By Harry Mottram: below are the fixtures and results plus information of the various sports teams and clubs – I try to keep them up to date but do send in your results and news to email@example.com
Sports listed in Alphabetical Order
American Football: Bath Killer Bees: The Bath Killer Bees are current members of the British Universities American Football League (BUAFL)’s South Western Atlantic Conference (SWAC). They are recruiting for the 2023/24 season to begin our assault on BUCS South West Division 1. Season restarts in the autumn. See their website for details. https://www.thesubath.com/americanfootball/
29/10/23 – Bournemouth University Bobcats (A)
12/11/23 – Exeter Demons (A)
19/11/23 – Southampton Stags (H)
26/11/23 – Southampton Stags (A)
03/12/23 – Exeter Demons (H)
10/12/23 – Bristol University Barracuda (A)
28/01/24 – Bristol University Barracuda (H)
04/02/24 – Bournemouth University Bobcats (H)
Athletics: Team bath Athletics Club is based at the University of Bath Sports Training Village and is open to all abilities and ages from 7 upwards. Sports include track and field, road and trail running, endurance and cross country. Club nights are Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm -8pm.To join and for details visit https://teambathac.org/
Badminton: Bath Badminton Club. Sports Centre, North Parade Road, Bath. The club meet on Thursday evenings all year round except certain holiday periods and August. www.bathbadminton.co.uk
Badminton: Oldfield Park Badminton Club, Hayesfield Sports Hall Upper Oldfield Lane. www.badmintoninbath.co.uk/
Badminton: Bath Women’s Badminton Club. Sports Centre, North Parade Road, Bath. www.bathwomensbadmintonclub.net/
Boules: City of Bath Pétanque Club. The club plays Pétanque and is open to all, with juniors and non-players welcome. If you haven’t played before, give it a go. The club is based at Larkhall Sports Club but they also play in Queen Square Wednesday mornings, weather permitting.
Bowling: Bath Bowling Club. Based at Pulteney Road the club is open for membership to anyone who wishes to take up the sport, whether you wish to play socially, competitively or both. The outdoor season is normally from April to September and your first year’s membership is free of charge. Pop along and come in and see us, have a drink and watch a game. Visit https://www.bathbowlingclub.com/
Cricket: Bath Cricket Club: The club is based at North Parade and was founded in 1859 and has a long and interesting history charted on their website at https://www.bathcricket.com/
There are four main teams with the first team’s fixtures listed below – with two elevens of the Bath Wanderers Women sides and an U19’s XI as well. Plus, there are teams for girls from U10s to U15s, and youth cricket for the same ages – to join or for more info visit the website.
The men’s first team play in the West of England Premier Cricket League (WEPL), the ECB National Club Championship, the ECB T20 competition and the Somerset Cup.
Fixture list and results for the First XI:
• Thu 6 Jul. Home. Somerset Cup. V Lansdown. Won by 56 runs.
• Sat 8 Jul. Away. WEPL V Frocester. Abandoned.
• Sat 15 Jul. Home. WEPL V Taunton St Andrews. Won by 4wkts.
• Sat 22 Jul. Home. WEPL V Bridgwater. Cancelled.
• Sat 29 Jul. Away. WEPL V Chippenham. Won by 56 runs.
• Sat 5 Aug. Home. WEPL V Potterne. Won by 82 runs.
• Sat 12 Aug. Away. WEPL V Bristol. Won by 6 wkts.
• Sat 19 Aug. Home. WEPL V Lansdown. Won by 10 wkts.
• Sat 26 Aug. Away. WEPL V Bedminster. Lost by 4 runs.
• Sat 2 Sep. Home. WEPL V Taunton Deane.
Cricket: Bath Wanderers Women Cricket Club
The team will take part in the West of England Premier Cricket League (WEPL) this season with games:
• Sun 11 June Home V Royal Wootton Bassett. Won by 191 runs.
• Sun 2 Jul Home. WEPL V Taunton. Won by 61 runs.
• Sun 16 Jul Home. WEPL V Devizes. Abandoned.
• Sun 23 Jul. Away. WEPL V Bridgwater. On by 124 runs.
• Sun 30 Jul. Away. WEPL V Golden Hill. Cancelled.
• Sun 13 Aug. Away. WEPL V Frenchay. Won by 65 runs.
Cricket: Bear Flat Cricket Club
Established in 1982, the Bears are in Division 1 of the Wiltshire County Cricket League (WCCL) on Saturdays, with a home ground at The Glasshouse Academy, Bradford Road, Combe Down, Bath; there’s also games in Division 7 Blue of the Somerset Monmouth League on Saturdays, home ground the Ken Willcox Ground, Peasedown St John, Bath; and friendlies against clubs based in Somerset/Wiltshire on Sundays; and T20 games against clubs based in Somerset/Wiltshire midweek; plus they participation in the Somerset Knock Out cup.
For more details of the various teams plus the youth and children teams visit https://bearflatcc.org.uk/
First XI fixtures and results:
• Sat Jul 1. Away. V Chippenham. Won by 32 runs.
• Sat Jul 8. Away. V Trowbridge. Drawn. Won by 10 runs
• Sat 15 Jul. Home. V Swindon. Won by 30 runs.
• Sat 22 Jul. Away. V Purton. Cancelled.
• Sat 12 Aug. Home. V Malmsbury. Won by 62 runs.
• Sat 19 Aug. Away V Marlborough. Won by 73 runs.
• Sat 26 Aug. Away V Calne. Abandoned.
• Mon 28 Aug. Away V Hinton Charterhouse.
• Sat 2 Sept. Home V Chippenham.
Cricket: Hampset Cricket Club: based at Bloomfield Rise, Odd Down, Bath, the club was founded in 1940 and features a large number of elevens including the Scholars, development XI, midweek Saturday and Sunday elevens, junior teams from under 9s to u13s and indoor squads. The 1st XI play in the Bristol & District Cricket Association – First Division 2023. Details at https://hampsetcc.play-cricket.com/home
First XI fixtures and recent results:
• Sat 1 Jul. Away. V Whitchurch. Lost by 93 runs.
• Sat 8 Jul. Away. V Lodway. Lost by 6 wkts.
• Sat 15 Jul. Home. V Downend. Won by 146 runs.
• Sat 22 Jul. Away V Portishead. Cancelled.
• Sat 29 Jul. Home V Lansdown. Won by 1 wkt.
• Sat 5 Aug. Away V Knowle CC. Cancelled.
• Sat 12 Aug. Home V Keynsham. Won by 4wkts.
• Sat 19 Aug. Home V Cleeve. Won by 33 runs.
• Sat 26 Aug. Home V Winterbourne lost by 64 runs.
• Sat 2 Sep. Home V Whitchurch.
Cricket: Somerset County Cricket Club
The club are based at the county ground in Taunton although in the past have played some matches at Bath and Weston-super-Mare. They are in the top flight of the cricket structure and have two first class elevens plus a women’s team and female players can be selected for the regional team Western Storm. For details visit https://somersetcountycc.co.uk/
News: the club are enjoying a good season with an unbeaten run of results.
Men 1st XI
• Sun 2 July (VB) Home V Kent. Won by 15 runs.
• Mon 10 Jul (LVICC) Home V Hampshire. Match drawn.
• Wed 19 Jul (LVICC) Away V Northamptonshire
• Tue 25 Jul (LVICC) Home V Surrey. Lost by 10 wkts.
• Sun 30 Jul (Minor CC) Away V Devon. Won by 4 wkts.
• Tue 1 Aug. (Minor CC) Away. V Cornwall. Won by 63 runs.
• Fri 4 Aug. (One day Cup) Home V Warwickshire. Lost by 4 wkts.
• Sun 6 Aug. (One day Cup) Home. V Worcestershire. Won by 87 runs.
• Wed 9 Aug. (One day Cup) Away. V Northamptonshire Lost by 87 runs.
• Fri 11 Aug. (One day Cup) Home V Sussex. Lost by 4 wkts.
• Sun 13 Aug. (One day Cup) Away. V Gloucestershire. Lost by 198 runs.
• Sun 20 Aug. (One Day Cup) Home. V Glamorgan. Lost by 2 wks.
• Tue 22 Aug. (One Day Cup) Away. V Derbyshire. Won by 72 runs.
• Sun 2 Sep. LVICC. Away. V Hampshire.
• Tue 19 Sep. LVICC. Home. V Kent.
• Tue 26 Sep. LVICC. Away. V Warwickshire.
Croquet: Bath Croquet Club
To join or for more info contact Hester Henebury on email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.bathcroquet.com/
Cycling: Bath Cycling Club welcomes new members of all ages and abilities – visit https://www.bathcc.net/
Cycling: Bike Bath
The annual cycling event has been put off this year until 2024.
Equestrian: Bath Racecourse
There are meetings throughout September check https://www.bath-racecourse.co.uk/whats-on for details.
Equestrian: Blenheim Horse Trials: OK – it’s not on our doorstep but for those needing a fix head down the M4. 14-17 Sept. Woodstock.
Football: Bath City FC. Bath play in the National League South, the sixth tier of the football pyramid. The home ground is Twerton Park and the manager is Jerry Gill. Known as the Romans and play in black and white vertical stripes.
• Tue 4 Jul. Friendly. Away V Shaftesbury. Draw 0-0.
• Sat 8 Jul. Friendly. Away V Frome Town. Won 0-2.
• Tue 11 Jul. Friendly. Home V Bristol City U23s. Lost 1-2.
• Sat 15 Jul. Friendly. Home V Exeter City. Draw 0-0
• Tue 18 Jul. Friendly. Away V Tiverton. Draw 2-2
Tue 25 Jul. friendly. Home V Gloucester. Win 2-0.
• Sat 29 Jul. Friendly. Away V Yate Town. Win 0-2.
• Sat 5 Aug. VNLS. Away V Dartford. Draw 3-3.
• Sat 12 Aug. VNLS. Home V Maidstone. Win 3-0.
• Tue 15 Aug. VNLS. Home V Weston-super-Mare. Lost 2-6.
• Sat 19 Aug. VNLS. Away v Eastbourne. Won 2-1.
• Sat 26 Aug. VNLS. Home V Hampton and Richmond. Won 3-1.
• Mon 28 Aug. VNLS. Away V St Albans. Won 2-0.
• Sat 2 Sep. VNLS. Home V Havant and Waterlooville
• Tue 5 Sep. VNLS. Away V Truro
• Sat 9 Sep. VNLS. Away V Welling
• Sat 16 Sep. FA Cup.
• Sat 23 Sep. VNLS. Home V Dover
• Sat 30 Sep. FA Cup
• Sat 7 Oct. VNLS. Away V Braintree
Football: Bath City Women
The Bath City Women Development Team will play in the Somerset County Women’s League in Division 2 North starting on September 3rd. They will play their home games at Lansdown South, the pitches that Bath City Youth have recently taken over, with at least one fixture at Twerton Park before the end of their season.
• Sun 23 Jul. Friendly. Away V Weston-super-Mare. Win 0-2.
• Sun 6 Aug. Home. V Warminster. KO 2pm. Lost 1-3.
• Sun 3 Sep. Home V Weymouth. KO 2pm.
• Sun 10 Sep. Bye in the FA Cup.
• Sun 17 Sep. Away V Poole. KO 2pm.
• Sun 24 Sep. Home V Purton. KO 2pm.
• Sun 1 Oct. Away V Glos/Ciren. FA Cup.
• Sun 8 Oct. Home V Stockwood. KO 2pm.
Football: Larkhall Athletic FC. Founded in 1914 the Larks play in the Southern League Division One South (SLD1S) and are based at the Securitas Stadium, Plain Ham. With a development team, a youth team and a women’s team the Larks are one of the leading outfits in the city. They are part of Larkhall Sports Club. Visit https://larkhallathletic.com/
First Team fixtures and results:
• Sat 2 Sep. FA Cup 1Q. Home V Moneyfields. 3pm
• Sat 9 Sep. FA Trophy 1Q. Home V Willand Rovers. 3pm
• Sat 16 Sep. (SLD1S). Home V Bashley. 3pm
• Tue 26 Sep. (SLD1S). Away V Malvern. 7.45pm
• Sat 30 Sep. (SLD1S). Home V Bemerton. 3pm
• Sat 7 Oct. (SLD1S). Away V Wimborne. 3pm
Football: Odd Down FC. They are currently members of the Western League Division One (WLD1) and play at the Lew Hill Memorial Ground.
• Tue 18 Jul. Friendly. Home V Trowbridge Town. 0-4.
• Tue 25 Jul. Friendly. Home V Melksham Town. 1-4.
• Sat 29 Aug. WLD1. Away V Bristol Telephones. 3-1.
• Tue 1 Aug. WLD1. Home V Hallen. 2-2.
• Sat 5 Aug. WLD1. Away V Portishead. Lost 6-0.
• Tue 8 Aug. WLD1. Home V Gillingham. 3-3.
• Sat 12 Aug. WLD1. Home V Brislington. Lost 0-7.
• Tue 15 Aug. WLD1. Away V Wincanton. Lost 2-1.
• Sat 19 Aug. WLD1. Home V Wells Won 1-2.
• Tue 22 Aug. WLD1. Away V Bitton. Lost 6-2.
• Sat 26 Aug. FA Vase. Away v Stonehouse. Lost on pens.
• Tue 29 Aug. WLD1. Away V Keynsham. Lost 7-2.
• Sat 2 Sep. WLD1. Home V Cheddar
• Sat 9 Sep. WLD1. Home V Middlezoy
• Sat 12 Sep. WLD1. Away V Bradford
• Sat 16 Sep. WLD1. Home V Boco H
• Sat 26 Sep. WDL1. Home V Cribbs
• Sat 30 Sep. WDL1. Away V Longwell G
• Wed 4 Oct. Cup. Away v Wellington
• Sat 7 Oct. WDL1. Home V Shirehampton
• Tue 10 Oct. WDL1. Home V Bristol Tel
Hockey: City of Bath Hockey Club
City of Bath were formed from a merger between Bath & Phillipians Hockey Club’s and they play at Lansdown.
Hockey: Team Bath Buccaneers Hockey Club
Team Bath Buccaneers is one of the largest and most successful Hockey Clubs in the West of England with over 800 members. Open to new members. Based at University of Bath.
Hockey: Team Bath Hockey Club
The University of Bath Hockey Club has six men’s and six ladies’ teams who play in the British University & Colleges (BUCS) leagues on Wednesdays. Based at University of Bath.
Modern Pentathlon: Team GB had an incredible performance at the home World Championships held at the University of Bath, with a seven-strong squad qualifying across the women’s and men’s finals.
Super Sunday saw both finals take place with World titles and Olympic qualification up for grabs. GB were the only women’s team to have all four athletes qualify for the final, maximising their chances for that all important Paris 2024 spot.
After the fencing qualification, in the women’s event, Kerenza Bryson, Olivia Green and Jess Varley put themselves in strong positions going into the final, Emma Whitaker had some work to do but soon moved up through the positions after a strong ride in the first event of the morning. Bryson went from strength to strength with three wins in the bonus round fencing, winning the discipline overall.
After a good swim from all four girls, the laser run saw Olivia Green starting in fourth, Kerenza Bryson in sixth, Jess Varley in eleventh and Emma Whitaker in thirteenth. Varley and Whitaker put in a great run with them both claiming top 10 spots, finishing ninth and tenth respectively.
Ultimately, Kerenza Bryson was the stand-out performance for the girls, after a strong day across the five disciplines, she secured a bronze medal and an all-important qualification quota for Paris 2024. Team GB women also secured a silver team medal with fantastic performances from all four of our finalists – Kerenza Bryson (3rd), Olivia Green (8th), Jess Varley (9th) and Emma Whitaker (10th).
Bryson said: “I ran out of the last range sprinting and held on for dear life. It wasn’t until I looked back with 70m to go and saw I had some ground that it started to sink in. [Hearing the crowd] shouting every time you run past them puts a smile on your face. I want to say a massive thank you to my friends and family; to UK Sport and the National Lottery for funding us; to 165 Port and Maritime, my Army family who are standing behind me and allowing me to do this; and to Pentathlon GB for hosting this amazing event. I’m so grateful to everyone.”
The Men’s final featured a British trio, Charlie Brown, Myles Pillage and current Olympic Champion Joe Choong defending his World Championship title.
The fencing qualifications set Joe up for a strong start which was added to with a great ride, in which he picked up just a seven-point deduction with no riders across the finals having a clear run. Charlie and Myles on the other hand had a challenging run picking up a 50-point and a 32-point deduction respectively.
Myles recorded the fastest swim of the day with all three having a strong third event to set them up for the laser run. Joe was in pole position, giving himself a 10-second head start leading into the final combined run-shoot discipline. After a rocky season with recent injury, Joe Choong put in an incredible performance to retain his World Championship title proving exactly why he’s reigning World and Olympic Champion.
Teammates Myles Pillage and Charlie Brown finished 13th and 17th, enough to secure GB the silver team medal.
Joe said: “To be honest, three weeks ago I wasn’t even sure I would be competing as I tore my calf muscle, so I’m absolutely speechless that I won this competition. The crowd has been absolutely amazing and thank you so much for coming, it’s been one of the favourite competitions I’ve ever done.”
The Modern Pentathlon World Championships will conclude on Monday 28 August with the Mixed Relay Finals.
Netball: Team Bath Netball.
Team Bath Netball’s age-group teams competed in the 2023 Netball Performance League (NPL) Tournament, in Nottingham from 27-30 July and came fourth.
NPL tournament squads
Team Bath Netball U21: Ife Danso, Ellie Ervine, George Ford, Ellie Gabriel, Amaya Herold, Charlotte Jennings-Evans, Lily Jones, Sophie Kelly, Phoebe Maslen, Effie Robinson, Olivia Selby, Poppy Tydeman. Coaches: Natalie Roddy, Anya Le Monnier. Team manager: Vicky Carnall.
Team Bath Netball U19: Isobel Bailey, Ashleigh Browne, Alice Clark, Daisy Harrison, Becca Hinkins, Faye Kinsella, Roisin O’Rourke, Erin Peskin, Lily Rutland, Thea Rhodes, Charlotte Steer, Holly Thompson. Coaches: Holly Duerden, Layla Slade. Team manager: Roni Peck.
Team Bath Netball U17: Izzy Baker, Sascha Dale, Ane De Wet, Mae Haines, Sope Ilelaboye, Sophie Lock, Zoe Maynard, Neve Mortimer, Fechi Ofakor, Olivia Pitt, Alice Potter, Martha Vujicic. Coaches: Chantelle Cox, Brittany Johnson. Team manager: Kelly Browne.
Team Bath’s different squads pulled off some great results in the U17s winning 37-25 against Leeds, the U19s taking Loughborough’s scalp 29-16 and the under 21s beating London 37-32. Final tables:
Rugby: Bath Rugby Union Club Men
Details at https://www.bathrugby.com/
The Blue, Black and White finished eighth in the Gallagher Premiership, securing their place in the Champions Cup in their last game of the season against Saracens. The club has had confirmation of the teams it is set to face in the Champions Cup pool stages in 2023/24. Taking place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the home of next year’s final, Sarra Elgan and Vincent Pochulu announced Bath Rugby’s fate for their European campaign. Being drawn in Pool 2, Bath Rugby will take on two French teams in the form of Top14 Champions, Stade Toulousain, along with Racing 92 and the URC’s Cardiff Rugby and Ulster Rugby. Bath Rugby have also drawn Harlequins, however under the Champions Cup’s new format, teams within the same league drawn into the same pool will not play each other.
Within the new format, the Champions Cup sees four pools of six teams, totalling 24 teams. The teams are split into two tiers; the four winning teams from the 2022/23 leagues (Munster, La Rochelle, Stade Toulousain and Saracens) make up Tier 1, with the remaining 20 qualifying teams placed into Tier 2. In a club first, the Blue, Black and White will take on Racing 92 who finished fifth in the Top14, giving new signing Finn Russell the chance to front up against his former French side.
Recent Top14 winners, Stade Toulousain, may also get the chance to visit The Rec, giving Bath a shot at redemption after a narrow 20-22 defeat the last time the French champions were in town in 2018.
Cardiff Rugby, who picked up the Welsh Shield for 2022/23, were handed a 38-3 hammering in 2016 and will look for retaliation come the pool stages.
Northern Ireland-based outfit Ulster Rugby, who were knocked out in this year’s URC 2022/23 quarter finals, complete Bath Rugby’s Pool fixtures for 2023/24.
Round 1 – 8/9/10 December 2023
Round 2 – 15/16/17 December 2023
Round 3 – 12/13/14 January 2024
Round 4 – 19/20/21 January 2024
Round of 16 – 5/6/7 April 2024
Quarter-finals – 12/13/14 April 2024
Semi-finals – 3/4/5 May 2024
Final – Saturday 25 May 2024, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Premiership Rugby Cup
• Fri 8 Sep. Away V Cornish Pirates. Premiership Rugby Cup
• Sat 16 Sep. Home V Jersey Reds. Premiership Rugby Cup
• Sat 23 Sep. Home V London Scottish. Premiership Rugby Cup
• Sat 30 Sep. Away V Northampton.
• Fri 6 Oct. Away V Edinburgh. Friendly
• Sun 8 Oct. Home V Exeter. Premiership Rugby Cup TBC
Rugby: Bath Rugby Ladies Club Women
For details see https://www.bathrugbyladies.com/
Rugby: Bath Saracens RFC
Bath Saracens are an amateur rugby club competing in the Dorset & Wilts 3 Central. Formed on 13th March 1947, Bath Saracens are still going strong 75 years on. All welcome to train at Lambridge Training Ground in Bath every Thursday night between 19.30 and 21.00. See https://www.englandrugby.com/home
Rugby: Comb Down RFC
in 1896 the club currently play home fixtures at Holly’s Corner, Bramble Way. Details at https://combedownrfc.rfu.club/
Based at Bath Leisure Centre and established in 1899, Bath Dolphin Swimming Club (BDSC) is one of the oldest swimming clubs in the South West Region. They provide competitive swimming opportunities for young swimmers through to a masters swimming group.
As a holder of the Swim England quality accreditation, Swim Mark, they offer a year round competitive swim team with high quality coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities.
Tennis: Bloomfield Tennis Club was founded in 1927 and is located at 98 Wellsway, Bath. The club welcomes new members. To join visit https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/BloomfieldTennisClub
Tennis: Bath Tennis Club is at Park Lane, Weston, and bills itself at a friendly club. The club has a number of membership categories ranging from pay as you go to full membership. For details visit www.bathtc.co.uk
Tennis: Team Bath Tennis. There were high hopes at Wimbledon with Team Bath Tennis player Alicia Barnett and women’s doubles partner Olivia Nicholls in the first round of the Ladies Doubles when they took on a pair of Russians. Barnett and Nicholls lost out 0-6, 3-6 to the Russian duo of Liudmila Samsonova and Veronika Kudermetova in a match delayed by two days due to rain earlier in the week on Court 6. They made a disappointing start failing to win a game in the opening set but picked it up in the second set but ultimately lost the match as the Russians proved just too strong.