Over 50 students from Richard Huish College represented the South-West in the AOC Sport National Championships held at the University of Nottingham over the weekend of the 14th to 16th April, competing in Basketball, Cross Country, Hockey, and Volleyball. A weekend of twists and turns concluded in great success for the group of Huish students.

First up, the Men’s Basketball team pulled off a double win, with a 30-15 victory against Moulton College and a 28-26 victory against Xaverian College. Friday also saw the Huish Men’s and Women’s Volleyball teams battle in some closely fought matchups but ultimately coming up short in their games.
Day 2 saw the busiest day of games for the weekend with the Huish Men’s Basketball team scoring decisive victories against The College of Haringey (18-10), Cardiff and Vale (26-16), and Oaklands College (29-26).
The Huish Women’s Basketball team also saw action with dominating games against Holy Cross College (21-15) and New College, Pontefract (12-4), and a closely fought win against WQE College (16-15), and a loss to a very strong Peter Symonds College (8-25).

Huish Mixed Hockey team performed brilliantly against some very stiff competition, which was evident from the range of results from their fixtures. They started with a great performance against Hereford College (4-0), before facing more challenging matchups against Peter Symonds College (0-4) and Greenhead College (1-3), returning to a winning performance against Cardinal Newman College (3-2) and again meeting the toughness of Hills Road 6th Form (1-3).

Elsewhere, taking part in the Cross Country, Huish was represented by Izzy Coy, who placed 23rd in the Women’s event, and by Dan Fisher and Owen Andrews, who placed 4th and 50th respectively in the Men’s event. All three represented the South-West team, who overall placed third in the event.

The last day featured the final fixtures for the Basketball teams. The Women’s team pulled off a double win against formidable opponents Birmingham MET (14-7) and Hills Road 6th Form (18-10), whilst the Men battled The College of Haringey for a second time in the final, this time with Haringey taking the win (10-14) in a hotly contested game.

At the conclusion of the weekend’s events, Huish very proudly achieved silver medals in Cross Country for athletes Dan and Owen, silver medals in Women’s and Men’s Basketball and narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the Mixed Hockey after it was decided by goal difference following a three-way tie.
Mike Ryan, Sports Development Officer at Huish shared “All Huish students representing the South-West did a fantastic job and upheld our Huish Values throughout the competition”.