2018/19 saw yet another successful season for sport at Newcastle. A ninth-place finish with 2541.7 points overall in the BUCS table was Newcastle’s first since the 2015/16 season.
The start to the 2018/19 season came with the rather unsurprising news that Stan Calvert would be cancelled for the foreseeable future. Recent years have seen the varsity dwindle down and lose student interest, which was probably a blessing in disguise for Newcastle to avoid another walloping from their nearest rivals.
With one less competition to worry about, Newcastle teams plunged straight into their games and had a smashing season in BUCS. Teams such as Newcastle’s rugby union sides and squash had solid seasons, bringing in 201.5 points and 173 points this season respectively in BUCS. From a student media stand-point, the amount of high-quality sport on offer from Newcastle was incredible this season. A personal highlight includes reporting on the tightly fought out battle in the BUCS Netball Trophy quarter-finals between Newcastle 1s and Nottingham Trent 1s.
Concerning intra-mural sides, Courier favourite Hardly Athletic were up to their usual tricks… erm… not winning a great deal? Athletic recorded two wins this season, alongside ten losses and three draws for a 13.3% win rate, with the final nail in the coffin being a 9-0 thumping from SS Ladzio. The struggling side see Courier Sport Editor, Rory Ewart, take the helm to hopefully steer Athletic to some form of success next season.
Elsewhere, February saw the return of the annual BoobBall tournament, raising money for the charity Coppafeel. Furthermore, in November and May, Venue at Newcastle Students’ Union welcomed Fight Night again. Whether actually at Venue or keeping up to date with broadcasts by Newcastle’s branches of student media, students saw some of the finest amateur boxing in an event that continues to get bigger and better every year. Of course, the Courier Sport’s favourite event returned this year; the Boat Race of the North got underway amidst the cheering crowd on the banks of the River Tyne. Newcastle beat Durham again with 6/6 wins to successfully retain their trophy.
Overall, the 2018/19 season has been a hell of a year, from the cancellation of Stan Calvert to a ninth-place finish in BUCS to even more boat race wins to the ever-consistent Hardly Athletic finishing bottom of Division Three of the Saturday 11s League. It’s been a cracking year, and a cracking year to have reported on.