Meet the Teams: Part 2

Introducing rowing, hockey and American football


In Part 2 of our Sports Guide, we check out Bristol’s rowing, hockey, and American football teams


Varsity Rowing

Men’s Captain: Sam Browning

Women’s Captain: Jenna Scobie

The lowdown: Don’t worry if you’re not an experienced rower: the club runs four different teams for varying ability levels: the men’s seniors, the women’s seniors, men’s novices and women’s novices, all of which are based at the Saltford Boat Club, located between Bath and Bristol.

This year the rowers will be eager to take revenge on their rivals, UWE, after their defeat in the Varsity contest. In a tense encounter, UWE managed to take three of five races to win the coveted Varsity Blade.

And the socials? With a good reputation for social life, the rowing society is one to join if you fancy yourself as the next Sir Steve Redgrave.


The Hockey girls

Men’s Captain: Richard Elston

Women’s Captain: Alice Webb

The lowdown: This society has a proven track record: both the men and women’s first teams are competing in the BUCS top tier and the men only just missed out on securing promotion to the National League last year.

And the socials? The Hockey club claims to be the most ‘socially active club’ in the University, with events taking place on a Wednesday, so if you’re a sportsman who likes to party, don’t miss out!

American Football

Bristol Barracuda in their Charity Liftathon

Captain: Sam Farley

The lowdown: This season the Bristol Barracuda will be hoping to gain the upper hand over the UWE Bullets, who trounced them 26-6 in the Varsity fixture last year.

Last season the Cuda secured an 8th placed finish in the BUCS American Football Western League and will be hoping to challenge for a play-off spot.

Captain, Sam Farley, told the club’s website that “if we recruit well and stay injury free we have a great chance of play-off football. We’ll be looking to make Bristol a fortress again, and win all our games on the road”.

And the socials? Farley says, “The team is known to train hard, play hard. We encourage variety with our socials, through different events like photo challenges or kangaroo court, some of which have become part of Cuda folklore.

“We also go on socials with the University’s cheerleading squad, the Bristol Jets, these socials are always popular and help to maintain the strong links between the two teams”.

Bristol Barracuda participate in an annual charity ‘Liftathon’ and raised over £1000 this year for Right to Play UK.

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