This week’s round-up includes a huge win for our Men’s Hockey team, and outstanding individual performances from Badminton and Cycling.
CSM Men’s Hockey: Cornwall Cup
CSM Men’s Hockey team became the first ever university hockey team to win the Cornwall Cup, a 60-year-old competition.
Having qualified from their group, they played Truro A-team and then Duchy 1st XI in the quarter and semi-finals respectively, with both teams being in the league above them as well as being previous winners of the Cornwall Cup. Both were very tense, tough games; we drew 4-4 with Truro eventually winning on a penalty-shuffle shoot out, and then a 3-2 win over Duchy with the winning goal coming in the last two minutes.
The final was against Bodmin, who also play in the league above, hosted at Penzance Hockey Club.
The team had a strong start, playing some of their best hockey of the season, taking the lead with a well worked team goal through Will Cutler selflessly passing around the keeper for Seb Gibbs to score a tap in. A couple of minutes later Ed Sonnex scored a superb solo goal from the edge of the ‘d’ before Chris Mears scored his first goal for the team off a short corner rebound. With the score now 3-0 the boys sat deeper inviting Bodmin pressure inevitably resulting in them pulling a goal back to go in to half time at 3-1.
The second half saw Bodmin attempt to level out the game, but CSM’s pressure on Bomin’s defence resulted in another well worked goal from Cutler to make it 4-2, before 10 minutes later another short corner routine allowed Sonnex to also score his second, and the game’s final goal of the game. With the score now 5-2 and a 3-goal cushion restored, CSM allowed Bodmin to hold on to the ball whilst keeping tight at the back to see out the game and be not just the first CSM team, but also the first university side to lift the trophy.
Final Score: 5-2
Goal Scorers: Ed Sonnex (2), Seb Gibbs (2), Chris Mears
Man of the Match: Will Fortescue
CSM Badminton: Exeter Bronze
Several individuals from CSM’s Badminton team entered the Exeter Bronze tournament, coming away with impressive results.
In Ladies Doubles, Amy Cox and her partner played two strong games winning their first with an impressive end score of 21-11, 21-16. The pair continued to show a strong performance throughout their later rallies against the tournament’s number one seeds, and displaying determination and tactful playing throughout, coming away with a loss of 12-21, 11-21.
Sean Havis and Nic Batten played together in Men’s Doubles, winning each of their first two games to an intense three sets; 22-20, 18-21, 22-20 and 25-23, 13-21, 26-24. After an enduring first two games, they demonstrated stamina and impressive team work to win their final third game in two straight sets 22-20, 21-18.
Two students, Kieran Watts and Luke Lear, had a successful time competing at the BUCS Cycling 10TT. They competed in Oxford last weekend where Luke recorded a competitive time of 21:59 and Kieran came away with
25:34, a great performance in his first ever competition. Both did extremely well and are now in training for the 25TT.