THE GRIFFINS CLUB It has been another busy sporting year at Homerton College. Here is a brief overview of the year so far… The women’s football team have had a fantastic season up to now and look to end the season in a similar fashion with both the league and Cuppers titles well within their grasp. HCWFC beat Pembroke 9–0 to enter the semi-finals of Cuppers and then SelwynRobinson 1–0 to reach the final, which is to be played in March against Jesus College. They are currently also undefeated in the league and look to continue in that fashion and hopefully take the title. The team has been playing fantastic football, and teamwork has been the real key to making this one of the best football years for Homerton College. The netball team has managed to keep their place in Division 2 (of 4), and are currently 7th of the 9 teams in this division. In cuppers they came 3rd in their box of 7 so unfortunately just missed out on the quarterfinals. HCNC was also voted the ‘Team of the Season’ by their division last academic year (‘07–‘08) for high spirits and good sportsmanship. The women’s rugby team are enjoying another successful year, having topped the league table at one point, and have enjoyed some good victories – a highlight being a victory over the Medics. With 7s still to come, spirits are high within the squad. For ladies’ badminton, the first team was promoted to the 1st division (of 5) last term and is now in third position out of seven, with 4 games left to play this term. The seconds were also promoted last term, so are now in the 4th division (of 5) and are currently leading that division. Men’s hockey have had a somewhat disrupted season thanks to the recent severe weather,
Ladies’ Badminton Team
but achieved a couple of good results in Michaelmas Term despite the loss of a couple of key players from last year. Ladies’ hockey have unfortunately not been able to get a team out by themselves, but have forged a successful partnership with Caius. This season has been one of ups and downs for the Men’s Football first team. It started really well with a five game winning streak. A couple of bad results subsequently means they probably won’t get promoted but nevertheless will finish high up the table. They have also reached the quarterfinals of the cup, knocking out a team from division one on the way. The annual match between College and the Leyton Orient Supporters’ Club is next term, bringing a chance for silverware and a match at the Brisbane Road stadium. The second team will finish mid-table and also had a good cup run. The third team are also mid-table, and the fourth team are pushing for promotion. All in all it has been a good season for HCFC, and it is encouraging to still have enough players to keep four teams running. The Men’s Rugby team have endured a frustrating season. A good win against Emma and a terrific performance to lose by just 3 points against Girton, who topped the table, have been interspersed with some mediocre performances against other teams in the league and a plethora of injuries. Having lost in the first round of Cuppers, the team are now into the Shield. With the majority of the squad in the first and second years, however, the outlook is very positive for the future of Homerton Rugby. The Men’s Cricket team enjoyed a fairly successful year last year, progressing well in Cuppers and the League. Solid batting
Women’s Football Team
from Leo Buscombe and impressive bowling from Matt Thomas steered the team towards some good performances both at the crease and in the field. Men’s badminton and Men’s basketball (merged with Pembroke) are still also competing strongly, and have had some good results over the year. Finally, a special mention must go to those who have represented the university over the last year. Briony Jones played varsity women’s basketball and cricket; Charlotte Brearley is winning her Blue for hockey, and Chloe Davies also played for the second team; Helen Bellfield is playing varsity rugby, played football seconds and played cricket; Seb Dunnett played varsity rugby Colleges XV, and Luke Aylward played varsity Under21s Rugby; Leo Buscombe played Varsity Crusaders (second team cricket). That’s all from the Homerton Griffins for now. Feel free to email hus-griffins@ homerton.cam.ac.uk for more information!
Luke Aylward Homerton College Griffins President 2008–09 HCRFC Captain 2008–2009
Griffins Presentation Evening 2009
Published on Apr 30, 2009