Sports

An introduction from the Sports Officer – Will Jollans

Mary’s is known as a wonderful, friendly and inclusive college and I can firmly say this translates itself to our college activity in the realm of sports. Despite being a small to medium sized college we consistently rank in the upper echelons of the Durham University Sports Leagues, showing that passion and a simple enjoyment of sports can really take the team far. Most importantly sport at Mary’s is open to all levels and abilities, so please come and give it a go. 
 
My name is Will Jollans, and I love sport at Mary’s – it really is amazing! I am a second year Engineering student and the Sports Officer for this year, meaning I have been put in charge of sporting activities here at Mary’s. Hopefully you do not need any persuading to join in, but if you were not planning on doing any sport I would like you to have a second thought; I myself played no sport in my last year of school and am now heavily involved (maybe a little too much) in many a sports team. There is something for everyone, whether it be learning to play squash or joining Mary’s mixed Cheerleading team I would recommend it all as it is a great way to meet people from all of college.
 
Sport at Mary’s is whatever you want to make of it, our teams are in a fantastic place with committed club captains, great equipment and also some very nice new uniforms and stash. University sport in Durham is in a great place at the moment with over two hundred college sport teams ranging from Mixed Lacrosse to Ultimate Frisbee and everything in between.
 
Mary’s is a simply fantastic place and our college sport is a big part of that so I encourage you to dust off those old football boots, find that tennis racket and sign up to any of the fantastic sports that take your fancy – we would love to have you!
In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to email me on william.d.jollans@durham.ac.uk.

Here’s a list of Sports Clubs at Mary’s, along with their Club Captains. If you have any questions about these specific sports, please feel free to contact the relevant Club Captain.


Badminton

Samantha Ho (samantha.s.ho@durham.ac.uk) and Chris Hierons (christopher.hierons@durham.ac.uk)

Mary’s badminton is one of the most sociable clubs in the College with regular nights out and a relaxed atmosphere. We have two training sessions a week where games of a variety of standards are played. People of any ability are welcome to come, whether you are a regular player or have never tried badminton before (we will provide you with a racket!) We also have a number of very competitive teams with the men’s, ladies’ and mixed A teams all in the premiership. So whether you’re a casual or serious player make sure you to come to Mary’s badminton!


Basketball

Sam Martin (samuel.m.martin@durham.ac.uk)

St Mary’s Basketball Club welcomes guys and girls of all abilities, whether you’re a seasoned baller or just fancy trying something new. A perennial powerhouse in the premiership, our men’s team were two baskets away from winning the title last year and are looking to improve on that performance. It’s a great club to be part of and we can’t wait to welcome a new crop of players so be sure to find us at the Freshers’ Fair and drop me an email at if you have any questions!


Cheerleading

Ellie Clark (ellie.m.clark@durham.ac.uk)

Cheerleading at Mary’s has really grown in recent years and we now have a strong co-ed squad with between 25 and 35 members. Cheer at Mary’s is friendly and fun, we train twice a week and anyone is welcome to join, you don’t need to have any stunting, dance or tumbling experience! There are no try-outs so come and find us at the Freshers’ Fair and sign up for a taster session. There are inter-college competitions run throughout the year which we compete in and this year we are hoping to do the best we’ve ever done, we also perform on Mary’s day each year. Cheer is a fantastic sport to get involved in- especially at a college level, particularly if you’ve never tried it before (most people haven’t).


Cricket

Ali Huse (alistair.huse@durham.ac.uk) and Tom Whear (thomas.a.whear@durham.ac.uk)

St Mary’s College Cricket Club is a great club to join if you have any interest in the sport at all. Whether you’re a pro or just interested in the famous ton social the cricket club is a great social society. We play in the inter college T20 league, getting to the semi-finals this year and also inter college varsity matches, as well as having nets nearly all year round. This year, for the first year we hope to have an old boys’ weekend which promises to be an amazing event. If you have any queries don’t hesitate in getting in contact with one of us. Please join our group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/150449115050205/ where you can keep up to date with everything.


Dance

Stacey Cockram (stacey.c.cockram@durham.ac.uk)

St Mary’s Dance is a great opportunity to get involved in dance whether you’ve been dancing for years or you just want to try something new. We have classes which cover all sorts of styles, from lyrical to street, and we even do body conditioning and pilates/yoga for those of you who just want to get fit. We regularly perform at College events if you really want to stretch yourself, but mainly Mary’s dance is about having fun and getting to know people. Oh and of course we have fantastic socials!!


Darts

Angus King (angus.e.king@durham.ac.uk)

It seems odd to say, but recently there has been a huge surge in popularity and membership of the Darts club, and last year there were four teams which we hope to have again, so however seriously or casually you take your darts, there is a team for you. The A team is the most serious, unsurprisingly, and the other teams are more casual and banterous, but its members are fiercely competitive, even between each other. Basically, darts is an excuse to visit a different college bar every Monday night to take part in the inter-collegiate league, and have a laugh with your mates.


Football (Men’s)

Ali Huse (alistair.huse@durham.ac.uk) and Rob Wiles (r.m.wiles@durham.ac.uk)

The football club is one of the biggest clubs at Mary’s, with three teams in different divisions in the inter-collegiate league. For the serious footballers, the A team is looking for the calibre of players to help them mount a title charge in the Premier Division. The B team are looking to rebuild and start playing the laborious but technically gifted football that they are best known for. If you have unfulfilled potential and/or little respect for referees and opponents, this team is for you. For the more casual footballers, the C team regularly manage to comfortably scrape survival in the 5th division, whilst channelling the spirit of Havant & Waterlooville in their yearly attempt of a first round giant killing in the College Cup. If on-the-pitch football is not your forté, there is a striving social scene; who often are hold key positions in the club. With three teams and the social section, the football club’s social events are exceptional fun. A yearly post-exams Tour is as good a time as you can have at Uni, and indeed social members usually constitute half the tour! If you are interested in playing or joining the club, look out for information in Induction Week and in particular at the College Freshers’ Fair.


Football (Women’s)

Helen Paton (helen.paton@durham.ac.uk)

SMCWFC welcomes anyone interested in playing football. We have a mixture of ability levels so don’t be afraid to join in. Last season saw us placing well in the second level of college football and we had an even better season in the brand new futsal league, and this year we hope to achieve even more! With many players leaving this year we hope to get lots of new freshers involved in the team this year. If you’re interested in playing look out for us at the Mary’s freshers’ page or come to the taster session during freshers’ week.


Futsal

Men’s: Luka Radjenovic (luka.radjenovic@durham.ac.uk)

Women’s: Helen Paton (helen.paton@durham.ac.uk)


Hockey

Liam Kirkpatrick (liam.j.kirkpatrick@durham.ac.uk)

SMCHC is one of Mary’s biggest mixed clubs, with both Men’s and Women’s teams enjoying success in the past few years. We’re a very inclusive club, welcoming all abilities whether you’ve played hockey before or never even heard of it! We run dedicated taster sessions at the beginning of the year to give everyone a taste of the sport and the club, and then friendly training sessions each week throughout the year to give the teams time to develop together and regular matches against other colleges give everyone and anyone a chance to get involved. Frequent whole club socials welcome active and social members, and our Old Boys weekend in January is a big event in the Mary’s social calendar! We look forward to seeing you both on and off the pitch and welcoming you into the club!


Mixed Lacrosse

Noelle van Wyk (noelle.van-wyk@durham.ac.uk)

Mary’s Lacrosse is as much a social club as it is a sports one. We meet once a week to train and we compete regularly against the other colleges, although unlike other college sports Mixed Lacrosse concentrates more on the social side of the team than the active one. We welcome total beginners right through to those of you who might be playing at university level, and will hold regular socials in and around Durham. It is a great way to meet people, have a good time and get a tonne of LAX stash. However, we still won the league last year so we’re aiming to keep that up!


Netball

Anna Patteson (anna.f.patteson@durham.ac.uk) and Sasha Barrett (sasha.barrett@durham.ac.uk)

If you enjoy playing netball and want to have a bit of fun, Mary’s netball is for you. We are a large club made up of 4 teams of varying ability. Training sessions are held on our newly renovated netball court and matches are played throughout the season. Whilst our trainings are structured, twice a week, and we do play to a high standard, all abilities are welcome and our regular socials are a great time for us to bond as a club off the court. Last year, all 4 teams were extremely successful, so we are keen to continue our winning streak this year. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch, and we hope to see you on the courts in October!


Pool

Matt Perry (m.b.p.perry@durham.ac.uk)

Here at Mary’s we have several pool teams in all three of the competi-tive divisions, as well as the friendly ladder, meaning people of all abil-ities can enjoy pool at Mary’s. With games scheduled once a week for league players, as well as singles tournaments and many social nights, there are a variety of ways to enjoy the pool club. We really do have a laugh and it’s not all about being able to play well, although Mary’s still have a good pool reputation and have collected silverware in the past two years. Please come and give the pool club a try. You never know, you may have pot-entail!


Rounders

Maddie Kavanagh (madeleine.kavanagh@durham.ac.uk)


Rowing

Matthew Thomas (m.b.thomas@durham.ac.uk)

St Mary’s College Boat Club (SMCBC) welcomes both experienced and beginner rowers (even if you have never been in a boat before!) We have had great results this past year in both intercollegiate and regional competitions and hope you will join us to continue this success! Our regular socials throughout the year ensure that the Boat Club is one of the most enjoyable and friendliest clubs to be part of. If you would like to try rowing or coxing, perhaps inspired by the impressive performance by GB Rowing at the Olympics, come and visit our stall at the Fresher’s Fair or email me with any questions!


Rugby (Men’s)

Jack Smith (jack.smith@durham.ac.uk)

The rugby club is widely regarded as one of the best sporting clubs at Mary’s. We cater for all abilities – all the way up to elite players looking to supplement their university rugby. We’re heading into the 2017/18 season with a very good chance of winning Division 1. Matches are most weekends. Off the pitch, socials are a vital part of club life and the social secretary is an esteemed member of the club. They’re great fun, occur once every 2-3 weeks (no requirement to come) and are great for team bonding. Any clubmen will agree that socials are your best night of the week. Towards the summer term we also play a lot of touch rugby and theres a chance to be involved in a couple of summer 7s tournament (in which we came 3rd last year). Overall, the rugby club is a great way to meet some new people and make some new friends. If you have any questions/want to make yourself known then contact one of us.


Rugby (Women’s)

Jessie Downing (j.m.downing@durham.ac.uk)

Newly set up! Keep your eyes on weekly emails and the Freshers’ Page for more info on how to join.


Running

Jonny Whitehead (jonathan.j.whitehead@durham.ac.uk)

Group runs organised by the exec have not only introduced people to running routes around Durham but also enabled people to meet each other and socialise through this popular sport. Also important is the club’s Facebook group, which has enabled members to connect and organise their own runs. All abilities are welcome as runs of different levels take place and the most important thing is to just enjoy the runs, and of course the socials! The DUCK Santa Charity Fun Run this year was a brilliant opportunity for our club to interact with a wider university society and raise money for charity, and events like this are sure to continue next year. We have had a fantastic first year and hope you will join us in helping the next be just as good.


Squash

Chris Hierons (christopher.hierons@durham.ac.uk)

St. Mary’s College Squash Club (SMCSC) comes together once a week on a Saturday to play squash at Maiden Castle, the University sports centre. The club is semi-competitive but welcomes all players of any ability – both novices and those with more experience are very welcome! The club currently has two teams with a Men’s and Woman’s A team who compete regularly in the intercollege leagues. The squash club also represents Mary’s college at the College Festival of Sport and the Mary’s vs Trevs Varsity. Joining the squash club gives you a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, get fit and play an active role in Mary’s sport.


Swimming

Millie Hubbard (amelia.hubbard@durham.ac.uk)

Newly set up! Keep your eyes on weekly emails and the Freshers’ Page for more info on how to join.


Table Tennis

Ben McCash (benjamin.mccash@durham.ac.uk)

The club meets once every week for training in the college basement where we do a mixture of drills, match-play and fun games. We’re a tight-knit group, and sessions are played in a friendly, sociable atmosphere. In addition our very own college principal, Simon Hackett, is a table tennis whizz, known to show off his skills and invite us to use his ball machine for practice! Last year, we had our most successful ever season. The A team won the Premiership title and the College Festival of Sport competition, achievements that saw us named Sports Club of the year for Mary’s. The B team, meanwhile, finished 4th in Division 1. Overall, we were Team Mary’s most successful club. Determined to retain our title and improve our B team, we are in need of some new players. If you are interested in one of our teams, or just fancy playing casually, please visit our stand at the fair.


Tennis

Tom Howard (thomas.howard2@durham.ac.uk) and Dom Vincent (dominic.vincent@durham.ac.uk)

Mary’s Tennis is a friendly, vibrant club that offers matches against other colleges in the Easter term for the more competitive players, as well as training sessions throughout the year (or at least when the weather is warm enough!) for all abilities. Last year Mary’s A finished 3rd in the Premiership and the B team narrowly missed out on promotion to the premiership finishing 2nd in Division 1. Hopefully both teams can improve upon these already impressive placings this year! SMCTC has also been fortunate enough to have the court in college completely repainted as well as new posts and net fitted. If you’d like to find out more, check out the ‘SMC Tennis Club’ Facebook page or come visit us at the Freshers’ Fair!


Ultimate Frisbee

Lara MacFadyen (lara.b.macfadyen@durham.ac.uk), Samuel Tribe (samuel.j.tribe@durham.ac.uk) and Havi Thakral (havishyan.thakral@durham.ac.uk)

Ultimate Frisbee is an exhilarating mixture between American football and netball, played with a flying disc. Our club is relatively new but we have already enjoyed a lot of success. Ultimate is an easy game to pick up no matter what your experience level or athletic ability (the vast majority of our team had never played before uni), and maintaining the spirit of the game is always paramount to winning. If this still isn’t enough to convince you to join in, it is widely regarded that MUF have the best kits in all of Durham!


Volleyball

Lewis Smith (lewis.j.smith@durham.ac.uk)