Although traditionally, Chad’s has been regarded as easy opponents, this term has seen countless examples of Chadsians excelling in sport.
The Chad’s-John’s women’s Rugby team – led by Chadsians Chloe Hellier and Tash Garrood – who have been storming through their league, were specially chosen to represent the University at the College Varsity with York University. Needless to say, they smashed it, winning 20-0.
Evie Griffith’s valiant Women’s Badminton team only narrowly missed out on promotion to goal difference. Whilst the Men’s pool team have been grafting their way through to the top of the Premiership with win after win, the table tennis team had a seven-match unbeaten streak taking them to the top. The Mixed Ultimate Frisbee team, last year’s Team of the Season – led in style by Ollie Green – have earned themselves a very well-deserved promotion to the Premiership.
The Mixed Lacrosse Team have had an unbelievable season. Captain Phoebe Lundy has led the A team to both an unbeaten season in the league, earning promotion to the Premiership, but also success in the university-wide cup! No one knows when a Chad’s team last won a cup, so this is an extraordinary achievement!
These team successes have only been reflected at a University level. Last Wednesday saw the big national BUCS final. Several Chadsians were integral to their team’s success. Amelia Harper, Bryony Whitehead, Victoria Lewis (all in the Women’s Water Polo Team) and Emily Sambrook-Smith (Women’s Lax 1s), Phoebe Davies (Women’s Lax 2s), Paul Lefebvre (Men’s Lax 1s) are all now BUCS National Champions! These stories are simply phenomenal and we are lucky to have such talented people in Chad’s!
On Wednesday afternoon, St. Chad’s College Men’s Hockey team officially finished their season. After the glory of promotion last year, it would be fair to say we were looking for a modest season. Certainly, most opposition teams could not take us seriously in our fashionably flair kit; we were true underdogs.
We started the season strong with a win against Castle and a hard fought draw against John’s. However, with numerous injuries across the season, including the loss of our previous captain, Adam Baker, to injury, we struggled in the big fixtures. By Christmas we sat at the bottom of the league.
Yet, what Chad’s lacks in size, we make up for in spirit and determination. Coming into the New Year, we dug deep and with a few key players returning, like Adam (despite still being injured and awaiting surgery in March) and George Cook, our goalie, we managed possibly the greatest escape of a college hockey team in recent years. Strong wins against Grey, Mildert and Trevs saw us rise up the table into fourth.
Henry Hoult, commanding the defence, was the most consistent player in the team and simply instrumental to our season. Captain Will Wright’s speed down the wing was matched by Harry Light’s “I score when I want” philosophy to bring up the teams’ goal tally. Freshers Noah Lipschitz, Andrew Laurie, Freddie Rollason and Freddie Cooney made their mark on the team, with Noah emerging as joint top scorer of the season.
Having finished such a tough season, we have all improved immensely. James Pointon – in his outrageous socks, Ally ‘the Hurricane’ Breeze, Harriet “my stick slipped out of my hand” Newhouse, Ed Boughton and Will Hewitt deserve particular mention for their efforts. Issy Davies was an invaluable addition to the squad; we are very grateful for bringing some DU class to the team. Special thanks as well to Ben Hewitt and Callum Wordsworth for stepping in as goalie when we needed them most.
It has been a long and hard fought season, but a successful one. Naturally, comparisons to Leicester City’s survival have been thrown about, but we shy away from such praise. St. Chad’s Mens’ Hockey has proudly held the Festival of Sport title for three years running (even though we are the smallest college in the university). With the possibility of Peter Ellis playing for us next year, we are hopeful that we shall match this performance and take the league next year.
Michaelmas term was an incredible time for College Charities Committee. Not only did it see the election of our new charities representatives at the J.C.R. meeting, but also saw consistently excellent turnouts at an array of events.
We are delighted that we were able to raise just over £1200 towards our elected charity of the term, the County Durham Foodbank. We hope this will help them to continue the tireless work they do for the local Durham community.
November was an enormously busy time for the Charities Committee, who organised the range of Movember events. Kicking off the month, the Cross Country Club participated in the Newcastle “MoRun” which included a 5 and 10 km run on Sunday 8th November. We followed this up with a Movember Formal which proved very popular. Among our guests was Durham’s very own Movember Representative, Nora Romek. We would like to thank everyone who helped make it such a success. A special congratulations also to Gary Cox, and to Lizzie Walkey, who were crowned MoBro, and MoSista, respectively, and helped to raise an enormous amount of donations for this great charity.
St. Chad’s Advent Raffle, which ran between Sunday 29th November and Sunday 6th December, was also a triumphant success. Raising well over £50, we would like to thank all of those who bought raffle tickets, in addition to those businesses, and committees, who kindly donated gifts.
With the theme being Alice in Wonderland, St. Chad’s Hope Ball was undoubtedly one of the biggest successes of the term – and provided the last chance of the year for Chadsians to hop aboard The Princey-B. We raised just over £1000 with a tiny budget – testament to the hard work of so many Chadsians. Chazz Band played a fabulous medley of swing hits, Senior Man James, and Greg, provided their second-to-none photography services, and fellow Chadsians helped with the themed decorations, which made the atmosphere so special. All of this was complimented by bespoke cocktails made by the Bar Committee.
Although the Bar Committee were exceptionally busy last term, the two bar quizzes which they hosted were record breaking, and raised a considerable amount of money – £85.00. We are incredibly grateful for all of their help!
Christmas Eve was the final event in this busy. Raising just over £100, an inevitable screening of ‘Love Actually’ provided an excellent gateway into the festive spirit – and was accompanied by a cup of hot chocolate – with Baileys as a natural additional option.
The committee also pioneered an Anthony Nolan Recruitment Day on 25th November. Despite being the smallest College and the Anthony Nolan crew only staying for a few hours, Chad’s proudly had the best turnout of any other Durham College, underlining the character of countless Chadsians.
Reflecting on Michaelmas Term, Charities Committee Secretary, Jack Angers said that Michaelmas was a “very long and successful term”, particularly citing Hope Ball as a “huge success”, and the creation of the Cross-Common Room Charities Committee as a promising opportunity to “increase co-operation” within the College to achieve our goals of making a contribution to the world of charity – a mighty success for a small college.
Report by Craig Bateman, Charity Representative, on behalf of St. Chad’s College Charities Committee.