Winning Wednesdays for RUNC

By Utopia Blackwood

The 2021/22 netball season has started with many ‘Winning Wednesdays’ for Reading University Netball Club (RUNC).

This year has been a bit different to previous for two teams, where both the first and second teams are competing in the EY South Eastern Tier 3 league. As a result of there have been two very hotly contested games at Sportspark this season, where the results were 42-42 and 37-34 (win to the firsts), respectively. Both teams communicated their ambition for victory, which is promising with the lead up to Varsity fast approaching.  

 All teams have so far played exceptionally well throughout all the league matches this season. The firsts are yet to be defeated! With a heavy first term, consisting of 8 fixtures, many of which were away, the team have played phenomenally. With three home games on the horizon, the team is ambitious to demonstrate their seamless talent to home crowds.  

 The seconds have also demonstrated an extreme skill level through their league matches, where they are also undefeated against the other universities in the league. With many more games, the team is pioneering for further success against the remaining teams in the league. Captain Cat King has been successful at driving the team and keeping morale high as they continue through the season.  

 The thirds are also yet to be defeated this season! With many games being rearranged in the autumn term, it means that the thirds have games back-to-back through the entire spring term. With a winning streak behind them, captain Utopia Blackwood aims to continue this and further develop the ability of the team to keep on thriving.  

All RUNC teams have also taken part in a knockout conference cup or trophy. All BUCS teams in tier 2 and below are automatically entered into knockout tournaments.  

 RUNC’s firsts have created a winning streak in the Conference Cup, where they are yet to be defeated. Captain Josie Hampson has led the team to victory over Chichester 2’s and Sussex 2’s. The squad next face King’s College 2’s, away, in the next fixture of this knockout league.  

 The second team were narrowly beaten in their opening conference cup fixture, away in Portsmouth. Due to this game being in the conference cup, there had to be a winner. This meant after a draw in every quarter, an extra 14 minutes were played for the team of 8. After a lengthy fight, a 37-33 result meant that the seconds were agonizingly knocked out of the cup.  

 The third team unfortunately lost their opening trophy match against the league above’s, Royal Holloway 2’s. Despite the opposition being in the league above, the third team were not fazed by this at all and performed well, using the game to enhance their own future performances. Sadly, the team fell short with a 28-24 loss, but by no means were disheartened with their performance.  

 RUNC also offers social netball sessions each Sunday 5-7pm. This is open to both BUCS girls and anyone else who wants to get involved and play a bit of netball. So far this year it has been a success, despite some awful weather! The social girls have always demonstrated great interest and good commitment to social training, and this has paralleled their involvement in the club’s socials!  

We are very happy to say that this year, our socials have been a great success, with more of the social girls attending as well as BUCS girls. Social secs Hannah Mace, Jess Berry and Millie Charmoy have been up to some great planning, as well as our President Holly Ryan, and Vice President Yasmin Payne, for our more traditional socials.  

 Follow the RUNC Instagram page @runetball for more information including home matches, socials and any other future events.


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