by BEN MOOREHEAD
While many of Sussex’s
sports teams faced a nailbiting
finish to the season
yesterday, members of the Men’s
Badminton team could afford to
relax. Last week’s 5-3 defeat of
Essex meant that Sussex were
crowned champions of the BUSA
South Eastern Mens Division 3A
regardless of yesterday’s results.
It has been a very successful campaign
for the Sussex boys. Undefeated
this season and with maximum points,
the team surely would have won every
game outright had St. Bartholomews
bothered to turn up on 22 January.
The performance of the boys
should not come as a surprise. As a
fresher I went to a badminton meeting
with high hopes of taking part in the
team. It took a few minutes for me to
be thrashed 15-0 by a skillful opponent,
and I quickly realised the quality
of the squad. It was the last badminton
meeting I attended.
More surprising is the decline of
the womens team. Reading’s 9-0
defeat of Sussex last Wednesday
meant that the girls were relegated.
The men’s football first team had a
crunch final match at Kingston yesterday
which would determine the promotional
places. Rivals Royal Free &
University College Medics, a place
ahead of Sussex, faced Surrey, the
other team vying for second position.
Sussex’s struggling rugby boys
were hoping for an escape from relegation
yesterday. Royal Holloway had a
home game against Royal Vetinary
College to decide the issue.
But for Sussex to win away against
a Buckinghamshire Chilterns side that
had won every game so far this season
was surely too much to ask. Royal
Vetinary College had to get a draw
from their game to give Sussex any sort