Brunel take honours in Inter-Varsity Challenge
University takes tight win against rivals in annual contest
RUISLIP Town U15s made the most of their first appearance in a Middlesex FA U15 cup final by lifting the Jimmy Dyson Trophy.
Town were 3-1 winners over the Conquest Football Academy after extra time at Bedfont Sports Recreation Ground.
Conquest took the lead after 25 minutes through a great strike by skipper Josh Krishna. He picked up a loose ball about 25 yards out and powered it past Rhys Jones for the opener.
Then Conquest keeper Sami Nabbad misjudged the flight of a IN THE 2015 chapter of one of the most hotly-contested sporting competitions in west London, Brunel University came out victorious by beating St Mary’s University in the InterVarsity Challenge.
First up was men’s cricket, played in Brunel’s sports hall, and the home team would bat first, putting 99 runs on the board for St Mary’s to chase. St Mary’s put thirty-one runs up in the first four overs of their response, needing 69 from the remaining six to win.
St Mary’s were eventually victorious and the men’s Brunel cricket captain Ben Evans: “We had Dylan Cooke free-kick and the ball somehow found its way into the net for Ruislip Town’s equaliser.
Neither side could find a winner until Town went 2-1 ahead two minutes into the second period of extra time.
A bullet header by Ciaran O’Donoghue from a well-placed Dean Toddington corner provided the breakthrough.
They added a third goal three minutes later to wrap up the win. Reece Crotty picked up a pass from Max Goncear and weaved through the Conquest rearguard before he was brought down by the keeper. Jay O’Connell converted the penalty. a slow start and in the end we were unlucky to lose.”
Brunel’s men were victorious in the singles and doubles badminton competitions, while the women drew the doubles and won their singles competition, giving Brunel their first points towards the Varsity Trophy.
On the tennis courts, Brunel were similarly successful, with captain Charlie Clarke watching on from the sidelines as the home team claimed four men’s singles victories. Jamie Doran impressed with a 6-0, 6-0 win over his St Mary’s counterpart.
In the 1500m competition, St Mary’s enjoyed success with their athletes finishing first, second and sixth, while Brunel runners took the third, fourth and sixth places.
In the football, Brunel men’s third team were defeated 3-1 by St
The guest of honour, Middlesex FA chairman John Taylor, presented the trophies and medals after the game and selected Ciaran O’Donoghue as player of the match. Mary’s, bringing the overall score of West London Varsity so far to 4.5-2.5 in St Mary’s’ favour.
However, Brunel’s volleyball team were helping to claw the score back, beating St Mary’s 3-0 to bring Brunel’s score to 3.5 and, following the overall draw in men’s athletics, the victories in the doubles tennis and the draw in the futsal seconds, the overall trophy count was now 5.5-5.5.
A Brunellian thrashing in the ultimate frisbee gave the home team a 14-3 win, while a similarly dominant display by the Brunel first team gave Brunel an 11-3 victory.
The women’s basketball team made a successful start, going ahead 9-6, though the women’s rugby union team fell 32-5 and the women’s football side lost 8-1 to the away outfit.
St. Mary’s were also victorious
Callum Tobin, Lewis Logan, Tate Richards, Jamie Jinadasa, Max Goncear, Ryan Morris, Joseph Griffiths, Max Barraclough, Calum Beltrami and Bradley Henderson made up the rest of the squad. in the men’s hockey, winning 3-2 after three St Mary’s players were sin binned, bringing the overall score 8.5-7.5 to St Mary’s.
A Brunel win in the weightlifting levelled the scores at 8.5-8.5, and eventual victory at the women’s basketball, 58-27, put Brunel in the lead for the trophy.
A St Mary’s victory in the men’s football seconds brought the scores level again, but a netball win, 67-12, for Brunel kept them ahead in the count, 10.5-9.5.
In the thrilling conclusion to the day’s events, a tense men’s basketball win of 80-68, a victory in the rugby league and a last minute winner from Mohammed Hassan in the men’s football firsts, making the score 4-3, secured West London Varsity 2015 for Brunel University, with an overall score of 13.5-11.5. HILLINGDON Slipstreamers were recognised at the Central Region British Cycling Conference where they received three awards,
Club chairwoman Alison Grant was awarded with a BC Special Recognition Volunteer of the Year Award, head coach Dave George collected the Coach of the Year award and Hannah Keating earned the Gold Award for Young Volunteering.
After the event, a delighted George said: “It’s fantastic to be recognised with an award, especially when you know of other amazing and deserving volunteers who give their time and energy to the success of cycling at a youth level.”
Chairwoman Grant was unaware she had been nominated for her prize and admitted it took a few moments to register.
She added: “I have to admit here to a slight wobble. It had been a long day, and so my concentration had lapsed ever so slightly.”
Hillingdon Slipstreamers will host a National Youth Road Race again this year on June 6 with the action kicking off at 10am with the U8s. ADAM Bennett was Hillingdon Swimming Club’s golden boy as they played host to six other clubs at Uxbridge Pool during an afternoon ‘mini meet’ for young swimmers.
The event was aimed at girls and boys aged eight to 11 wishing to compete in their first or second gala.
There were nerves, excitement and lots of fun as the swimmers competed in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly races over 25 and 50 metres.
Watching parents were treated to some great competition in all events and the Hillingdon club’s swimmers, along with visiting children from clubs including Chalfont Otters, Wycombe, London Borough of Hounslow, Forward Hillingdon, Staines and Seabyrds all took home lots of medals.
Within the Hillingdon squads there were some impressive performances, particularly from Bennett who won a gold medal in every event for boys aged 10.
Georgina Woollard also starred by taking home four medals in the girls age eight category.
And Hillingdon swimmers swept the board in the 50m butterfly for boys aged nine as Harry Lee-Knowles, Krishna Chandaria, Brandon Heanen, Charlie Wing Yat Lo and Andrei Revenko romped home in the first five places.