Sport forms an important part of life within Holdsworth. It provides another situation in which students can meet other lawyers and a place in which you can relax whilst enjoying playing sport with people you know. However Holdsworth also enjoy a reputation of providing strong sports teams, and I aim to further this reputation and look forward to a successful season, hopefully ending in a couple of trophies!
There are 5 teams: football (6-a-side and 11-a-side), netball and rugby. All teams except rugby compete in the intra mural leagues and always enjoy successful seasons, finishing in extremely strong positions.
Whilst all Holdsworth teams remain competitive, everyone is welcomed to try out for the teams and no prior experience is needed. Each team has a captain who works closely with the Holdsworth Sports Officer to ensure that the season runs smoothly and successfully. The captains of the coming year are usually chosen by the current captain and the Sports Officer is decided in the Holdsworth elections.
Law rugby is extremely inclusive and caters to all abilities. It provides a great platform to meet other students in a slightly more social setting than is otherwise available through the avenues presented from an academic standpoint. For example, on top of training and games, law rugby is involved in a number of joint law sport socials that run throughout the year. The highlight of the season for law rugby is always the inaugural Manchester 10’s tournament. As reigning champions, we were unfortunately unable to defend our title in the past season due to the tournament being cancelled as a result of poor weather. However, we look forward to rebuilding this season to reclaim glory. If you would like to be involved in helping us achieve this goal or if you simply have any questions about the law rugby team for the upcoming academic year, please contact Liam Jenkins.
6-aside and 11-aside trials are combined into one session. Meet at the Bournbrook astroturf pitches at 3:40pm today. Please bring £2.
All players from last year’s squad need to attend trials if they wish to play again this year.
Freshers, go in your kit or take it with you to your lectures from 2-4 then head straight down to the pitches when you get out.
The pitches are at the bottom of this map, labelled “sports pitches”.
Trials are taking place this Wednesday. Meet at 3.45pm at the Munrow Netball courts which are beside the building labelled ‘R25’ on the map. Again, please bring £2 to cover court costs.
The first training session of the season is this Friday at 7pm on the Bournbrook astroturf pitches. All are welcome and if you are unsure how to spend your precious spare time this is highly recommended. We have spare Hockey sticks if you need them! Please bring £1.
The law rugby team took the honours yesterday in a 100 minute thriller against a strong medics side. In the face of a hostile crowd Man of the Match Huw Thomas held his nerve to slot a perfect drop goal with the final play of the game, afte…r the teams were level on 17 points at the end of the regular 80 mins, sparking huge celebrations as Law won 20-17.
With the momentum constantly shifting it was fly-half Thomas who kept the team in the match, scoring 15 out of the 20 Law points and controlling the game throughout.
The match started badly for law, who sunk to 12-3 after only 10 mins, after some well executed midfield moves by the medics saw them cross the whitewash twice. But the tenacity of the law defence and the boot of Thomas kept the deficit to only 3 points at half time, as the half ended at 12-9 to the medics.
But after some hard truths at the break the law boys re-found their spark and came into the second half firing on all cylinders, stealing the momentum. Strong runs from the back row and centres secured good field position in the medics 22m, before the ball was spread wide and a dummy run from centre Frost drew in the defence, creating space for Rhodri Kent to release Seamus Mckimm to score in the corner.
The Law team went into the final 10 minutes with a lead of 17-12, but the game was to take another turn as a resurgence by the Medics saw them cross the try line for a third time, after camping in the Law 22m. However, without a Huw Thomas in the medics team they failed to add the conversion, which meant that after a further 5 mins the scores remained tied at 17-17, meaning an additional 20 mins of play.
Not a team to roll over Law maintained their composure and held the medics attack throughout extra time, denying them any further score, before taking the charge to secure a position in the opposition half. Thomas stepped up and sealed his heroic status with a Wilkinson-esque nudge between the posts with the final play of the game, giving Law the BRUM Cup in their first competitive season.
Needless to say the medics crowd had little to say. Law took the glory – cue wild celebrations and the Law Ball.