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All in the name of charity

To kick the semester off in style the boys of QMRFC strutted on court in netball dresses to take on a Rugby kit wielding QMN

On Wednesday 7th January, club sport members arrived in their droves, undeterred by the cold weather, to watch the first netball match of the season. This was no BUCS league match; it was QMRFC vs. QMN. The match was set up by the clubs with the aim of raising money for the charity Marie Curie, and overall managed to accrue over £125 from the day’s play. Both clubs provided a 1st and 2nd team and the tournament commenced shortly after a quick run through of the rules.

For the rugby first team it would appear that height was indeed might, as the boys shot into the lead bowling the girls over with their new found court-skills. The story for the second team was another matter, as they didn’t entirely grasp the concept of a non-contact sport in which one cannot run with the ball. The netball second team, unfazed by their opposition, clinched the match to take second place overall and to advance into the charity match final against the rugby first team.

After some swift changes from both clubs, who, with fighting faces on, put their best feet forward, they stepped out to defend their honour on the netball court. With a big crowd, both teams were keen to prove themselves from the first whistle, and the game was tight throughout, with QMN just snatching the win with a final score of 15-12. As the afternoon came to a close, rugby president Louis Muncey tells us, “Unfortunately Rugby couldn’t quite bring it home on the day but raising £125 for Marie Curie and watching the boys enjoy wearing netball dresses was definitely worth it. With some of the boys feeling bemused at certain ‘contact’ or ‘footwork’ calls from the QMN appointed umpires, I’m sure they will look to get revenge in the summer”. QMN refuses to comment on the accusations of biased umpires, but Club Captain Esme O’Hagen was extremely pleased with how the day went, “We’re really looking forward to setting up another competition in the summer that all sports clubs can get involved with, hopefully resulting in even more money raised for charity.”

Both clubs represent QM weekly on Wednesdays in BUCS, with Netball’s home ground at The Copper Box Arena, and Rugby at Chislehurst Sports Grounds.

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