University Sport: How have the Dragons fared so far this season?

Just like in many of Europe’s major leagues, university sport draws to a close as the Christmas break approaches. And whilst many teams will claim they deserve a mid-season break, we look at how some of the University of Westminster’s most coveted sides have performed in the first half of the season.

And no better place to start than with the men’s football. The most popular sports team had a season to forget last term, but have begun this season on a brighter note. The first team remain unbeaten after the opening four league games whilst the second’s and third’s have both had respectable starts. Each football team will play on Wednesday as they look to finish the first half of the season in style.

For the third’s, they take on an in-form Kings College side, whereas the second’s host table topping LSE. The first’s play in a top of the table decider, as Hertfordshire make the journey to Chiswick, and Harry Cutler spoke to WNOL Sport about the importance of the game and why his side should carry confidence into the fixture.

Meanwhile, the women’s football team have had a mixed start to the season. A 1-0 defeat to Brighton in their last game hampered their good start, but they have a great chance of recovering away to Kingston next week.

If one side were to get much credit for their work throughout the first half of the season, it would be the men’s rugby team. Although they haven’t recorded a win yet this season, the two captains have put in copious amounts of effort to keep the side going. Vice-captain turned coach Ben Collier, describes the struggles that the rugby side have faced.

One of the universities most successful sport societies is the basketball side. Led by enthusiastic stalwart Michael Case. Coach Case has guided his team to various victories over the years and they have recently returned from a tournament in Rome. Whilst the baskteballers have begun the season reasonably well, Coach Case has higher aims for his roaring dragons.

And finally, the up and coming team of the university is the men’s hockey side. They have struggled for players in recent seasons, but coach Jacques Matthysen is putting them back on the right tracks and they have got off to a competitive start this season. There is only one aim in the future though, as their South African leader explains.

After the next round of fixtures, the majority of sports take a break for a couple of months. But don’t fear, as the second half of the season commences at the end January.


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