Performance Sport News 9th December 2016

Women's Rugby Delight in Home Victory over Loughborough 39-5

It was another big win for the women's first team this week against a very tough Loughborough side. The game ended 39-5 with 2 tries each for Rhona Lloyd, Natalie Guy and Megan Gaffney and Nicola Howat completed the set scoring a try of her own. Coach Cruickshank also gave a shout out to Emma Dunbar for putting in a "great shift" on her first performance for the team! It was, overall, a huge team performance and as Coach Cruickshank described it "a perfect way to see out 2016 with 7 wins on the trot". The women's rugby team currently sit 2nd in the league with a game in hand and are unbeaten on their home turf at Peffermill so far this year!

The women's side were ecstatic with an undefeated first half to the season taking them into the winter break and thanked everyone for all their support. Congratulations to the girls on an incredibly strong first half of the year, we think they have earned their winter break!

Dismay for Men's Rugby After a Last Minute Cancellation

Men's rugby were all set to face St Andrew's at home this Wednesday in our game of the week. However, the match has been rescheduled for next semester. Watch this space for information on the rescheduled fixture!

Men's Hockey are all Tied Up in their Last Game Before the Winter Break

Photo Credit: Celia Powell Photography

In a disappointing 0-0 draw at full-time at Peffermill on Wednesday our men's hockey side head into the winter break still seeking that defining win that will set them clear ahead at the top of the league. A strong defensive performance from the Edinburgh University side ensured that Newcastle did not go home with a goal either. But Coach Moodie seemed disappointed with his team's performance and is hopeful that they will take advantage of the break coming back, well rested and focused for the second half of the season where winning all 3 of their immediate fixtures will win them the league!

UofE Swimming Still Going Strong

Despite many of our team sports and BUCS Wednesday's being over until after the winter break, our swim team are still in full swing. This weekend over a dozen performance swimmers from Edinburgh University are participating in the Scottish Short Course and not just that, Coaches Chris Jones and Mat Trodden expect to see almost all of their 13 athletes medal.

Lucy Hope

Lucy Hope in the 50/100/200 free and 50 back

Anna Newlands 100/200 back

Emily Jones 200 IM 200 breast

Kathryn Greenslade 200/400 Free

Corrie Scott 50/100/200 breast

Tain bruce 50/100/200 fly

Raquel Matos 50/100 fly

Kara Hanlon 100 breast

Nick Quinn

Kieran McGuckin 50 100 free 50/100 back

Jack Thorpe 50/100 free

Nick Quinn 100/200 breast

Kieran Preston 100/200 Breast

Euan Inglis 50 breast.

The results will be available on and you can also follow @UofEswimming on Twitter and Instagram for more! Good luck to everyone competing this weekend!

Australian Olympic Coach Rollason to Boost Performance Swim Programme

In another big boost for our already prestigious and successful swimming programme, Australian swim coach Shannon Rollason has announced he is set to take on the role of the University’s Elite Performance Swim Coach. Mr Rollason brings a wealth of experience, having overseen his country’s record haul of 20 swimming medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He hopes to help Edinburgh to target medal success at major university, national and international events.

To hear more on the newest appointment in our Performance Sport family see the link below. Welcome to the University of Edinburgh Shannon!

8 University of Edinburgh Performance Athletes Set to Make History with Scotland's First Professional Women's Basketball Team

Edinburgh University Women's Basketball Performance coach Bart Sengers this season has also been heading up Caledonia Pride, Scotland's first professional women's basketball team, competing in the WBBL (Woman's British Basketball League). Amongst the squad sees 8 of his Edinburgh University athletes. This weekend the squad host their very first home game in the professional league at the Oriam, Scotland's new Centre for Performance sport. Not only are the girls looking to put on a show in front of a sell out home crowd, they are also seeking their first win in the WBBL. Good luck to Coach Sengers and all the team, especially our performance athletes!

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