Sum­mer’s side shines de­spite de­feat in fi­nal

Brunel team dis­ap­pointed but feel pos­i­tive af­ter loss NET­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Katie Falk­ing­ham tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

BRUNEL Univer­sity net­ball star Sum­mer Art­man in­sists her team­mates can hold their heads high af­ter suf­fer­ing de­feat at the hands of a Su­per League team, in the BUCS Big Wed­nes­day Cham­pi­onship fi­nal in Sh­effield.

This year’s BUCS Big Wed­nes­day saw 104 stu­dent teams de­scend on Steel City to com­pete for 50 gold medals across 14 sports, with Sh­effield Hal­lam Univer­sity play­ing host.

Brunel faced a strong Northum­bria Univer­sity side who fea­ture at the top level of English net­ball and suf­fered a dev­as­tat­ing 54-26 loss to miss out on much­wanted gold.

And al­though the pain of de­feat was hard to bear, Art­man, who hails from Bris­tol, ad­mits she was proud of how her team fared against tough op­po­si­tion.

“It was very dis­ap­point­ing to lose,” said the 18-year-old psy­chol­ogy stu­dent. “But all credit goes to them be­cause they are a Su­per League side, so to have put up a re­ally good fight against them is very pos­i­tive.

“We’ve had a great sea­son, in­clud­ing win­ning the league af­ter los­ing only one game. We have put in a re­ally great fight all year, so it has been fan­tas­tic.

“I was re­ally sur­prised at the stan­dard of play here at BUCS, and our fi­nal re­ally epit­o­mised that.

“At Brunel we have six teams, which just shows how much ev­ery­one loves the game, so com­pet­ing at BUCS is great.

“It’s very im­por­tant to par­tic­i­pate here. It is an en­vi­ron­ment where you are hav­ing fun with your friends but where those friends push you and want to see you get bet­ter.

Bri­tish Uni­ver­si­ties & Col­leges Sport ( BUCS) is the na­tional gov­ern­ing body for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (HE) sport in the UK, or­gan­is­ing leagues and com­pe­ti­tions for more than 150 in­sti­tu­tions across 52 dif­fer­ent sports. Part­nered by Deloitte, BUCS sup­ports ath­letes from a grass roots level through to Com­mon­wealth and Olympic Games hope­fuls. Go to www.bucs.

n ‘GOOD FIGHT’: Brunel Univer­sity net­ball star Sum­mer Art­man

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