Sports Teams November Update

Academy of Sport

It's been a strong start to the year for our many sports teams and also talented individual athletes. Let's take a look at how we've started the season.

In men's football, the first team have got off to a flying start with three wins from three in the Hampshire Colleges Football League Premier League so far, that included a 5-1 win over Peter Symonds. They are also through to the fourth round of the ESFA Boys Under-18s Colleges' Trophy after beating Barton Peveril and Portsmouth College. The draw for the next round takes place next week for the competition which sees colleges from across the country compete, St Charles College from Chelsea won the tournament last year.

The second team are also flying and currently sit top of the Championship after winning four of their first five games. You can see the league tables of all four men's teams here.

The women's football team are also top of their league and are through to the last 32 of the ESFA Girls Under-18s Colleges' Trophy after beating Peter Symonds in the second round. Seven of the team also had trials for the England Colleges team.

The mixed volleyball team have also been in national cup action, they defeated Bexhill College from East Sussex 3-0 to earn a place in the last 16 where they will face a long journey to take on Petroc College from Devon. The men's volleyball team unfortunately lost their first round match 3-1 to Peter Symonds.

In the Elite Academy Basketball League, the men's team currently sit in fourth place in the Southern Conference with four wins from their opening six matches. Highlights have included thrashing BHASVIC 94-25 and narrowly overcoming City of London Academy 87-80 in a thrilling contest. Matt Hughes and Jeremy Sochan have also picked up the award for Player of the Week. Top four in the league make it through to the playoffs, you can see the league table here.

In the Women's Elite Academy Basketball League, it has been a baptism of fire for the Itchen side as they have lost their opening four matches. However, the side have not been disgraced as they have travelled across the country and had tight matches against the John Madejski Academy and City of London Academy. Their league table can be viewed here.

The men's rugby team have also had success, recently defeating Richard Tauntons in the league and also qualifying for the Hampshire Shield final next month.

In hockey, Neil West has made it through the first round of trials for the England Colleges team. Good luck to Neil as he heads to Cannock Hockey Club near Walsall for the final round of trials.

Some of our talented athletes have also been making an impression. Cyclist Caitlin Peters won the RTTC Closed Circuit National Championship (Juniors) held in Thruxton. Caitling won in a time of 27:45, finishing nearly a minute ahead of her next female rival.

Zak Mahamed has also been representing both his college and country recently as he competed in a 10km race in Rennes, France. The talented runner picked up a bronze medal as he posted a personal best time of 31 minutes and 41 seconds to keep up the Mahamed family tradition. Zak came first in the under-20 age group, defeated only by two runners from the under-23 age group. He also recently came second in the under-20 category of the Milton Keynes Cross Challenge with his brother and former Itchen student Mahamed winning the senior race.