WARWICK University cricket captain Dan Goodyear is well and truly floating on cloud nine after leading his teammates to indoor championship glory at BUCS Big Wednesday in Sheffield.
The event saw 104 student teams descend on the Steel City to compete for 50 gold medals across 14 sports with Sheffield Hallam University playing host.
After drawing with opposition Portsmouth earlier in the season, Goodyear and his teammates revelled in the opportunity to tie up loose ends, beating the south coast side by one wicket.
And despite a tough fixture, 19-year-old Goodyear admits he couldn’t be happier with his team’s performance.
“It’s difficult to put into words how great we are feeling right now,” said the second year economics student. “We’re exhausted, but it hasn’t really sunk in yet.
“We’ve come so far as a team this year, we had quite an inexperienced team coming into the season and we’ve never got past the first stage before.
“But we got on a little run and all of a sudden it became possible for us to win it.
“It couldn’t have been a closer game, and that is a good reflection or how evenly matched the two teams are.
“I couldn’t have asked for any more from my team. It’s so difficult during the winter because it’s not the main form of cricket so to ask them to give up their weekends to travel up and down the country is a lot but they couldn’t have done better.”
A gold medal was also in the bag for City of Coventry Swimming Club’s Danielle Elliot as she captained Sheffield Hallam’s water polo team to BUCS glory.
Hallam edged out Durham University 9-8 to clinch the Championship title after defeating Bristol in the semi-final earlier in the day, and Elliot, who followed in her father’s footsteps in taking up the sport, was thrilled with the win.
“We have played Durham before and it’s always close, but we beat them last time so we knew we had a good chance of winning,” said the 22-year-old.
“I am so proud of the team and how we have continued to play as a team this season, and it’s fantastic that it has culminated in this way.”
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