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Men’s Volleyball had an easy first set against Medway on Wednesday but their complacency was shattered after losing the second set. They changed formation for the third set and managed to pull back another win. Unfortunately they lost the third set bringing them to a tiebreak, which was tense with two evenly matched teams. The Tiebreak concluded 15-13 to Middlesex after some very impressive play from both sides. Player of the Match was Jack Williams for his amazing spikes and uplifting charisma. He was always present when the team needed him and constantly lifted spirits. Captain Federico said that 'Jack carried the team during the really hard moments'.
The Football 2nd team (Captained by Omar Chowdhury) played at their home ground against Kings College. After a slow start to the season, we fought back with a great 5-1 win in our second league game. We started on the front foot and were two goals up within 30 minutes, both of which scored by Josh Banning and assisted by John Johnson. The opposition were a good team and posed a challenge for our defence but keeper Dom was on hand to shut out all attempts.
The second half started with a few changes. Daniel Banyard came in, off the bench, to play as the striker. He latched onto a stray pass from their midfielder, drove pass the defender before rounding a stranded goal keeper and slotting it into the back of an empty net. Instantly we were back on top form, 3 - 1 up. Our forward attack ceased to stopped from here on out and our defenders became an impenetrable wall with exceptional play from Michael South, showing outstanding, assured and safe defending. His ability to remain level headed in sticky situations put him as a strong contender for Player of the Match, but this title was awarded to Josh Banning. Captain, Omar, described Josh as "a regular on the side who is a great player but with a point to prove and oh my did he deliver. He scored 2 goals in very quick succession and continued to terrorise defenders, often leaving them flat on their faces with his quick feet and trickery. His defensive qualities must also be noted as he often ran entire lengths of the pitch to help defend before suddenly being in the opponents' box ready to have a strike on goal."
On Wednesday MDX Women’s Rugby team played a 10s match against the University of Kent on our home ground at Allianz Park. It was a fantastic victory with a 73 – 35 Win to Middlesex with an outstanding 11 tries and 9 conversions. The tries were scored by Catarina Knudtzon with an amazing 4 tries and our 9 conversions, Lois Mbu scoring 2, Lauren Stansbury scoring 2, Captain, Ariane Bestel scoring 2 and Rachel Corker-Brown scoring the last one. Player of the Match was awarded to Lauren Stansbury for 2 amazing tries scored under the post and with 2 very good runs of the ball. The team have asked to give special mentions to Summer White for her resilience during the game and would like to thanks Amber Savage for helping out on the sidelines, Zowwi and Paulas for photographing the game. Well done to all of the girls especially Tuva Bakken and Anja Ringerike for an amazing performance during their very first match with us.
The University Men’s Rugby Union team continued their unbeaten run, going 6 for 6 by winning against a strong Reading outfit, 27-12. A physical encounter, with great rugby played by Middlesex, scoring 3 first half tries for a return of no points until midway through the second half. Matt Blake opened the scoring after 10 minutes, finishing off a well-executed movement by the backline in the corner, no conversion. Reading looked to use their big carriers down the middle channels and back inside, but Middlesex held firm, forcing the errors.
Following one, the ball was moved to the wider channels where Middlesex forward carriers found great success. A quick line break follows by a neat offload from the floor saw Captain Aston Whitlow stride over from 30m out, Andrew Al-Balous with the conversion. From the restart, the penalty count and errors began to pin Middlesex back into their own 22. With Reading kicking to the corner, a missed lineout gave Ben Gold to make a vital turnover. Rather than kicking out to safety, Middlesex threw caution out the window and moved the ball out wide, Matt Blake again carrying the ball between defenders, before linking up with Jed Adkins, and Nick Postlethwaite. From the ensuing ruck on the Reading 10m line, the ball moved again to Christian Cannavo to burst through the middle and cantered to the Reading 5m line. Calm and patience saw the ball moved two passes wide and saw Adam McNeilly hold off a tackle to score, no conversion. The second half was a less flair, more scrap game, with both sides struggling to maintain possession for long periods of the game.
Reading managed a try first, with a pick and go scuttling over the line to make the game 17-7. With Middlesex putting immediate pressure back on Reading, a chip and chase attempt ended with a penalty in front of the posts which was converted by Oli May. From the restart, Matt Blake was looking to add more scalps on his birthday, and broke out of his own 22 again and had his eyes on the bonus point 4th try. However, a fight kicked off, preventing play from continuing, and with no obvious culprit, a Scrum was given. Moving to the final 10 minutes, Middlesex upped their defence and began marching Reading backwards, with some solid tackles going in, led by George Camet.
As the pressure mounted, a lofted pass hoping to reach the Reading wing was gathered by Jed Adkins to canter in for the much deserved bonus point, Oli May adding the extras for 27-7 The last 5 minutes was an even tie, with both sides missing opportunities to trouble the score board, until repeat penalties moved Middlesex back onto their own try line. From a tap penalty, Reading threw their biggest forward at the line, and he managed to stretch over the line for a commiseration score. Full Time: 27-12. Match Report by Men's Rugby Captain, Aston Whitlow
Other victories for Wednesday 15th included a consistently strong win for the Men's Badminton Team. Under Alex Pandya's Captainship, the team took an easy 8-2 win from their home game against UCL and remain undefeated!
A second team that continued their winning streak were the Men's tennis team, remaining undefeated after this week's win against Canterbury Christ Church, 10-2.
Women's Tennis made the long journey to Essex but it was all worth it as they smashed the games and brought home an impressive 12-0 Win!!
Women's Volleyball worked hard to claim a 3-2 victory against Kent.
Men's Basketball earned a respectable 79-53 winning title after a gruelling match against UCL
Women's Basketball presented a well deserved win after defeating Royal Hollaway 56-32.
Match reports by Zowwi Ranford and Men's Rugby Captain, Aston Whitlow.
As part of our ongoing developments at The Fitness Pod, we have now also launched an app to allow members to book classes whilst on the move. There is also a new members portal, where you can manage your bookings and membership.
The Sport and Recreation department in association with MDXSU organise 5 parties throughout the academic year at MDX House. Buy your Multi Ticket for just £20 and get entry into all 5 parties!
Tickets available from the sports office in MDX House or contact email@example.com
Active Start is a 10 week supervised exercise programme, to help you on your journey to becoming fitter and more active. We are recruiting 30 lucky Middlesex Students onto our next Active Start programme this january 2018.
Well here’s the answer – a 10 week programme of sport and fitness based activities available to you at various times during the day, to more easily fit into your current routine. For more information go to our Active Start page
Newly refurbished is our impressive new fitness facility The Fitness Pod, located on the lower ground floor of MDX House. We offer a weekend only membership for just £12 per month and student Full Fitness memberships at just £20 per month.
Achieve your goals in half the time with our experienced personal trainers. You will receive expert guidance on a one- to- one basis, with plenty of encouragement to motivate you and maximise the benefits from your workout. Whether you want to lose weight, shape and tone or build muscle, whatever your goal, we can help you achieve it.
We are currently offering 50% off your first PT session with us. Pay just £15 for your first 1 hour session. Prices are then £30 per 1 hour session or £270 for 10 sessions. To book contact 020 8411 6343 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A qualified instructor will undertake your individual health check and provide you with feedback on your current level of fitness. The consultation covers individual medical and exercise history, fitness goals, lifestyle factors and exercise preferences as well as a variety of tests including blood pressure, body fat, cholesterol, BMI, waist to hip ratio, BMR & daily calorie needs.
We offer a 1 hour health check for just £25. Contact email@example.com or 020 8411 6343 to book your appointment.
Want to get in coaching or volunteering? We have a variety of opportunities available for enthusuastic individuals to get qualified.
Include U Volunteers wanted Why not sign up to volunteer with our Sport England funded project Include U, for opportunities for training, qualifications and volunteering. Include U raises inclusive sporting provision in North London, specifically targeting inclusiveness for participants with a wide range of disabilities to participate in a variety of sports. For more information contact the sports office on 020 8411 4651 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fitness Pod at Middlesex University offer after school activities for children aged 6 - 11 years. Activities take place on our impressive Multi Activity Courts and 3g pitches on campus.
No previous experience necessary. Sessions are just £5 per activity per child.
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Book our impressive 3G pitches and Multi Activity Courts at Middlesex University in Hendon for your child’s multi activity sports birthday party. Parties cater for children from 5 - 15 years and start from just £140 for up to 10 children
(additional spaces can be booked at £10 per child, up to 25 children).
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