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Bexhill College Students Kick Off South East England Championships

12 November

Bexhill College Students Kick Off South East England Championships

It's been a busy start to November for the College sports academies competing in men's and women's football, cross country, cricket, tennis and badminton. All the sides have travelled to Hampshire to compete against the top sports colleges in the South East.

The football academy went unbeaten in the group stages, won the quarter finals on penalties but missed out on a spot in the final losing to a strong Worthing squad in the semi-finals. The College football academy's performance was superb, especially considering some key players were missing due to injury, including a first year student who made his Eastbourne Borough first team debut a few days before. The tournament placing put the football academy in the top four teams in Kent, Sussex and Hampshire. The women's academy didn't make it out of the group stages but played some great football and, with lots of first year students in the team, the squad is looking promising for next year's campaign.

Four students from the athletics and strength & conditioning academy took part in the south east cross country. Despite a five hour minibus journey, the students made it on time and put on a fantastic display. College student Harmony Cooper (Hastings Athletics Club) qualified for national championships to represent South East England; the placing for the boys are coming in this week and we expect Marcus Ramnarine to also qualify.

Sports Academy Manager, Adam Hurley, travelled with the team and commented,

"The students were a credit to the college. The journey to Southampton can only be described as a nightmare. We met at the college at 6.45am and didn't arrive at the venue until 12pm due to an accident. The students weren't able to walk the course or go through their normal pre-race routines. Despite this they got on with the task at hand and perform superbly. Harmony is our first cross country runner to qualify for a few years and we are expecting her to do extremely well on the national stage. Harmony also trains and competes with her club Hastings AC, I think they deserve a mention for their great work with many local athletes. Hannah Frais, Marcus Ramnarine and Jake Bourne all ran great times against their targets set and we are expecting Marcus to also qualify once the boys' results are released. Credit also to athletics and S&C academy coach Mel Ferguson for all her hard work with the team.”

The badminton academy took eight students to Basingstoke. The boys first team qualified for quarter finals but missed out on a semi-final place in a great match which could of gone either way. The badminton academy side are next in action in December when they take on Chichester College, looking to secure a place in the last 16 of the national cup. Bexhill and Chichester are the only two Sussex sides left in the national knockout competition. The tennis academy trained by Coach Dan Cole also travelled to Basingstoke and put on a fantastic display and Luisa from Italy (one of the College's students from their international programme) made her College debut alongside two second year students.

Bexhill College Cricket Academy travelled to Queen Mary's College to compete in the AoC indoor regionals tournament. The team played 3 group games with an ambition of progressing into the semi-finals and final. The team lost the first game convincingly, however the second and third games were much tighter affairs.

The second game was a last ball thriller, with Captain Harry Rhys-Jones scoring two off the last ball to secure the win after a very good bowling performance from everyone. This meant a win was required in the final game to progress to the semi-finals.

The opposition batted first and posted a good score of 44. Bexhill again got off to a solid start but slowed down during the middle overs. This left Bexhill needing 3 sixes from the last 4 balls. Harry Rhys-Jones hit the first ball for six, raising the hope of an improbable win, however the feat couldn't be repeated from the last 3 deliveries.

Coach, Ben Ferguson commented; "The boys were a credit to the college throughout the day and played some very good cricket and were unlucky not to progress into the semi-finals”.

With men's and women's basketball, table tennis, men's and women's volleyball still to go, the College are hopeful of having more students representing on the national stage.

The College is extremely proud of their sports teams and continued success, both regionally and nationally. Any current Year 11 students interested in joining one of our sports academies should contact Adam Hurley (Sport Academy Manager) - adamhurley@bexhillcollege.ac.uk for more information.

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