News Archive, Month: March 2019

Hawks flying high as University touch rugby players add National Series crown to regional and international titles

30 March 2019

The University of Bath secured the University National Touch Rugby Series (UNTS) overall title as they claimed victory at the last tournament of the season. Having won three of the four previous tournaments this season, the Hawks only needed to make the semi-finals to guarantee overall series victory but they ensured they finished an excellent season – in which they lost just one of their 55 matches – in fitting style. The tournament was split...

Sochi 2014 Olympic bronze medal finally confirmed for British four-man bobsleigh team

29 March 2019

Four more athletes who trained at the University of Bath have joined the ranks of Olympic medalists after John Jackson’s four-man bobsleigh crew were upgraded to the bronze-medal position at Sochi 2014. Jackson, Stu Benson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon originally finished fifth in Russia five years ago, just 11 hundredths of a second outside the medal spots at the sport’s showpiece event. The subsequent disqualification of the home nation’s gold-medal winning and fourth-placed sleds...

Despite some sparkling moments, Hartpury took the spoils

Despite some sparkling moments it was semi-sadness for Bath at Hartpury

28 March 2019

Unable to capitalise on their form from two earlier-season league victories over Hartpury, the Blue and Gold of the University of Bath slipped to BUCS Super Rugby semi-final despair in Gloucestershire on Wednesday evening. In truth the 37-27 victory for Hartpury, playing at home, was deserved and founded largely on a consummate first-half in which their battling attack got the upper hand.  The Gloucester-based player-scholars had also done their defensive homework allowing them to repel...

One win from Twickenham as Team Bath head to holders Hartpury for live-streamed BUCS Super Rugby semi-final

27 March 2019

Team Bath men’s 1st XV are determined to make it third time the charm when they make the short journey to cup holders Hartpury for tonight’s BUCS Super Rugby Championship semi-final (6.30pm). The Fulkers-sponsored Blue & Gold, who are also supported by MJ Church, have fallen at this stage on the Road to Twickenham during the past two seasons, including a narrow defeat at Hartpury in 2017. They were victorious on their last visit to...

VIDEO: Aaron James and Alex Burrage look ahead to Team Bath’s BUCS Super Rugby semi-final at Hartpury

26 March 2019

After their emphatic quarter-final victory over Durham University, we caught up with Team Bath men’s 1st XV Head Coach Aaron James and vice-captain Alex Burrage to get their thoughts on a fantastic result – and the challenge they face in the semi-finals against holders Hartpury tomorrow. Don’t forget, if you can’t make it to Hartpury you can still back the boys in Blue & Gold via the BUCS YouTube live stream – visit to watch from 6.30pm...

Chile triumph for Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz as Team Bath judoka wins first Continental gold at Panamerican Open

26 March 2019

Team Bath judoka Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz claimed the first Continental Open title of her career when she struck gold at the Santiago del Chile Panamerican Open. The University of Bath Sports Performance graduate, who represents Mexico on the international stage, overcame Argentina’s Agustina De Luca and Hannah Martin of the United States on her way to the -63kg final. She then defeated Ecuador’s Estefania Garcia to secure the gold medal, an improvement on the bronze she...

Ben Jones and Louis Newman won bronze at the BUCS Doubles Tennis Championship in March 2019

Students Ben Jones and Louis Newman double up to win bronze medal at national BUCS tennis tournament

26 March 2019

University of Bath students Ben Jones and Louis Newman teamed up to bring home bronze from the BUCS [British Universities & Colleges Sport] Tennis Doubles Championships in Nottingham. Chemistry student Jones, who is supported by a Buchan Jones Sports Scholarship, and Team Bath Dual Career athlete Newman, a first-year Economics student, missed out on a place in the final by the narrowest of margins after going down 4-6 6-2 11-9 to Nottingham’s Jamie Praditngam and...

Last-quarter push sees Team Bath Netball overcome Severn Stars and move back into top four of Vitality Superleague table

25 March 2019

Team Bath Netball moved back into the top four of an incredibly competitive 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague table after a strong last quarter saw them finally shake off a determined challenge from South West rivals Severn Stars at the Team Bath Arena tonight. The Sitec-sponsored Blue & Gold had seen their four-goal half-time lead cut to two going into the final quarter of this rearranged derby - sponsored by Royal High School Bath - and...

Piers Gilliver bags gold and silver as his run of Wheelchair Fencing World Cup success continues in Pisa

24 March 2019

University of Bath-based Piers Gilliver struck gold at a fourth successive IWASF Wheelchair Fencing World Cup as he and fellow Brit Dimitri Coutya brought home a medal of each colour between them from Pisa, Italy. Unlike the three previous tournaments where he won Category A Epee gold, Gilliver’s latest success came in the Sabre as the MJ Church Ambassador demonstrated his world-class ability across different disciplines. Gilliver won all the bouts in his group to...

Team Bath Netball claw back early deficit to overcome spirited Strathclyde Sirens in another Vitality Superleague thriller

22 March 2019

Team Bath Netball showed tremendous character to turn a six-goal deficit into a 51-47 victory over Strathclyde Sirens tonight as Blue & Gold supporters were treated to another rip-roaring Vitality Superleague clash at the Team Bath Arena. The noisy four-figure crowd saw the Sitec-sponsored Blue & Gold struggle to find a way through Sirens’ rock-solid defence during a feisty and physical first half, which saw the visitors lead 15-9 at the end of the opening...

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