Loughborough Students had big hopes for their men’s ten pin bowling team at the BUCS Gatorade Nationals but the defending champions were unable to retain their crown narrowly finishing second.
Despite the fantastic efforts of Matthew Fidget, Michael Hurst and Jordan Wong, the men’s team missed out to Nottingham Trent, whose 10512 pinfall total was just shy of 150 in front of the Loughborough contingent.
In the individual competition, Fidget bowled fantastically (217 average) finishing third behind Warwick’s Jack Adams and Manchester’s Christopher Lam who took the top spot courtesy of a 226 average. Matthew Harris and Wong both provided sterling support to Fidget coming in 20th and 21st respectively.
The British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) Gatorade Nationals provided a great opportunity for some of the slightly more obscure sports to take centre stage; the variety of sporting prowess on offer demonstrates the diversity of the championship weekend, held this year in Sheffield.
Elsewhere, it was a productive day for Edinburgh University in the Orienteering as Linnea Gustafsson and Rachel Rayne both won gold in the women’s Orienteering A and B class, Kristian Roberts impressing also to capture the Men’s class B classification. The men’s A class was won by Oxford University’s Peter Hodkinson.
The indoor rifle shooting competition saw Southampton University take the spoils in the team competition with an outstanding score of 574 from a possible 600, holding off the challenge of Cambridge University (573) and Oxford University (571). In the individual competition, J. Cockerill of Oxford won both the men’s and the individual title with a score of 195 out of 200, while L. Taylor of Southampton finished top of the women’s section with a score of 194.