Perfect start for ChCh

first_imgThis is the winning start that Christ Church would have been hoping for, and although an important victory in its own right, it was all the more important as it demonstrated this was a team still moving forward, despite the loss of some big players last year. The game started on a very even footing, and when Exeter spent 10 minutes camped inside the Christ Church 22, some of the men in white may have feared a repeat of last year’s comprehensive Exeter victory. However a huge clearing kick from fly-half Ashley Gillard, followed by a lineout steal from in-form lock Matt Podger begun a second quarter which Christ Church dominated comprehensively. They scored three tries, all of them converted by Gillard’s ever-reliable boot. The stand out gem of these scores was a fantastic individual effort by Jamie Holdoway, running hard from full-back and leaving tacklers in his wake to touch down under the posts.With the score 21-0 at half time, the House players appeared confident of being able to seal victory, even with a player lost to the sin-bin. This confidence seemed well placed as they scored the first try of the second half to stretch their lead. However Exeter were not yet dead and buried, and they came back into the game with two tries, including a classy run down the blind side by scrum half Quentin Macfarlane. With both of these tries converted, those watching could have been forgiven for thinking that the game was turning around. However Exeter let their concentration lapse and spilled the kick-off. From the resulting scrum, a crisply worked backs move saw debutant outside centre Andy Sprague cutting through the smallest of gaps, and although he was felled by an excellent covering tackle, he managed to offload in contact and see the ball touched down to effectively end the match as a contest.Captain Christopher Perfect described Christ Church’s first half performance as “…the best I’ve ever seen us play…” and felt that with this kind of solid forward platform combining well with the pace and skill of the backs, the House’s chances were strong going into next weeks game against Trinity/LMH. However this Exeter team must try to recover from their performance today, and will need to improve if they are to maintain their place in this division.last_img read more

BAVO promotes women’s empowerment with crafting activity

first_imgThe Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) hosted an empowerment board activity on Wednesday evening to help students focus on setting and achieving personal goals. The organizers hoped this activity would help students recognize their potential and worth, a message that is part of BAVO’s core mission. “I think this activity really aligns with BAVO’s mission for women’s empowerment,” junior Elizabeth Day, who helped organize the event, said. ”It is a visual way to represent your goals and recognize the things that you aspire to be and the things that inspire you.” This year BAVO has tried to find new ways to connect with students and share their mission. “This year we’re really trying to get creative with our events and find new ways to empower women,” Day said. “We want to host events that people will be excited about and start conversations about important topics.” The concept of an empowerment board plays off the idea of a vision board, but students thought a vision board could have a negative effect on participants. Instead, BAVO opted for a more positive message for this event. “We thought a vision board would be cool, but once we started looking into it, we noticed that a lot of people online were saying how stressful it was when they looked at their vision boards and felt like they hadn’t accomplished any of their goals,” senior and BAVO member Lauren Zinanni said. “We thought about empowerment boards instead because BAVO strives to empower women, especially on this campus.” Students in attendance found designing empowerment boards to be a good way to get involved and apply this activity to their own lives. “I have a lot of projects coming up, so I think this is a nice way to take a break and still be creative,” junior Corey Shaw said. ”I think that having one is a nice reminder to never give up.” For Shaw, having boards like these serve as a daily reminder to remain positive and to stay focused on her goals.“All of this work is going towards a goal,” she said. “I have a lot of these types of things in my room already, so this is just another reminder that I’m here for a reason and I need to keep going to make the goal that I’m trying to get to.” Members of BAVO hope events like this will help spread the organization’s mission to students and encourage everyone to get involved. “I think its important that BAVO does these events not only so students on campus can become more aware of BAVO’s presence, but also so students can be creative and work on a project to take something home,” Zinanni said. “It’s important to show that BAVO is a resource for students and we’re glad that we’ve been such a big presence on campus this year.”The concept of empowerment is significant for many students and the ability to design a board had a positive effect on students. “A lot of people told me I wouldn’t make it this far,” Shaw said. “So, the fact that I did and that I have boards like this reminds me of this and why I’m here. It helps me remember that I proved them wrong.” Tags: BAVO, Belles Against Violence Officelast_img read more

Man City, Chelsea Charged over Player Behaviour

first_imgThe charge follows the mass fracas in the 95th minute of the game at Etihad Stadium, which Chelsea won 3-1.City had forward Sergio Aguero and midfielder Fernandinho sent off, but Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas will not face any further action.City manager Pep Guardiola apologised for his team’s part in the incident.Meanwhile, Aguero’s four-match suspension has been confirmed by the Football Association following his dismissal in City’s loss to Chelsea.City striker Aguero was shown a red card for a dangerous two-footed foul on Chelsea defender David Luiz, which led to a bust-up between players and coaches from both teams in the final moments of Saturday’s Premier League clash at Eastlands.The Argentina international, who has scored 16 goals this season, will now miss league fixtures against Leicester, Watford, Arsenal and Hull.Aguero has already missed three games through suspension this term for elbowing West Ham’s Winston Reid and his latest absence is a major blow to City’s title challenge.Fernandinho was also sent off for shoving Cesc Fabregas during the incident, with City’s Brazilian midfielder banned for three matches, as indicated on the disciplinary pages of the FA website yesterday.Chelsea won the game 3-1 to move three points clear at the top, but both clubs have been charged by the FA with failing to control their players following the feisty finale.City and Chelsea have until 1800 GMT on December 8 to respond to the charge.Fabregas has avoided censure for apparently striking Fernandinho during the bench-clearing row, prompting the Brazil international’s furious reaction.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Aguero’s four-match ban confirmedManchester City and Chelsea have been charged by the Football Association for failing to control their players during the Premier League game on Saturday.last_img read more