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Grizedale’s year of sport

In previous years, Grizedale hadn’t done too well in sport finishing 7th overall in the sports trophy out of 9 colleges. However, this year saw a big turnaround in our fortunes. Grizedale won the Men’s Pool league, Men’s Darts league, Football B league and won 2 Carter Shield events too. The Men’s Football A team also won the League cup.

This year saw a record number of people turn up for Football and Netball tryouts and as a result, Grizedale had 4 teams for each sport for the first time in our history.  Men’s Pool had 2 teams and women’s Pool had 1 team. We had 1 team each for Table Tennis, men’s and women’s darts and dominoes.

Alex Smith was the highlight for men’s Pool team going unbeaten in the last 2 years and holds a 24-0 win record currently. For his achievement and contribution to Grizedale College, he was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Certificate in Pool by the captain Ed Jones. April Zhou, the women’s Pool captain, also made the university and College proud by winning the national Pool Competition!

George McDermott went unbeaten all year to win the Darts Player of the Year award and has also been named captain for next season. Camilla Stormo who took a bunch of girls who had never played darts before and helped them finish in the top 4 and has been retained as captain for next season for the women’s team.

The Bar Sports Player of the Year (Male) was awarded to Callum Lydon and (Female) Hannah Petty.

The Netball A team was captained by Izzy Hoggmascall and the B team was captained by Helen Mackey. They finished 5th and 4th respectively in the league. The Netballer of the year trophy went to Sophie Tarif for her outstanding performance as goal shooter all year. Next year, the A’s and B’s are going to be captained by Ellie Georgiou and Selina Jones respectively.

The Football A team, under the captaincy of Simon Harrison, finished 7th in the league but made up for it by winning the league cup! Next year, Matthew Taylor will be leading the A’s and hopefully improving in the league. Charles Egejuru was named Player of the Year. The B team under Lars Calenti had a magical season going unbeaten all year in the league! For his dedication to the sport of Football, Lars was awarded the Jacques Browne Memorial Trophy. Josh Eddon is going to be leading the B team next year and the Player of the Year was awarded to Jack Maulin.

The Vicky Stockton Trophy for Sporting Commitment was awarded for the 1st time since 2012 to Viraj Bhatia for his dedication to Grizedale Sport.  This trophy was awarded after 5 people were nominated by the College JCR Exec and was put to vote. Every student who participated in sport for Grizedale got a vote and a winner was decided.

Overall, as the Sports Officer of this wonderful college, I have enjoyed every bit of the year and it was a proud moment for me when we finished 3rd in the overall sports trophy only 4 points behind winners Fylde College and a point behind 2nd place Bowland. Hopefully, next year’s Sports Officers can carry on the work put in by Laura Pryer and me and we can win the Sports Trophy next year.  It has been a pleasure working for this wonderful college and I have made so many memories and wouldn’t recommend anybody to look beyond Grizedale if they are looking to fit in. I would like to end by saying “UP THE MIGHTY HOGS!!!”


Viraj Bhatia

(Grizedale Sports Officer 2015-16)