Seven teams travelled to Southampton Solent for the pre-season ‘Battle of the South’, with Bournemouth winning 5-2.
It was a strong start for the men’s badminton team, who showed complete dominance in their fixture, winning 15-1. The depth of the men’s tennis 2nd team also shone through, winning 10 matches in comparison to just 2 victories for Southampton Solent.
The captain of the men’s squash team, Joe Prout, has the right to feel confident about their upcoming season after beating Solent an impressive 5-0. As do the netball squad who won 37-22. Although they had an unsuccessful 2013/14 season, which saw them relegated from the BUCS Western 1A, their performance against Solent provides promise ahead of their tie away to Southampton University on Wednesday.
The women’s hockey team continued where they left off last season with a 3-0 win. Varsity Coach Clive Nelson said: “we had a number of chances and could have put the game to bed, Solent were however a very organised team and caused some problems”.
The women’s football squad lost 6-1 to a more experienced Solent team, who have a glowing reputation as a very successful Sunday league side. Having only played together for six days, the match provided a great learning curve for the team.
BU’s men’s hockey team suffered a 4-0 defeat to Solent, who finished 2nd in the Western 3A last season.
With pre-season over, the 2014/15 Varsity season officially begins on 15th October. More than a thousand trialists competed for this year’s hugely coveted Varsity squad spots. The men’s football trials were as popular as ever, attracting 240 players for just 38 available places.
This seasons trials were different than ever before. 400 people took part in a new physical performance test, implemented by BU’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, Stuart Martin, with the help of 8 chiropractors from the AECC. Baz Bidnell (Tennis), Jack Spiller (Basketball), Gabrielle Rowsell (Athletics) and Charlie Ambidge (Hockey), were the top performers. The results will be used to not just evaluate current physical performance, but also track player improvements throughout the Varsity programme.
For more information about the upcoming Varsity season, visit the SportBU Varsity website.