While Imperial is not known for it’s sporting prowess, there was a chance for the students of ‘the nerdiest university in the UK’ to showcase their athletic talents back in February. We convened at the Westway Sports Centre in an excited flock, ready for the annual business school 6-aside tournament.
Some took it more seriously than others, bringing snacks, isotonic beverages, and tactical diagrams, while others sported trainers not worn since their sixth form sports day. But there was no question that all were ready to get stuck in to some sporting action.
From the offset it looked like there was a starring Men’s team; MSc Finance. However, the undergraduate medic team showed silky footwork and strong team chemistry. With games being limited at 7 minutes, the pressure to attack was strong. A goal would most likely be a deciding one. The extremely popular ‘Team Pink’ was a fan favourite, who had an amassed an entire stand of screaming female supporters. Amongst it all, accounting lecturer Jeremy Fernando bustled about marshalling unruly players into position. Most anticipated of all the fixtures was the Joint Honors (JH) undergraduates vs Medic undergraduates. The game started with an early goal for JH due to a goalkeeping mistake. The medics, enraged by their foolish error, pressed JH with a vengeance, causing an end to end match. The medics eventually had their way, equalising the game, but were lucky when JH top scorer Adrian hit the post. The game ended in a frustrating but fair draw.
The girls started their games slightly behind schedule, around 8:30pm, and received even more support, as most of the mens teams had finished most of their games. An exciting final crowned MSc Management as winners of the women’s tournament, while the men’s was won by MSc Finance. However, by the end, the winners were indistinguishable in crowd of content, weary legged students leaving the pitch, as they happily bantered over their evening of competitive fun.