Term 2 Week 7
Varsity week finally arrived and with it brought the excitement and pleasure of smashing Coventry University for the 28th straight time. The unsurprising result was announced just before 2pm on Saturday, quite early for an apparent weekend of intensely fought sporting action. The final tally of 42-14 meant that this year was business as usual.
The Warwick Tennis week really started on Tuesday, with a social for those members of the club going on tour. Unfortunately, a meal and bowling turned into just bowling, however, we were all treated to a pretty good night. Everyone pretty much got two rounds of bowling, with the tied top score of 159 belonging to a huge clash of styles in Ollie’s rapid approach that often left him tumbling, and my slower and more consistent bowling game plan.
Other highlights include the small HQ gathering in between turns that lasted one question, and Ben’s repeated losses to Cameron in boxing, at the risk of injuring his wrist prior to Wednesday's matches. At the end of the night, we were treated to the mouth-watering possibility of attending the Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao game on tour! Make it happen Alex!
The Wednesday brought BUCS tennis as usual, but this week there were important Round of 16 trophy games for both the women and men’s 1st teams that went quite differently. The women’s 1st's biggest challenge ended up being an arduous drive to Sheffield Hallam as they secured a 12-0 win, with the girls losing just 10 games in singles, though a caveat being that the final singles was not played.
The men’s 1sts on the other hand had a very dramatic and tense and encounter with Exeter 2s. The doubles were split 2-2, as Will and Lcci secured a 10-5 third set win and Vlad and I falling in the second doubles 6-2 7-5. The first two singles went in similar vein, with Lcci gaining an important victory to bring the score to 4-4. With Vlad and I both locked in third sets, the scoring of points stalled a bit, until Vlad fell narrowly 6-4 in the third set, but I managed to equalise the tie with the same score. Onto the shootout we went, and again, Lcci managed to put us ahead with a convincing 10-4 victory, though his run of 5 straight points from 5-4 began with a net cord. Vlad put up a huge fight, saving 4 match points, but eventually fell in the second singles, pitting Will and I for a survival decider. Will opened with an ace, and we never really looked back, sealing it 10-6 when an Exeter backhand volley went long, and booking ourselves a quarterfinal tie with UCL in London this Wednesday!
The night brought a return to the kind of circles that we are used to, following a very small affair in the SU atrium. In preparation for Varsity, everyone had their best team kit on. Everyone’s favourite shandy drinker, Andy Berry was given a birthday celebration during which he was treated to some purple from each member of the men’s team’s pint, with Ollie and Hayley joining in as well. Following which, he was made to down his own pint, but this took longer than expected following the cumulative damage from all the purple prior. We also had some chat thrown at us by volleyball’s smaller circle. However, when we challenged them to down their pints, one of their social secs drank a measly quarter pint at best. I hope Cameron and Ronak finish their term without succumbing to such disgraceful behaviour. Another impressive moment was Lydia going into the circle behind us, downing her pint and tossing the cup onto a disgusted girl in the circle.
Following all the hype and promotion, on Saturday, Varsity finally arrived. We started with women’s singles and men’s doubles. With Grace, Tricia and the pair of Vlad and Lcci all claiming straight set wins, it got Warwick off to an excellent start. Following this, Andy Berry and I fell narrowly to Coventry’s big-serving second pair, giving the men all to play for in the singles. On the other hand, Hayley’s statement, double-bagel win, was a reflection of the divide between the two women’s sides, and Malina sealed Varsity for the Warwick women’s team shortly after. The women eventually romped to a 12-0 win, winning both doubles. On the men’s side, Vlad claimed an easy 6-1 6-1 victory, while Lcci won the most up and down three-setter, 1-6 6-0 6-3, putting Coventry against the ropes. Andy sealed the Varsity win in 3 sets, making my loss at the end somewhat insignificant. Overall, Warwick Tennis returned to winning ways following last year’s draws, and played our part in this year’s Varsity thumping.
Social Play went quite smoothly on Sunday, despite the change of atmosphere, as it was back outside. I’m told the freezing weather did nothing to dampen the usual excitement and enthusiasm.
All to look forward to in the next week, as the men’s seconds look to seal promotion and win Midlands 2A! They face Birmingham in this huge clash of 1st vs 2nd. All are advised to come down to Westwood at 11:30 to see the spectacle, and hopefully join in the celebrations. Following that, the women’s 1sts will take on Durham in the Trophy quarterfinals, so it’s really as important as it gets this week. Skool Dayz beckons as well, with 3 trial circles being held on the day (1 will be on Wednesday, at Pop Circle), it is an event you cannot afford to miss!
That’s all from me.