UCLU Men’s Basketball dominate Interclub Netball

16 teams competed in 4 groups this year, hoping to steal UCLU Dodgeball’s title of reigning champions.

basketball Charity fancy dress netball rugby

Friday 15th of November, 6pm
Weather: Icy cold, but miraculously no snow
Fancy Dress Theme: Tube stations

Group 1 – Cycling, Snowsports 1, Women’s Rugby 2, Dodgeball

Dodgeball began strongly with a 5-0 win against Women’s Rugby (aided by a few netballers) and a close win against Cycling. Cycling produced some great netball and beat Women’s Rugby, but drew against Snowsports after a closely contested match. Snowsports climbed up the tables with a victory over Women’s Rugby. The deciding game was between Dodgeball and Snowsports; could Snowsports knock out the defending champions or could Dodgeball get the draw they needed to progress to the semis? Snowsports eventually smashed it – a 6-0 victory took them through to the next round to face Basketball.

Edgy Snowsports player does a little dance to warm up in the cold.

Edgy Snowsports player does a little dance to warm up in the cold.

 

Group 2 – Basketball, Snowsports 2, Men’s Lacrosse, Squash

Basketball won by forfeit in their first game against Squash, who didn’t turn up. Men’s Lacrosse donned their Banana suits (they grow bananas at Kew Gardens, so technically they were a tube station) to take on Snowsports 2, and a very close game resulted in a 1-0 win. Basketball managed to smash Lacrosse’s hopes of a clean sheet by defeating them 2-0. Lacrosse secured another win, but only because Squash were still nowhere to be seen. Basketball continued to dominate with a 4-0 win over Snowsports 2 and sealed their position at the top.

Hipsters emerge from charity shops and underground bars to play Netball.

Hipsters emerge from charity shops and underground bars to play Netball.

 

Group 3 – Women’s Hockey, Men’s Hockey, Social Netball, Women’s Rugby 1

Hockey dominated the group with wins over Women’s Rugby and Social Netball from both Women’s and Men’s teams. Women’s Rugby finally won against Social Netball – it was a tough game with a 1-0 result. The Hockey teams faced off in the deciding game, with the Women’s dressed as the Men’s President Chris ‘Baker’ and the Men’s sporting green attire. It was an entertaining game which ended with a 0-0 draw.

 

Women's Rugby tries out this non-contact form of defence

Women’s Rugby tries out this non-contact form of defence

 

Group 4 – Men’s Rugby, Men’s Football. Old Girls, Engineers Without Borders

Men’s Football kicked off their campaign well with a victory over Men’s Rugby but were narrowly defeated by the Old Girls in one of the best matches of the day. Men’s Rugby came back from their defeat to win 2-0 against the Engineers, who then produced a draw against Men’s Football. The Old Girls showed the boys how it’s done and produced a 3-0 victory over Men’s Rugby and a 4-0 win over the Engineers to finish top of the group.

Men's Rugby and Men's Football looking very dashing in the tight-fit bibs.

Men’s Rugby and Men’s Football looking very dashing in the tight-fit bibs.

 

Semi Final 1- Snowsports 1 vs Men’s Basketball

From the very start Basketball had been the team to beat. Basketball started the game strong taking a 2-goal lead in the first few minutes; they had perfected the art of exploiting their height advantage and simply throwing the ball over the opposition’s heads. Snowsports fought back strongly with some excellent shooting and even managed to keep their hipster cool despite the pressure. Basketball began to edge ahead, winning by 3 goals by the final whistle.

 

Men's Basketball wear wigs to make them look even taller.

Men’s Basketball wear wigs to make them look even taller.

 

Semi Final 2 – Women’s Hockey vs Old Girls

Tying with Men’s Hockey, Women’s Hockey progressed to the semi-final with the Men’s agreement. Facing a team of undefeated ex-UCL Netballers, the game was going to be tough. Both teams made some fantastic interceptions and turnovers, and Women’s Hockey fought strongly throughout the game. But in the end, the Old Girls took the victory and progressed through to the final.

 

Ellen Bryant passionately cheers on her fellow Netball girls.

Ellen Bryant passionately cheers on her fellow Netball girls.

 

Final – Men’s Basketball vs Old Girls

This was it, the decider; would Basketball take the title or would netballers actually win the Interclub Netball for the first time ever? Basketball made some amazing passes down the court, and their goal shooter easily slotted the ball into the net. The Old Girls brought the score back to 3-2 with their knowledge of the game – they managed to work their way around the very long arms of the Basketballers. With the gold medals at stake, Basketball stepped up their game and produced some fantastic interceptions to increase their lead.

final

Everyone watches on as Men’s Basketball score another point.

Final Score: Basketball 6-3 Old Girls

 

 

Meanwhile, in order to cure their devastating losses, Men's and Women's Rugby engage in a game of touch.

Meanwhile, in order to cure their devastating losses, Men’s and Women’s Rugby engage in a game of touch.

 

Final Results

1st: Men’s Basketball

2nd: Old Girls (Netball Alumni)

3rd: Snowsports and Women’s Hockey

Group Runners Up: Men’s Hockey, Cycling, Men’s Lacrosse, Men’s Football

 

cycling

Winning fancy dress: Cycling Club as West India Quay.

 

On behalf of UCLU Netball, thank you to everyone who came along to play and those who came to spectate. Another fantastic interclub and £212.50 was raised on the evening for our chosen charity, the Mace Foundation.