Some ups and some downs

It was an easy win for Men’s firsts against Strathclyde University, 72-35. It took a while for the team to get in to the game. They started off rough but soon, the team worked together, moved the ball really well and had a strong defence. It was a fairly physical game for both sides, for the first half M1s had a lead of about 8-15 by exploiting the defensive gaps created by their plays. However M1s lead didn’t grew any larger as their offence managed to kick the ball out. Second half ended with a 6-point lead as at the end of the 2nd quarter Strathclyde had a decent run. By 3rd quarter, M1s outclassed them in many aspects and didn’t let Strathclyde get many scoring opportunities.
 
Men’s 2nd’s lost away from home against RGU by a final score of 53-42. An early tip off and long drive meant the team was missing 3 regular starters and coach Dale Gilmour. The shorthanded side played hard to stay in the game but unfortunately were never able to recover from a poor second quarter. Despite the final result, coach Connor Sharp was impressed with his teams continued effort and hustle to stay in the game and was happy with how the younger players all stepped up when given more opportunities. The current league leaders are confident they will learn from this loss and produce a stronger showing next week in their final game of the semester against Stirling University at home. Special shout out must go to first year Sean McDonald who played for his team despite recovering from illness which kept him out of last week’s match.
 
With only 7 players, the W3s played a great game to secure their next win of the season against Napier University 2nds, remaining undefeated in the SSS regional league. The girls ran hard in offence and played aggressive defence, with points coming from all across the team. Overall, was a very solid performance from the girls! Final score was 45-6 to Edinburgh.
 
M3 lost 63-39 to Queen Margaret University. It was a tough game for the team with four starting players out with injury and only one available center. M3s had beaten this team by about 20 points, 2 weeks ago in the cup game so they were disappointed to lose against them now in a league game. However, the game started off well with M3s winning the first quarter, and tied for most of the 2nd quarter. They had a big home crowd who gave them a huge boost. Unfortunately, the other team out rebounded their undersized team and played much better as a unit. There was only one referee which led to many arguments, and a lot of controversial calls. In the end the head coach, Jorge Maicas said there was a lack of team cohesion as the reason for their loss.
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