Our Archers made the short trip across the bridge to face our opponent’s Bath in this year’s Varsity. Once again, it seems that Bath get all the good weather with it again being the hottest day of the year, pretty different to last year’s soggy encounter at Fortress Cyncoed!
First blood drawn of the day when to Cardiff Met, with our Women’s Rugby team recording a convincing 26 – 49 win over Bath, which included a brace of tries from SU Sport Scholar – Daisie Mayes. Next up our attention turned to our Men’s Badminton team who were competing in their first ever Varsity. The guys fought well against a tough Bath team, and unfortunately lost 7-1. A score that by no means reflects the game.
It was another first for our Mixed Wheelchair Basketball team, who were alongside Waterpolo, Badminton & Volleyball competition in their first ever Varsity. A tight score of 28-19 with the hosts taking the win. Fantastic to have been able to showcase this sport this year! Next up, we ventured back outside to see how our Hockey teams were getting on. In previous year’s I think it’s fair to say that we’ve been on the wrong side of some pretty tough games, against opposition who are two leagues above us! Nevertheless, this year our Archer’s came out fighting and gave Bath a much closer game. Final scores 3-0 to Bath Women’s Hockey, after they found a late third goal – a hugely improved scoreline compared to previous years! Our guys eventually lost 4 -1 against another strong Bath opportunity, however I think it’s fair to say that our guys were by no means outplayed and the scoreline somewhat flattered our Varsity rivals.
Back to Founder’s Hall, where our Women’s Basketball team were ready to go to battle. The Archers got off to a strong start and led Bath by 12 at halftime, after numerous scores by Merissa Quick; another SU Sport Scholar. Bath narrowed the Archers lead, to claim the losing bonus point however the Archers were too strong, and took the win 76 – 45 – our second win of the day. Close encounter for our Men’s Basketball, with the lead changing sides many times. The final score of 78 – 69 flattered Bath, with our rivals scoring some baskets late on. Nevertheless, a losing bonus point secured by our guys to add to overall Varsity score.
Over to the pool next to see Varsity debuts from our Waterpolo team. Bath finished top in their domestic league this year, with the Archers losing 26 – 0 to them in BUCS. The Archers made an instant splash, and took the lead. Bath however struck back and pulled away to eventually win 22 – 9. A huge improvement from our domestic result against Bath this year, and again fantastic to see Waterpolo included in Varsity this year.
Back to the field for our Men’s Rugby game – a much changed team from our heart-breaking loss against Hartbury the previous week, with many Fresher given opportunities to make an impact. As always a huge crowd turned out to see this game, with many a questionable fancy dress on show – obviously not from Cardiff Met right! After leading convincing for most of the game, our Archers eventually lost to Bath 43 – 40. A tough loss to take after having led for most of the game, however a fantastic learning experience for all involved I’m sure.
Mixed Volleyball showed some promise in their first Varsity also. With the University only running a Women’s team this year, it was great to see some of the guys drafted in from other sports to be able to enter the team into this year’s Varsity. Met fought well, and piled the pressure on Bath saving many match points, with some pretty huge blocks. Final score 2 – 0 to Bath. Tough day at the office for our Netballers, who went up against a well-structured Bath team. A valiant effort from the team, who missed out on that losing bonus by just a couple of goals.
Our Women’s Football took an early lead however, Bath pulled a goal back to take it to 1-1 late into the second half. Despite our Archer’s efforts, it was Bath who secured that all important second goal to secure the win with minutes left to be played. BUCS Champions Cardiff Met FC were up next, and a similar situation to our Men’s Rugby gave opportunities to our younger Archers and fielded a much changed team. Another win secured, with the Archers running our 2 – 1 winners on this occasion.
A fantastic day had by all and Archers you were a credit to the Cardiff Met! Unfortuanetly we’re still searching for our first Varsity win. However next year’s event will be at home in Cardiff and we look forward to welcoming Bath back to Cyncoed.