Posted on 22/01/2014
Despite the ominous weather forecasts and the biblicalfloods affecting the Thames Valley area ASD14 went ahead in glorious sunshine!Many thanks have to go to Gary Norwood (Head Grounds Man) for preparing afantastic playing surface down at Nobles and also to lady luck for keeping therain away!
Students and Alumni alike descend onto campus bright andearly for Volleyball which was the first fixture of the day. The Alumni proved that youth was no match forexperience as they struck the first blow beating a weakened student side (0-3).The Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams hit back with a swift riposte winningclose fought encounters. This year saw the first ever Alumni Tennis side beingassembled, it also saw the use of the picturesque Founders Dining Hall, whichis more used to seeing famous actors from the likes of Dowton Abby than it isfencers.
The Women’s Rugby old girls won (31-22) the next scalp forAlumni as they won a fixture which epitomised notion of there being no suchthing as a friendly game of rugby union. The Alumni men’s football teams leadby the Alumni Captain of the day Victor Garcia (Vice President StudentActivities – 2010/11), were not as successful losing to the students 3-1 and2-1 respectively.
The Alumni Squash and Fencing teams pulled back a few pointsfor the Alumni, but the combination of a draw in the American football fixtureand the students winning heavily in the netball games, meant the race for the Hancock cup went downto the final few fixtures. Men’s Rugbyhad a convincing win against a larger and more experienced Alumni XI, whichleft it all down to the badminton, with a win for either side to deciding thefate of the Hancock cup for another year…
Once the final results were in, students and Alumni alikegathered in the Stumble Inn to hear the results…. The students had retained theHancock cup! Ian Steward (Vice president Student activities 2013/14) waspresented with the Hancock cup for the second time by Dr Richard Hancock, whowas overjoyed by the prospect of ASD15 being hosted on the new facilities.