November was the month of Regionals for Richard Huish College with over a hundred students in action across Women’s Football, Men’s and Women’s Rugby, Men’s Hockey, Women’s Hockey, Squash, Badminton, Tennis, Netball, Women’s Basketball and Men’s Basketball, taking on the very best from across the South West.
There were multiple highlight performances from the teams. Women’s Football came up against several high performing teams including students who have already played in the Women’s Super League. Some outstanding performances saw Huish win 3, lose 3 and draw 1 to finish in a very credible 4th position.
Huish Netball came up against some of the toughest opponents in their group to reach the semi-finals where they would play against Truro & Penwith College, a team in the league above. A fantastic performance saw the girls run out easy winners where they progressed to the final to unfortunately be knocked out. It was just as tight in the Men’s and Women’s Hockey where Huish students again went head to head with Exeter College with both finals going down to penalty flicks, but it was not to be for Huish as they unfortunately bowed out. In the Men’s and Women’s Rugby Huish fought out several close encounters before being narrowly eliminated at the final stages.
However, it was a different story in the Men’s Basketball as the Huish team achieved a comfortable win against both Exeter and Truro to secure their place in the National Championships. The Men’s team will be joining the Women’s team who have now secured their place at Nationals for the second year running and will be looking to advance on last year’s Bronze medal finish.
Jen Poole in the Badminton is another qualifier who will be looking to improve upon last year’s result and medal alongside her colleagues in the SW Badminton team. Tom Pike and Imogen Rogers also qualified with both finishing in very credible sixth positions to qualify for the National Finals, however, the ‘Performance of Regionals’ comes from Matthew Harrison who after years of not playing came back to qualify for the National Tennis Finals as part of the SW Team.
Sport Development Manager, Connor Sidley-Adams said “The AoC National Championships are a fantastic event for the students to take part in and pit their skills against some of the very best athletes in the Country. Huish has a longstanding legacy with these championships and it will be a pleasure to see the next crop of students take part and hopefully return with medals around their necks.”