With all the excitement from Christmas and the New Year dying down, it’s time to look back at Term 1 and forward towards the next term and all that it holds in store for the UWMHC.
October got us going with a big intake of freshers from the sports fair, swelling the club up to over 80 members keen to get out on the pitches and in the SU to show off their silky skills and fill in the gaps left by the Magmen who left last year. Unfortunately, the taster session didn’t exactly pan out as expected, as after a comprehensive warm up from Kali we were sent away from the pitches. Despite this minor setback, plenty of freshers turned up to our first social of the year and after half a circle from social secretary Kenji Kinoshita, our second social sec Tom Metcalf (Patches) introduced himself to the freshers who had foolishly befriended him… Wednesday nights have continued in this fashion, with Kenji and Patches proving why they were chosen by the club.
Back on the pitches, all four teams didn’t get off to the best of starts, dropping points in both BUCS and MRHA leagues early on. As we progressed deeper into the term the effort being put in by all the magmen started to pay off, with good results being returned to Fortress Westwood. The MRHA leagues have seen better results generally than BUCS games, with a 12 point Saturday leaving all 4 teams sitting safely in the middle of their respective MRHA league tables.
The 1st XI has been under the direction of Patrick Davis, who has led the side from strength to strength, as they sit in second in BUCS Midlands 2B having won 4 out of 6 games so far, behind Cambridge 1st XI who are yet to drop a point and look likely to be going up at the end of this season. The team are also the side left representing Warwick in the Conference cup, having picked up 38 goals in the two matches played. MRHA West Midlands Prem has seen a less resilient set of performances, as the team sits in 6th behind some sides that are very tough to beat. The middle weeks of term saw the best results from the side, with a streak of 10 matches without loss, a feat Warwick’s 1st XI will be look to replicate in term 2.
Team Chirps, as they are lovingly known by Captain David Dougall, haven’t fared quite as well, with a few unlucky results leaving the side sitting in the middle of both leagues in 3rd in their BUCS Midlands 3B league. Despite being a side that could challenge the top teams (their latest BUCS result being a draw with top of the league Leicester 1s), the habit of making things hard for themselves has not be trained out of the side, as games that perhaps should have been won have left the Chirps missing points that they will have to earn back this term. In the MRHA Midlands 1 league the side sit in 6th after a mixed bag of results not dissimilar to the 1st XI, and if they can convert games against the lower teams and keep competing then the Chirps could finish in a strong position.
After a rocky pre-season for the 3rd XI without a captain, unfortunately things have carried on in the same fashion under the Captaincy of Tom Holme. Playing in a league with 3 1st XI sides has left the side still looking for a win in BUCS Midlands 3A, as the 3rd XI have struggled with players being juggled around the club, especially the freshers who have been climbing up and down the rungs of the UWMHC. The story has been similar but no so bleak in MRHA East Midlands Premier, with 3 wins and 3 draws leaving the side sitting 6th in the table. A strong second half of the season could see the magmen drive up the table, but challenging for promotion may be a leap too far.
Tom Bayley had easily the best start to the year out of all the teams, leading his 4th XI to 3 wins out of their first 4 games. However trying to share games between the abundance of freshers who inhabit the top pitch has took its toll on the results during the middle of term 1, with 5 losses denting the 4th XI’s confidence. However, a strong finish to the term in the same manner as the start could see the 4th XI rise up from their safe positions to challenge the top teams in both BUCS and MRHA.
Off the pitches the magnificent men have once again been dominating campus, with Wednesday socials being attended fully and complemented by several off campus socials organised by our ever busy social secs who have been introducing new games as well as keeping the traditions passed down each year alive. The Christmas break saw the boys take a little trip down to Cardiff for Domestic Tour, which was sold out within minutes, and enjoy themselves frolicking around the city. Back at the SU, CMD held their (now annual) Warwick Dance for Sport Relief competition, which saw some innovative dances coming from the competitors. As good (or otherwise) as they were, no-one could match the silky moves produced by the UWMHC, who for the 3rd time in its history won the trophy!
More importantly, our charity work has continued this year, with all proceeds being split between the Alzheimer’s Society and PAPYRUS, both worthy and relevant causes. Term 1 saw a Talent Show with the Ladies club, which raised over £370 and helped the freshers to express themselves. Over the coming term and into term 3 there will be more fundraising events, with the annual Charity Tournament to look forward to, as well as events such as the Stratford (Shakespeare) Half Marathon and Tough Mudder, which we hope to get involved in this year.