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January 2013 - Le Nurb

SPORT

BRUNEL BURNING, SOUTHAMPTON ON FIRE RYAN O’DONOVAN

From Cover... True to its name, the event was challenging, but we had a brilliant team who helped keep each others’ spirits high for the whole 9 days. Ask any member of the group and they’ll say that, above all, they had loads of fun and met some amazing people. We also gained insight into how the local community lives, and it was eye-opening to learn how different their lives are to ours. I’d like to say a massive congratulations to the whole team for all their hard work and perseverance – and to Childreach International for giving us a trip of a lifetime, one which I will never forget. Next year I’ll be taking part in another adventure organised by Childreach International, leading a team on a cycling expedition from Vietnam to Cambodia, where we’ll experience the rich history of Southeast Asia on two wheels. If you’re interested in signing up to a Challenge Event, email infomeeting@childreach.org.uk or visit www.childreach.org.uk/getinvolved/challenge-events.

From Cover... some training before jumping alone. There are two courses on offer to get into the sport. Progression can be as much or as little as you choose (or can afford), but both require a day of training on the ground. After this, however, you are likely to be jumping the same afternoon. The sport is, unfortunately, limited by the weather, so there is often a lot of chilling out, catching up on work and eating junk food. We try to do a few camping trips over the year in tents and just have a blast getting to know people both from our club and other Universities. If you’re afraid of heights (or generally just jumping out of planes), we try to organize some indoor trips, where we can train in wind tunnels. So, come and have a go! If you’re ready to push yourself out of your comfort zone, get in touch! Photo Credits: Josh Rex

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n Arland Craik lastminute touchdown wasn’t enough for a Brunel Burners comeback. They slipped to an 18-12 loss to the Southampton Solent Redhawks on Sunday. The defeat was Brunel’s second on the south coast this season and sees them end the year with a record of 1-2. Brunel had an odd start to the game after conceding three consecutive fouls for false starts, which saw them placed on their own five-yard line. But the next play saw the ball tossed to running back Orion Modebe, who ran 90 yards for the first touchdown of the game. Things seemed to be getting better for the Burners, when Joseph Cahill picked off the Solent quarterback’s pass for his first interception of the day. Southampton Solent then got themselves onto the scoreboard, leveling at 6-6 before Brunel’s quarterback Carlos Calles being sacked at the end of the first quarter.

Ivo Ruben Santos and Kido Diai then sought revenge on Solent’s quarterback, both sacking him in the second quarter. The game soon became a scrappy affair, with Calles seeing his first of two passes intercepted. The Redhawks came out fighting for the second half. Firstly, by sacking the Brunel quarterback and then by scoring another touchdown which put them six points ahead. Calles then found his rhythm, rushing for 30-yards by the end of the third. Things got worse for Brunel when Modebe hobbled off the pitch after being tackled heavily by the Solent defence. Southampton then finished the third quarter as they started; sacking the Burners’ quarterback for the third time. The fourth quarter welcomed another touchdown – unfortunately it was for the Redhawks and made the score 18-6. Brunel thought that they had added to the score line when they went over into the end zone,

Above: Burners take on Southampton

but the play was brought back for a foul earlier in the game. Calles was then sacked and intercepted before he found Craik with a superb pass into the end zone. This gave Brunel a glimmer of hope at staying in the game.

Head coach Jon Goddard said, “Losses like that are hard to take. The game was more than in our control and we threw it away.Personally I don't want to lose a game like that again and will be doing all I can over Christmas to make sure we don't.”

However, the onside kick from the special teams unit was recovered by Solent who took a knee to see the game out and inflict defeat on Brunel.

Brunel now head into 2013 in ninth place, with their next game scheduled for January 27th against the Reading Knights at home.

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