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Putting the Gold in Blue and Gold: UoA’s 2024 Sporting Achievements

Updated: Jun 9

The University of Aberdeen Reflect on Another Successful Sports Season



PHOTOGRAPH: UOA FUTSAL CLUB/AUWFC


By: James Kinnaird and Oliver Kennedy


Futsal

In just their first full season as a club, University of Aberdeen Futsal have firmly made their mark on Scottish Futsal. Like football, futsal is played indoors on a smaller wooden-floored pitch with smaller goals. Fast paced action often results in high scoring tense fixtures, and the sport is widely accessible regardless of skill level. Founder Rory Lamond has recruited a strong group of around 60 players, and have completed an immensely successful debut season, winning the Scottish Men’s Tier 2 League, the Scottish Futsal League Aberdeen Cup, Scottish Conference Cup, and the Aberdeen League Title. There is current an A and B team, a women’s team, and a social team who meet regularly. They will look to retain their cups next season whilst playing in the highest tier of Futsal. Four out of four trophies is an incredible achievement and a real testament to the professionalism and consistency of the group of players, and we wish them every success in the future.  


Women’s Football

In a season of significant change for the girls, the Women’s football team showcased their commitment and unity, as they swerved relegation. Oliver attended their pivotal game against Stirling in late February, and watched the team clinch a vital 3-2 comeback victory. In a post-match interview with club president Erin Groman, coach Scott Duncan and striker Caitlin McFarlane, they highlighted the tough season they've endured, but also their togetherness and willingness to finish the season strongly and give all the girls a chance to play football. Coach Scott Duncan will be stepping away from the club at the end of the season, after 15 years. “It wasn’t an easy decision to step back”, Scott added, “but I knew the girls could continue without me”. “Lack of numbers has made it really difficult”, Caitlin admitted, “but we’ve picked it up a lot in the last few weeks”. When I asked Caitlin about her hattrick, she said, “I’m buzzing! I would’ve been happy with a point at 2-2, but when that ball came through, obviously I had to score!” “She was captain fantastic today, what the club is all about”, Scott proclaimed. When asked if they had a message for any girls interested in playing, they said “come give football a go! It’s more than just a football team, and you’ll meet friends for life!” 


Men’s Fencing

The fencing team had an eventful season, which was delayed until December, meaning a packed opening to 2024. They were awarded a string of home ties in the UK National Trophy, reaching the semi-final before being handed a mighty away day in Nottingham. Wins against Dundee, Edinburgh, and Stirling meant they were the last Scottish university in the competition. After an arduous overnight bus journey down south, the boys came close to the final, losing to Nottingham with a score of 135-95. Back to league action, and the team finished in an impressive 2nd place, with 7 victories and 1 loss, to eventual winners Dundee. They will retain their place in the Scottish top division, meaning there will be no long journeys south next season.  


Women’s Rugby 

The girls secured a well-deserved place in the conference final after seeing off both Glasgow Caledonian and Dundee in the quarter and semi-finals respectively. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be as they were defeated by a very talented Heriot Watt side on a soggy day in St Andrews. Nevertheless, a Conference Cup final is a testament to the talent of the team, and we’re sure their success will continue into next season where they can hopefully take the trophy home. 


Hockey 

For Aberdeen University Hockey, it was a winning season for both the Men’s and Women's teams. The Women’s 1’s defeated Edinburgh 4’s in a tense game in St Andrews to lift the BUCS Conference Cup. While the Men’s team 1’s was triumphant in the league which saw them promoted to BUCS 1A for the 2024/25 season. However, they fell just short in the Conference Cup final, losing out 3-2 to an impressive Edinburgh 3 side in St Andrews. Nevertheless, two cup final appearances, and one league title round off an incredible season for one of the university’s biggest sporting clubs.


Kickboxing 

2023/24 was an incredible season for the Kickboxing Club, not only was there a significant amount of personal achievement but the club was instrumental in hosting the first ever all-Scottish university kickboxing tournament. Kickboxing and other combat sports have suffered from an absence of any form of BUCS competition in Scotland, but Aberdeen’s head coach Adam Lambert and club captain Egi Stocca sought to change this. After months of planning the event took place on Saturday 17 February and saw five different universities travel to the granite city to battle it out. The tournament saw not only the kickboxing club take part but also individuals from other combat societies such as Mixed Martial Arts, All-Round Fighting, and Taekwon-do

But the club’s success did not stop there, as last weekend the team made the trip south to Leeds to compete in the British University Kick-boxing championship. An intense weekend of competition saw the team return north with five medals, including two golds and three silvers. Overall, it was an incredible year for not only kickboxing, but all combat sports at the University of Aberdeen, we can’t wait to see them all in action again next season.


Swimming 

Last, but by no means least, we have the UoA swimming team, who once again had a very successful, and record-breaking, season both as individuals and as a team. Individual accolades include Toni Shaw who won para swimmer of the event at the BUCS short course and Faye Rogers, who won the same award at the BUCS long course tournament, with the latter also breaking the European 100m fly record. Additionally, Jamie Ferguson and Tom Robinson both achieved 4th place in the UK, while Kieran Lennox at just 17 years old achieved 5th in the UK for the 50m fly breaking the age group record in the process. As a team Aberdeen achieved 15 ‘A’ finals and 21 ‘B’ finals across both the BUCS short and long course, going on to claim 5 gold and 3 silvers from these finals. These incredible results have also secured the team's place at the BUCS team championship in April, so we wish them the best of luck as they travel to Sheffield and we’re sure they will return with a few more medals for what is now a sizable collection. 


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