Team:Keele Results – 28th February

Team:Keele Results – 28th February
In a week where the snow had a massive impact upon a lot of Team:Keele’s fixtures, there were some strong performances and an incredible semi-final win for Men’s Football 2s!

Badminton Men’s 2s 

The 2nds had their last home game on Wednesday against Manchester and unfortunately our winning streak at home came to an end.

Michael Chung and Iqtadar Shah played absolutely insane, and managed to win both of their doubles games, taking them in 3. If they didn’t have their names on the back of their shirts, one may have mistaken them for Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei.

Myself and Alex Kemp had two good games, although we lost both there were many positives.
Jordan James Raymond played fantastically on singles but lost both of his games, bringing one to 3.

Big up Dinesh Kumar for his BUCS team debut. He played singles extremely well and scored good results even though he lost.

Overall we lost 6-2, but a massive thank you to the guys and everyone else who came down to support.

Viet Nguyen (2nd team captain)

Men’s Football 2s

Keele MFC 2’s faced off with York St Johns 4’s in the Semi Final of the BUCS Northern Conference Plate, in snowy conditions at the Keele all weather pitch.

The first half was a cagey affair, as neither side could break the deadlock. The away side did notch 15 minutes into the second half, however this was short lived as the hosts pulled one back within the next 10 minutes through a looping header from Chris Durose.

Keele would go on to take the lead shortly after equalising, after Adam Fall found the bottom corner from just inside the area.

The home side secured their ticket to the final in the last minute of the game, as Ismail fired home into the bottom right corner, followed by mass celebrations with the onrushing fans.

Joe Gaisford (2nd team captain)

Football in the snow
Fencing Men’s 1st

Wednesday saw the return of Lancaster to Keele, this time in the form of their 1st team to contest the Northern Conference Cup semi-final.

Foil: 40 – 45
Sabre: 26 – 45
Epee: 34 – 45
Overall: Keele 1s 100 vs 135 Lancs 1s

A valiant days fencing against a different class of opponent, credit to Luke Home for his epee, but undoubtedly the man of the match goes to Josiah Haslam for a top effort and a +13 indicator in his first foil bout.

Chris Hendry (Men’s team captain)

Badminton Men’s 1st

So, Wednesday saw the Men’s 1st team play their final home league game of the season, a tough match against MMU (who beat us 6-2 the week prior)… we came into the match knowing that a win would all but secure our place in the middle of division 2A, a phenomenal feat to say the least!

We started off strong, with Tom Appleyard pummelling his first opponent to 4 and 6, with the other guy standing no chance at all! At the same time, myself and Ollie Bowry took on their second doubles. Unfortunately the same could not be said about myself and Ollie’s game, as we were beat in two straight games…

Then stepped up Ol’ reliable, Mr consistent, Rohan Weekes. He brushed off his opponent with ease (when I say with ease, he did the normal Rohan or running and getting absolutely everything back, even if it shouldn’t be), winning his game in two straight sets! Tom Chambaud and Greg Young then took to the field, where they played the first seed, who smashed Rohan and Ollie last week… The two did amazingly, taking the pair to three games! Unfortunately they lost in the 3rd, which meant at the halfway stage we were drawing 2-2!

It’s amazing how similar the second half mirrored that of the first, as both Tom and Rohan won both their singles comfortably, myself and Ollie lost the doubles (a much closer game this time) and Tom and Greg lost in 3!

Had it been a cup game we would have gone through on game difference, however as it’s league we finished with a 4-4 draw, maintaining our 4th place position in the league with one game left!

Thanks everyone who came to watch today, next home match is against Staffs, so hope to see everyone and more then!!!

George Pettitt (1st team captain)

Women’s Badminton 1st

Wednesday was the girls last match of the season! We were up against University of Liverpool, by far our toughest match of the year.

Emily and Hannah were up on singles both putting up a BRILLIANT fight, but the both of them sadly lost both of their games.

Emma and Margarida played amazingly, losing their first game in 3 sets and winning their second game in 2!!

Finally, Brooke and Chandana, played so so well, put up a fight and game away with 2 wins in their games!!!!

This meant that overall, we lost 5-3. The whole season it has been neck an neck between us and Liverpool at the top of the league, so we always knew this was going to be the toughest match of the season. The girls all did brilliantly to come away with this result and I couldn’t be prouder of them.

As this was the last match of the season and due to unforeseen circumstances meaning we have no women’s varsity this year, this was my final act as women’s captain this year.

I’d like to thank all the girls in the squad this year as you’ve made my job super easy and enjoyable. Also a HUGE thank you to Emma, who has been massively helping me out this semester as I’ve been on back to back placements I haven’t been able to make any of the matches. Emma has been doing my job for me and it’s made things so much easier and I’m grateful that she’s been able to do this for me.

Thanks to everyone for their support this season and see you all soon!

Kirsty Sharples (1st team captain)