Brunel began their London University League campaign in style with a 41-9 thrashing of Middlesex University thanks to a tireless second half display.
The inaugural round of the first ever University only handball league in the UK threw-off on the 2nd November. Brunel, playing their first game under new coach Constantin Iolea, had retained many of their homegrown players from the previous year, as well as adding to the squad with several talented students from abroad. They faced a Middlesex side, who although had struggled in pre-season, had managed to beat Brunel twice out of their three meetings last season.
Brunel started quickly, and after only a few minutes had raced into a 6-1 lead, mainly thanks to goals from left-back Sam Crocker and top scorer Felipe De Barros Barreto. Brunel continued to stretch their lead, playing well considering the first team had only had a handful of training sessions to prepare. Goals from Dries Van Bever and Jonathan Berg, playing his first game as pivot, ensured Brunel went into the break with a 15-5 lead.
Come the second half Brunel moved up a gear. Their quick play and fast-breaks meant the Middlesex team, short on substitutes, were starting to tire and became unable to keep up with the high tempo. An inspired second half from debuting novice, and goalkeeper, Sean Dorling ensured Brunel kept the score ticking over, while Middlesex struggled to find a way through. After netting an astonishing 26 goals in the second half the final score stood at 41-9, with the Middlesex goalkeeper scoring the final goal of the game following a hopeful but deflected shot.
The result means Brunel now sit at the top of the league after the first round, with their next game against favourites Imperial on November 23rd. But after a promising first game, BUHC have already set their sights on the title this year.
Sean Dorling (GK), Matt Norris, Remy Khan (2), Oli Barton (2), Huan Andrade (2), Paul Bazin (3), Jonathan Berg (3), Gilbert Lewis (4), Dries Van Bever (6), Sam Crocker (9), Felipe De Barros Barreto (10).