Seevic sport celebrates regional hat-trick

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Seevic Storm teams together Students at Seevic College celebrated a hat-trick of success as three College sports teams were crowned AoC Sport East Region champions.

The men’s rugby, girl’s netball and girl’s basketball teams all claimed East Region titles and will now progress to the National Finals which will be held at University of Bath in March 2015.

The men’s rugby team came from behind to defeat holders Peterborough Regional College 27-19 in the tournament final, having also defeated East Norfolk Sixth-Form College, Colchester Sixth-Form College, Hills Road Sixth-Form College, Milton Keynes College and College of West Anglia on their road to victory.

Scrum-half Ricki Gould (age 17, previously attended Cornelius Vermuyden School) also plays for Southend RFC and Essex. He said: “We went to the tournament determined to win and showed great character to go all the way. The training at Seevic is professional and intensive – the standard is the same as for my club.”

The girl’s netball team retained their East Region title, defeating Oaklands College 19-5 in the final, having made easy work of the opposition in the tournament and winning several games by more than 20 goals. They will now look to better last year’s fifth place finish at the National Finals.

Goal attack Hannah Burrows (age 17, previously attended The Deanes School) also plays for Eastwood and the East of England. She said: “This is our second year playing together, which has enabled us to form a strong mentality while also learning to adapt to the new players in the team. The strength and conditioning training we undertake at the College makes a big difference – we’re always pushed to be the best we can be.”

The girl’s basketball team surpassed all expectations and made College history as its first female basketball squad to become regional champions, thanks to four convincing victories.

Captain Abbie Jones (age 18, previously attended Shoeburyness High School) also plays for Southend Swifts, the East of England and England. She said: “Last year we finished runners up so to go one better and win was a great achievement for us. This year I’ve been able to develop my leadership skills on the court - playing at Seevic has helped to raise my game.”

Seevic College offers one of the most successful College sports programmes in England. The College competes at the highest level of national competitions, including rugby, football, basketball, netball and many other sports.

Reflecting on its hat-trick of regional titles, Head of Competitive Sport at Seevic College -Craig Davidson- said: “It’s been a great couple of weeks for Seevic Sport, and the College will now be among the most represented colleges at the National Championships.

"This is a testament to our dedication to provide the best sporting experiences for our students. It’s also great for two of our girl’s teams to have achieved regional titles, with women’s sport continuing to thrive at Seevic.”

Each team has now qualified for the AoC Sport National Championships – one of the largest annual sporting events in England, involving over 1,800 college students. You can find out more about sport at Seevic College here.  

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