Michael Darlow
When our brilliant media chair Kirsty Capes told me she wanted an article describing my favourite bits of my final year at Brunel in 250 words, I thought it was going to be a difficult task as it is, from explaining this issue I have now wasted another 56 and made this a whole lot harder.
I was trying to work out where I would start and the beginning made sense to me, my first highlight would be my first game as the Brunel Basketball 1st team captain, we were playing against London South Bank in front of a massive crowd and I knew we had to play well in order to reach our goal of playing in the BUCS final 8’s. I did not play well on a personal level but it was great to play again after a long summer and win against our rivals starting the season on a high!
My second favourite moment was reaching the BUCS final 8’s, this is a tournament held at the University of East London and the top 8 teams in the country compete to decide who will win the title. Brunel were without a doubt the underdogs and we did finish 8th but the manner in which we competed against teams far superior to us made me very proud to captain those group of players and represent Brunel University.
My last and without a doubt favourite memory of this year is Varsity, I really thought we were going to have the same outcome as last year during our basketball game. The odds were against us being 15 down at the half, I knew we needed to win to give Brunel a chance of retaining that illustrious shield.
The performance from our cheerleaders gave all of us a burst of energy and made me give one of the cringiest speeches ever spoken in the Sports Centre. But it seemed to work, we were scoring and Simmies just couldn’t. The crowd were amazing and pulled us out of the mess we had got ourselves in to. Every point was cheered and the whole game will be something I never forget, to finish the game playing with four of your best mates put the icing on top of the cake! And most importantly we won back Varsity!