1st Team vs GKT

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Yesterday marked the first UH derby for the 1st XV, played away against GKT. The sun was shining and Honor Oak Park was in its best condition in years.

Kicking off first with the sun on their backs, Barts sent it deep into the oppositions 22. GKTs intensity started high and whilst all the rugby was played in GKTs half their strong line out combined with lack of discipline from the boys in black and white resulted in two punishing 3-pointers in quick succession.

Barts returned to their camping position in GKTs half, and with GKT unable to handle the intimidating Barts scrum an in form David Bull was able to bring the score level at 6-6.

The hard running 15 Rory Hammond saw his fun ended by a rolled ankle, resulting in Barts’ only backs replacement coming off the bench. Fingers were crossed for no more injuries.

The possession and territory advantage Barts were able to maintain, but under the watchful eye of a ref of 22 years experience GKT were able to squander Barts’ point scoring opportunities for a hard fought 10 minutes. A slightly frustrated Barts was then able to convert their territory into points with a patient run of phases which saw winger Sam Wigens demonstrating his finishing ability in the corner for his 4th try in 2 games.

A rare miss from the touch line for Dave Bull, 11-6 to Barts at half time.

The second half points scoring was started off with a pass going to ground in the Barts centres around the half way line. This clever move had its desired effect of disorganising the GKT defence, allowing fresh out of school outside centre Anthony Stratford to slice through for a strong 25 yards, before needing the backup of fellow fresher Teni Adeola. A fantastic pick up from his shins immediately followed by an instinctive hand off shot him through the 22. The ever present Sam Robinson received the offload to score an aesthetic and well deserved try under the posts. 18-6 to Barts.

In classic Barts fashion, niggles worsened and an injury crisis ensued. With no backs subs left a reorganisation resulted in our fly half playing at 9 before being stricken with cramp. Our 13 went to 9, our 7 went to 11, our 6 went to 10, our 8 went to 12, our 1 went to 8, and the human wrecking ball Caleb came on at 1 for 15 minutes of his signature emphatic boshes and shoulder charges (no card given).

With 12 forwards on the pitch and a number of firsts position-wise, the boys on the sideline were praying for the boys to kill some time for the remaining 15 minutes. GKT came back strong and put some points on the board but their enthusiasm was short lived. Realising the best defence is a good offence, the makeshift back line turned on the afterburners and demonstrated some fantastic individual skill to run another 3 tries past the GKT medics and physios.

The full time whistle couldn’t come soon enough for the boys in yellow and green, stopping Barts just short of the half century at 48-21.

A great game to watch and a well deserved win. Special mention to Theo Clarkke for his debut start and being solid for all 80 mins, Sam Wigins for his 5th try in 2 games, and Fresher George Nichols with a big impact on his debut off the bench. Man of the match is impossible to pick - Sam Robinson and freshers Teni Adeola and Luke Williams were absolute workhorses and fantastic throughout.

A great day and a great night. Well done all involved and here’s to more days like yesterday.

Written by Jasper Evans, 1st Team Vice-Captain

Launch of Tennis Volunteering Scheme


We’re delighted to announce the launch of our Tennis Volunteering Scheme in partnership with Tower Hamlets Tennis!

Tower Hamlets Tennis have supported young children from the local area by providing subsidised tennis sessions and we’re excited to be a part of this! Volunteers will be supporting LTA accredited coaches in delivering these sessions, so if you’re into your tennis, this is a great opportunity to give back to your community.


You don’t need to be an professional tennis player, as long as you’re comfortable with a racket and at an intermediate level you can take part. There’s lots of reasons to participate, with you receiving a free BL Tennis T-Shirt after just 5 sessions, a QMSU Bronze Volunteering Award after just 10 hours volunteered and more incentives the more you volunteer, including supporting BL Tennis in the inaugural BL Sports Volunteering Award awarded at Association Dinner!


#2quidtennis takes place in a variety of locations and times in Tower Hamlets, and you can see a schedule for the next few months below:

Until Oct 21st (inclusive)

Bethnal Green Gardens - 345-530pm Tuesdays, 1045-1230pm Sundays

St John's Park E14 - 345-530pm Thursdays , 945-12pm Saturdays

Victoria Park 345-530pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or 945-12pm Saturdays

King Ed's Mem Park 345-530pm, Wednesdays or 1-3pm Saturdays

Oct 22nd - 26th

Half Term Camps (one of three locations) 1015-1230 and or 1115-3pm

Oct 27th - end Nov

Bethnal Green Gardens - 345-530pm Tuesdays, 1045-1230pm Sundays

St John's Park E14 - 345-530pm Mondays & Thursdays , 945-12pm Saturdays

Victoria Park 945-12pm Saturdays

King Ed's Mem Park 1-3pm Saturdays

BL Netball Annual 2017-18

Association Dinner 2018

Association Dinner 2018

What a year for the girls of BL Netball! We have had an unbelievable year as a club and seem to be flying from strength to strength with so much to be proud of. Carrying on from our many successes from last year our main focus this year has been female empowerment and inclusion in sport and we could not be prouder to be able to offer any girl, whatever ability, a guaranteed place on any of our 6 teams or the chance to learn a new sport altogether!

Our massive family gained some incredible new members this year helping this girl gang to grow to an astonishing 85 members. This makes us one of the leading female clubs on campus with an incredible 6 teams entered into three different leagues: BUCS, LUSL and the QMSU league. We are consistently creating new teams and entering more teams into new leagues to accommodate for our growing numbers to make sure our girls get the most out of their sporting experience at Barts. This year our 4th team had their first year in the BUCS league and they absolutely smashed it! More to come with this years impressive results below.

We have had a crazy fun-filled social calendar this year and the biggest right-handed commendation must go to our legendary social secretaries BrOre (Bridget Cullinan and Ore Akinwale). They have given us all we could have ever wanted from our Wednesday evenings, spent mainly in our beloved Griff Inn with a good old-fashioned tables sesh. We have had socials with just about every club at Barts including some very questionable dance moves and some even more questionable fancy dress. The girls have also done a great job of hosting non-alcoholic socials which have been a blast.

We have also had two insanely fun tours away to Liverpool and Bratislava (rogue, we know) and the biggest of thank you’s must go to the Kylie and Kendall of BL Netball, Emily Bennett and JoJo Parsons and BrOre ofcourse. Live, Laugh, Liverpool and The Floor is Bratislava will go down in BL Netball history and we are eternally grateful for you girls and your love of stash #DVTour #HundyPgonnarally. Our strong social media presence over the year is something I am particularly proud of! You can find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with our captains, social secretaries and members consistently posting match results, club successes, social updates, tour updates and support for other clubs and societies at Barts as well as any events/campaigns on campus. Above all we have loved how much the support between clubs has grown this year and we can’t wait to see more of this next year! Check out our year of success on the following: @blnetball or BL Netball on facebook and Twitter.

A huge thank you as well to our wonderful treasurer and all around club saviour Angel Julia Stichbury or AnJules, a true mastermind of the Excel spreadsheet, for keeping us financially stable as a club. Our finances are the strongest they’ve ever been, and we are excited to finally be in a position to be able to make the most of our financial savings to give our girls the best next year! A big thanks as well to Jules and Fatima ‘you alright Pooj’ Rashid our Club Secretary for treating us girls to such a fabulous and special AGM. Loved it girls! The Association fund and Annual fund have been extremely kind to us this year with all our funding applications being awarded. Most excitingly, we were granted funding to put two of our members through C grade level umpire training with Netball England. Milly Newham and Katie Briggs will be the hottest new umpires on court come October 2018 when the next netball season starts and we can’t wait to reap the benefits of reduced umpire costs, increased sporting experiences, quality umpiring and self-sufficiency as a club. Go on girls!

We are extremely proud of our philanthropic efforts this year which saw us being involved in cross campus campaigns and charity opportunities. We participated in the This Girl Can Campaign hosting the largest attended event by collaborating with QMBL Muay Thai to host a self-defence session. It was a great success and we can’t wait to collab with them in the future. We also participated in the 12 Days of Titmas Challenge hosted by the Uni Boob Team at QMUL and had an absolute blast. We were the first team to sign on from Barts and completed boob related challenges over 12 days during Christmas which was great fun. Our other efforts include being involved in the Bloody Good Period drives, Mission volunteering over the years, The Shag Calendar and our spice girl themed consent campaign!

My proudest moment as BL Netball President was raising £1197.37 for Street Doctors, Rape Crisis UK & Wales and the Barts Guild through our A Night In Paris ball in collaboration with BL RAG. This years Moulin Rouge themed ball was insanely successful and went above and beyond all of our expectations. The event offered: Live performances, drinks deals, games such as spin the wheel and black jack, a photobooth and best of all a silent disco! We are proud to have hosted the only event put on by a sporting society where all the proceeds go directly to charity for the second time in a row now! The event completely blew me away and I am so grateful to both my netball committee and the RAG committee for all their hard work, time and dedication. Our efforts helped win us the incredible achievement from the Queen Mary Volunteering and RAG awards for RAG event of the year this year which we also won last year for the Prohibition Ball! Hopefully we can maintain this rewarding event for years to come!

Our annual netball tournament enjoyed by the students of Barts was a massive success this year. We were blessed with the finest of London’s sunshine, great company and incredible outfits. This years entries saw ten teams comprised of both sporting and non-sporting society members battle it out to become netball champions. The competition was fierce, but Mens Basketball conquered the courts and stole the crown from last years winners - Rugby. We always have the best time sharing our love of netball with the rest of Barts and are already rearing to go for next years competition. The biggest thanks to our club veteran Laura ‘Blanche’ Blakey for her efforts in organising such a great day.

I want to say a massive thank you to Dr. Lesley Robson, our Staff president, for her unwavering support this year. She has been incredible to be around and has supported us at all of our big club events such as Christmas dinner and AGM. It has been an honour Lesley and roll on next year!

And last but not least, our sporting successes this year! I’ll keep it short and sweet seeing as six teams is immense. Our firsts had a great year in the BUCS South Eastern 2B league and the LUSL premier league and will happily be maintaining their spots in these top leagues next year. Our 2nds did extremely well finishing 4th in BUCS South Eastern 5B and joint 5th in LUSL. We are extremely proud of both our 3rds and 4ths who are both expecting a double promotion next year. Our 3rds have had an outstanding season, smashing their BUCS South Eastern 7B and LUSL leagues finishing top of the table in both! Our 4ths have been an absolute dream and have only gone and finished top of the table in both their BUCS South Eastern 9B and LUSL leagues. This was their first time entered the competitive BUCS league and they dominated. Go girls! Our lovely 4ths blew not only us away but also the BLSA board and came away with the very much deserved Team of the Year award at this years Association Dinner Awards. Our 5ths are thriving in their second year of the LUSL league finishing 8th out of 11 teams and they have been enjoying the weekly QMSU league along with our 6ths. The 6th team are going from strength to strength in the QMSU league with many players having been completely new to netball this year.

I am so incredibly proud of every single player in the club and the progress that is displayed by all of our team’s year upon year is truly astounding! A massive congratulations to our incredible captains this year, you girls are THE bomb: Gauri ‘GG’ Saxena, Claire ‘CHOOK’ Huck, Varnika ‘VK’ Kaushik, Esmee ‘EsBAE’ Engels, Jessica ‘JLO’ Long and Priya ‘PriYAS queen’ Sivakumar. Couldn’t have done it without you. What an insane year we’ve had. I love you girls and this club with all my heart. Thanks for making this year so incredibly special. Onwards and upwards netball GalPals!

Written by Jessica Snaas, BL Netball President 2017-18


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A freezing cold day and an 8am arrival signalled the start of the racing season for 24 BLBC freshers. The first race of the day was the fresher women’s first boat who were taking on ICSM 1. After a dramatic crab in the second stroke of the start (which nearly gave this fresher captain a heart attack) they recovered beautifully to win by nearly a length and a half. The girls‘ second race was Georges 1, again they were slightly behind off the start but found their rhythm and power to come through with a second win by half a length. In the nail-biting final against RUMS 1 the girls lost by just a canvas, after drawing ahead by half a length and fighting over inches at the finish line.

The men’s first boat faced GKT1 in their first race and beat them solidly with a whole length of clear water between them. Much like the women they faced Georges 1 in their semi-final and again beat them easily with 1.5 lengths between the boats at the finish line. The final was once again against the same opponent: RUMS 1. Observing the racing at flood tide RUMS looked to be drawing ahead but by the finish line the boys had beaten them by half a length to take home the medals.

The mixed crew also put up a brave fight for their race (which also happened to be their first outing as a crew) but ultimately lost to Georges 1 (whom the men's crew would later take their revenge on). The racing crews were as follows:

Novice Men's 1st - WINNERS

Cox - Jess Challenger

Stroke - Ben Johnson

7 - Robert Good

6 - Alex Deighton

5 - Milo Simpson

4 - Jamie Henderson

3 - Joseph Johnson

2 - Skyler Tian Ren Ye

Bow - Adam Mitchell


Novice Women's 1st - FINAL

Cox - Rocio Crispin

Stroke - Sreya Gooptu-O'Shea

7 - Olivia Dupere

6 - Alice Gant

5 - Tamsin Dyer

4 - Caroline Olabisi

3 - Sveva de Luca

2 - Samia Omar

Bow - Alice Westlake


Novice Crew Mixed

Cox - Mathew Robathan

Stroke - Aamir Saiyed

7 - James Ogley

6 - Alex Haiser

5 - Andreas Andreou

4 - Jessica Froggatt

3 - Tillana Tarkas

2 - Amanda Hertzberg

Bow - Vrinda Nadda

BLBC Volunteer at Run in the Dark 2017

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This week members of BLBC took time out of training for Cambridge Winter Head to volunteer their time at Run in the Dark on the 15th November 2017. It is an event where thousands gather in Battersea Park to run 5 or 10k for charity. Run in the Dark plays a vital role in funding The Mark Pollock Trust’s mission to find and connect people around the world to fast-track a cure for paralysis.

12 members of the club, freshers and seniors got together to help the event run smoothly. We were in charge of marshalling along the course for the 2400+ runners to ensure they were all safe in the dark, having a good time and going the right way! In addition to this we also had several volunteers on bag drop and just being of general assistance in the chaos leading up the run.

Everyone did a great job, a big thank you to all who helped out!

BLBC Training Camp at Doncaster

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The men's and women's first boats went on the first training camp of the year to Doncaster for the weekend. Whilst there we got roughly 3 sessions a day on the water and managed to do some seat racing for selection for the first men's 8. The women made a lot of technical gains and really learned to work together as a crew. There was also opportunity to do some work in small boats for both men and women. During our time there we had 2 coaches looking after us who were exceptional in coordinating outings and helping all rowers to come along in technical ability and get them race ready for our first race of the year at Cambridge. It was a very successful camp for all who went along and there was time to relax and bond within our crews.

We thank Doncaster Rowing Club for allowing us access to their facilities and the people there that made the weekend possible. We look forward to returning soon!

BLBC Women's Season Update

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With the Easter break approaching, the tough Head racing season is well and truly over. Despite the sun finally making an appearance this also marks the end of the rowing year for many of our pre-clinical members and those on the allied health courses. This may be the end of the 2017 head races, but the BLBC ladies are ready to push forwards further in future years.

At the Women’s Eights Head of The River our 1st and 2nd VIIIs finished 175th and 261th of 293 crews, all the hard work and effort put it on the ergs and on the water by all athletes shone through. Kingston Head saw similarly amazing results with the 1st boat and the 3rd boat placing 81st and 111th out of 135 crews in their division. There are some incredible photos attached of the dramatic races, with credit to Robert Treharne Jones for capturing the 2nd VIII clashing with Imperial College at WeHoRR.

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Due to unfortunate timing clashes with exams over several different courses, we won’t be able to participate in the many upcoming regattas over summer but look forward to ending an incredible year at the UH Bumps races on 20th and 21st May.

As my time as women’s captain draws to a close, I have time to reflect on how proud I am to have been part of a club that consists of dedicated girls, willing to put hours of sweat and energy to achieve their goals. The grit shown by all the girls, seniors and novices have allowed us to enter 2 or 3 boats in all of the 7 races over the year so far – limited mainly by lack of physical boats. Of course, this couldn’t have been achieved without the diligent work of all our student coaches and the whole committee.

I would like to thank everyone in the boat club for allowing me to be a part of what has most certainly been the most successful year for the women of BLBC. Given the solid foundations built in the last 2 years, I am very optimistic for the future and am confident that we can better our results – with the real possibility of a future BLBC crew qualifying for Henley Women’s Regatta & taking part in British Universities and Colleges Sport rowing events.

Written by Tanya Hossain, Women's Captain 16/17

BLBC at Association Dinner 2017

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The Association Dinner 2017 has now come and past. After taking away Club of The Year last year, BLBC was going into the dinner this year with 2 nominations. Our club captain was nominated for Association Achievement Award and our men's novices boat for Team of The Year.

We are happy to announce that BLBC managed to take away both of our nominations this year! Thank you very much for all the support over the years and congratulations to all the other nominees!