Sports editor, Charlie La Foret, speaks to a handful of UWE sports clubs to assess their fortunes last season and discuss their hopes and expectations heading into the new campaign.

Squash

The UWE Squash Club – voted the best UWE sport club of 2014.

Last year, the club scored 212 BUCS points which broke the UWE scoring record and with that moved up to second of all competing institutions in the sport. We enjoyed a largely successful time last year with gold and silver medals in the BUCS individuals championship, provided by Mohamed Elshorbagy and Marwan Elshorbagy, World number 2 and 15 respectively. The men’s first team finished fourth in the Premier division, and reached the semi-finals of the BUCS championships. Elsewhere, the Men’s second, third and fourth team all finished top of their divisions and achieved promotion. The Women’s first team finished third in their division and won the BUCS trophy.

Uwe Squash Club 2013-2014. Credit: Take That Photo
Uwe Squash Club 2013-2014. Credit: Take That Photo

Away from the competitive side, we have a highly active social side with regular social nights and plenty of squash court time available for all members to attend irrespective of their standard. All abilities are welcome!

Hopes for the season – This season we are hoping to build on our strong performances last year and to introduce a second Women’s team.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the club, find us on Facebook

Ed Cross, UWE Squash President.

Basketball

During the 2013-2014 season, the UWE Jets Men’s first team had an undefeated season in the BUCS Western 1A division, winning all of their ten games and finishing top of the pile. Following this, the Jets unfortunately lost the play-off final against a strong side from UEL and missed out on promotion, despite the fact that they had won their league undefeated. The season also included a run in the BUCS Basketball Trophy, where they reached the Quarter Finals stage.

The men’s second team played in the BUCS Western 3A division and finished fifth, winning twice and losing on four occasions. The Women’s team had a successful year in the BUCS Western 2A division too.They finished second, losing only once to the eventual league winners. The Men’s first team lost a few key players who graduated, including President Steve Devereux. However, we have recruited Bristol Flyer and Captain of the Danish International Team, Mathias Seilund, who will be studying at UWE and playing for the UWE Jets.

Uwe Jets discussing their game plan.
Uwe Jets discussing their game plan.

Hopes for the season – All three teams are looking to win the league and gain promotion.

To keep up to date with the UWE Jets, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter: @UWEJets

James Barton, UWE Basketball.

Tennis

Tennis at UWE has been fortunate enough to experience unprecedented growth in the last couple of years. We have jumped from having two teams to entertaining three Men’s teams and two Women’s teams, with a squad of over 30 members all competing in BUCS this year,. The club caters for all standards, and with the introduction of social tennis – we clock up eight hours of court time a week. A big season lies ahead…

Uwe Tennis squad. Credit: Take That Photo
Uwe Tennis squad. Credit: Take That Photo

Hopes for the season – Looking to seek out two promotions, and maybe cause a varsity upset!

Mike Hollingbery, UWE Tennis President.

Rowing

Last year saw a strong season for the boat club. Having integrated many novice rowers into the senior squad, we were able to put in strong performances at big events such as Henley Royal, BUCS Regatta and the Varsity Boat Race. We also fielded three athletes at GB trials, with one going on to win a medal!

We have lost several key members of our senior squad, including our three GB trialists, but we have also had a very positive intake of senior rowers with many of them wanting to trial this year. We have also had a good intake of novice rowers this year and hope to field at least two eights in both the novice Men’s and Women’s categories throughout the year. There should be some real competition this year for the top boats in every squad, which is great news for myself, the rest of the committee and the coaching staff.

Uwe Boat club enjoying some success.
Uwe Boat club enjoying some success.

Hopes for the season – Retain the Varsity Blade, a place in the top 50 at Head of the River in March, achieve our biggest ever medal haul at the BUCS Regatta and be competitive come the Henley Royal Regatta.

Charlie James, UWE Rowing President.

Cricket

The cobwebs have settled on what proved to be an unfulfilling 2013-2014 for UWE CC. Despite a successful year off the pitch, with a well-run committee and influx of new members, the weather ultimately prevailed. The first eleven Men’s were only able to complete two of their outdoor fixtures, and subsequently will remain in Western 2A for the coming year. A consolation, if only small perhaps, they won both of these fixtures and will head into 2A as group favourites.

As for the second team, they managed three fixtures but unfortunately did not register a victory. Away from the pitch, and into the sports hall, more cricket was played. A triumphant varsity whitewash for the first, second and Women’s teams was the highlight of a cricket-fuelled winter. We entered one representative side into the indoor Bucs competition; they finished a respectable fourth in a very competitive group.

Uwe Cricket Club; the class of 2013-2014. Credit: Take That Photo
Uwe Cricket Club; the class of 2013-2014. Credit: Take That Photo

Hopes for the season – 1XI: Promotion – 2XI: Consolidation/promotion push – Women: Play a full indoor Bucs season with a view to enter the outdoor competition.

We’re always interested in new members – like us on Facebook: UWE Cricket Club and UWE Women’s Cricket.

Tom Kimberlin, Indoor Cricket Co-Ordinator.

By Charlie La Foret