A great week for CCCU’s sports teams, but who wins UNIfied’s, as well as the Sports Presidents Team of the Week?
UNIfied’s Team of the Week
The Men’s Lacrosse team’s win over UCL was not only a hammering 11-1, but meant that they have won their last five games!
Captain Harvey Veasy told us they played hard until the very end.
“In sport I believe that the game is never won until the final whistle is blown. However, after starting the game so strongly, finishing the 1st quarter 4-0 up, I believed that from that point on, Christ Church had a strong grip on the game. Additionally, we had a solid momentum which is always hard to stop throughout the remaining quarters!”
“It’s a massive cliche but practice does make perfect.”
“I know it’s a massive cliché but practice does make perfect. We train twice a week up at polo farm. Due to the nature of lacrosse and how inexperienced our players are at the start of the season, training regularly is absolutely vital. I’m extremely happy with the commitment and the effort the chaps are putting in, we are getting great numbers for training each week. The hard work we put in at training is definitely paying off on the pitch so far this year!
“Early in the game, Veasy realised they could profit from the counter attack. We knew going into the game potentially how important fast breaks could be, as we’ve been utilising them throughout the season to great effect. We realised very early on within the 1st quarter that due to their defence struggling to organise themselves quickly and efficiently, fast breaks had the potential to create us scoring opportunities. We capitalised on this opportunity extremely quickly, scoring our first two goals from fast breaks. Knowing how effective they were, we continued to use them to great effect throughout the game.”
Star performers: Giorgio Michael and Kynan Oliver
The captain said: “Firstly I was extremely pleased with how everyone in the squad performed in the game. Due to lacrosse being so fast paced and physical, every member of the squad is needed. The victory required everyone to perform, so picking a standout is difficult. However, there were two performances who stood out in my mind against UCL. First was our attackman Giorgio Michael who produced another scintillating attacking performance by scoring 7 goals. It wasn’t the fact he scored 7, it was the manner and the quality of the goals in which he scored.”
The captain added: “The second standout performance came from a Fresher Kynan Oliver, who joined lacrosse this year, playing the sport for the first time. Due to his size and strength Kynan was quickly recognised as a potential defensive player. He’s made the switch from midfield to defence with relative ease, securing a starting spot in every game this season.”
We learnt a great deal from this game. Firstly, we learnt that we are a very dangerous team from anywhere on the pitch. Due to having fast runners with explosive power within our midfield, it isn’t long until we’re attacking from any position on the field. In addition, we understood how we can dictate games with our quick and accurate passing, as controlled possession is very important in most sports, especially lacrosse. Lastly, we learnt that however we play we will match any opponent physically throughout the whole 80 minutes, whether it’s the 1st or last minute our physicality and high fitness levels are evidently clear.”
The team currently five wins under their belt and are hoping to go the whole season unbeaten.
“I believe that we can continue our unbeaten run in the league right until the back end of the season.“
“We’ve now beaten every team in our league from the first round of fixtures. I believe that we can continue our unbeaten run in the league right until the back end of the season. Of course, that’s a long way off as yet, but I have complete confidence in my team to continue this streak for as long as possible. This does not mean we will become complacent though, as we will enter every game this season with the mind set that we must be at 100% to even compete, let alone win.”
Their next game is away to Portsmouth on 21/11/18 at 2pm.
Sports President’s Team of the Week
We asked Chloe Woolaway, CCSU Sports President, who her team of the week was and here’s what she said…
“My Team of the Week this week is the Swimming Team!”
“I’m very proud of all of them and they fully deserve to be my TOTW!”
“After making the trek to Sheffield at the weekend the swim team came back with eight Personal Bests and beat UKC in six events! I’m very proud of all of them and they fully deserve to be my TOTW!”
To find out how our other sports teams did, read our weekly BUCS round-up, here.