked hard but lost 51-37. Player of the match was Chapman.
Vice-captain Rummery said: “I couldn’t be any more proud of the team. We may have lost, however we have our heads held high.”
Chichester’s fourths visited Roehampton firsts in the second round of the cup. It was very close with Roehampton just nicking it 28-22.
Sophie Mayell and Bella Dale kept Roehampton’s defence on their toes while Lily Cartwright and Sarah Judd formed a perfect partnership pressuring Roehampton’s shooters. Player of the match was Judd.
The fifth team visited University Campus Suffolk’s firsts in the second round of their cup.
Chichester took a 9-6 lead by the end of the first quarter but Suffolk then took the lead and Chichester found it hard to come back. Chichester lost 27-18 but Melissa Corby at centre kept the team’s spirits high and was named player of the match.
Chichester’s two development teams played the under-16 Sussex squads. In their first game, the Chichester girls were nervous, but congratluations go to Aimee Parr, Terri Daniels and Ruby Gibson for their determination and excellent play.
This was the first of many games for the development squads and their enjoyment and commitment will continue through the season.
Uni of Chichester 130 Buckinghamshire New Uni 21
BUCS South Eastern Conference Cup
Chichester smashed their way through in the Conference Cup to make it to the final 16 with a remarkable scoreline.
They dominated the court from the beginning, with experienced players such as Meg Martinez, Katie Doubleday, Abby Swieton, Shannon McGeachy and Kiely Reed forming the starting five and scoring within seconds.
Chichester ended the first quarter with an impressive lead of 39-4 and by the halfway mark it was 62-7.
Chichester started the third quarter with a press, but with a few bad passes from Chichester, Buckinghamshire took their opportunity and managed to score four times within three minutes to end the quarter trailing 93-17.
Determined to reach hundred and to make up for their earlier mistakes, Chichester scored 23 points in the eight minutes it took for Buckinghamshire to score their first points of the quarter.
Top scorer of the match went to Chichester vice-president Olivia Benger with an impressive 25, followed closely by Kiely Reed with 23 and team captain Martinez with 21.
Benger said: “I was very happy to be top scorer. It was really good to be back on the court again after not being able to play the past few matches. It was a confidence-boosting game and a great moment for the team.”
The next round of the cup in February sees the University of Chichester host the University of East London.