Posted on 15/01/2013
ASD13, The Sixth annual competition, pitting current students against alumni started with a chilly winter’s morning on 12th Jan 2013. After last year’s Alumni victory there was a real sense of competition ahead, with the students keen to avenge this defeat. The students got there ahead of time to train, plan and prepare for the challenge of taking back the Hancock Cup.
There was something for everyone this year with reunion matches in Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee& Squash as well as a Netball fun day, however most participants had their eyes on one thing and one thing only, the Hancock Cup fixtures. The first match saw the Men’s Alumni Basketball team narrowly scrape a win with a result of 64– 61. The first set of outdoor fixtures squared up the competition with two Student victories in Lacrosse and Men’s Football and an Alumni win in Women’s Rugby, an amazing score of 53 – 10 in this match indicating more greatness was to come.
Fixtures continued to go one way and then the other, the students dominated with successes in Women’s football, Women’s basketball and Netball whilst the Alumni celebrated their triumph in Football, Rugby and American Football. Going into the final two fixtures of the day it was neck and neck so it all came down to Badminton& Fencing, both of which were scheduled to finish by 8pm. Right on time the result for Mixed Badminton came in, with the Students working hard to reclaim the title with a win over the Alumni .
By 8:30 only one result remained, Fencing, the deciding fixture. A Student win would mean they would walk away with the Hancock Cup, defeat for them would mean a draw on the day and the Alumni stubbornly holding on to the silverware won from last year. The judges counted and re-counted before announcing a 3-2 victory for the students over the Alumni. The students had reclaimed the Cup! Ian Stewart (2012/13 Vice President of Student Activities) was presented with the cup by Dr. Richard Hancock who was thrilled to be back for another year. After many “Deano” chants and lots of heckling Dr. Hancock stated that he enjoyed that it was “becoming areal competition”. Can the Alumni take it back next year? Or will the students reign supreme for a second year running? Join us in 2014 to find out.