In what was perhaps the biggest weekend of the year for FXU sport, CSM performed valiantly in the Bottle Match in London and FXU Athletics broke club records and reached finals in their first BUCS Nationals in Sheffield.
Bottle Match 2017
CSM took ten different sports teams to London to face the Royal School of Mines in the annual Bottle Match over the weekend.
Friday saw CSM win three out the first five matches to take an overall lead after the first day of events. Victories for the Squash and Tennis squads gave CSM the perfect start to the Bottle Match, but this lead was quickly cancelled out as RSM responded by winning both the Golf and Badminton matches. It was a tough ask for the makeshift Badminton team – which was made up of mostly Lacrosse players! – so special mention to them.
The first day was capped off by a dominating display by CSM Netball, which resulted in a 45-10 thrashing of the RSM team and put CSM into the lead overall.
CSM began Saturday in identical fashion with a 6-0 whitewash as the Ladies Hockey team dispatched RSM with ease, however this form couldn’t continue as the Bottle Match came to a close. Defeats for the Men’s Hockey and Lacrosse teams set up a nervous final two matches for CSM.
A 1-1 draw in the Football match meant that CSM Rugby had to win the final event of the weekend to retain the Bottle. A valiant effort by the team wasn’t enough to prevent the Royal School of Mines from claiming the Bottle as they suffered a 36-19 defeat.
Regardless of the results, CSM flew the Falmouth and Exeter flag high and will take many positives from the weekend as they aim to take back the Bottle next year on home turf!
The weekend also saw another big event for university sport; the BUCS Nationals, the indoor athletics championship for British universities in Sheffield. This was the first time FXU Athletics competed in the Nationals since only forming at the start of the year and the squad held their own amongst many of the more established university athletics clubs.
Highlights include FXU Athletics President, Jamal Clarke, recording two personal and club bests in the 200m and 60m sprints running 23.30 and 7.33 respectively.
Alongside this, Adam Cox also ran a personal best in the 200m with a time of 24.76, while Adam Owen finished 5th in the 60m ambulant and Jordan Clay finished the 3,000m in 8 minutes and 56 seconds, a personal and club record.
Congratulations also go to Menna Dief, who was a quarter-finalist in Fencing, and Meg Bailey, who reached the BUCS Pole Vault final and recorded a personal and club best in the process!
In other sporting news, the CSM Badminton team (who didn’t travel to London) played a number of matches over the weekend. The CSM A team for singles (Sean Havis and Nic Batten) beat two county players in Chris Glasson and Kellen Moore to secure a much needed win. While both players lost to Chris, they beat Kellen, before winning the final doubles match 21-16, 22-20.
The CSM Singles B team (Matt Littleales and Alex Shaw) also saw a close fought win over the CSM Singles C team (Mike Pope and Graham Birch). Finally, the CSM Mens B (Graham Birch, Lewis Ransom, Callum Slade, and Bevan Wray) defeated Mounts Bay C with a 4-2 win, with Bevan Wray winning all 3 of his matches despite not being able to train this term.
In football, the FXU Sunday League rivalry between FX Union and Tremough FC heated up as both teams thrashed the opposition to climb to joint-top of the Cornwall Sunday League. FX Union defeated Shortlanesend 7-1, just a week after Tremough’s 4-1 victory over the same side. Tremough, playing Bodmin-based team Union (FXU’s opponent’s last week), secured a 5-1 away win with two goals from Charlie Clarke and a hat-trick for Ross Symonds!
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