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AASE League: Newcomers among those in action in AASE 2019 Round 1

3rd September 2019
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The 2019 AASE season kicks off on Wednesday, thirteen other teams all looking to wrestle the title away from the grip of reigning champions Hartpury College.

 

Once again the league is split into two groups, North and South, with seven sides in each. The sides will play the other teams in their conference once, meaning each week one side in each conference has a bye, before the conferences split in mid-October.

 

Thirteen sides remain from last year, but there is one change. Henley College in the south are replaced by City of Oxford College. The new boys have a huge challenge first up as they travel to Hartpury College on Wednesday afternoon.

 

The only side ever to have prevented Hartpury from winning the title are Exeter College, back in 2017, and they are also at home in the opening round as they host Bristol’s SGS Filton College. St Paul’s Catholic College host Truro College in the last of the Southern Conference opening round ties, with last year’s losing finalists, Beechen Cliff, having a bye.

 

Stourport High School enter their second AASE season this year, and if the example of new entrants of years gone by is anything to go by, Exeter College and Beechen Cliff for example, then they are a side to keep an eye on.

 

Their campaign in the Northern Conference begins with a home tie against Northampton Saints’ Moulton College.

 

Saracens’ affiliates Oaklands College also kick off at home, they welcome a Bishop Burton College side that were on the rise last year and will be hoping for more of that same improvement this.

 

Meanwhile Leicester Tigers’ Brooksby Melton College will travel to Myerscough College, with arguably the most exciting team of the fourteen over the last few years, Gosforth Academy, kicking the season off with a bye.

 

Overall it promises to be an exciting AASE season, the challenge will be on for sides to close the gap on Hartpury but the likes of Exeter College and Beechen Cliff have done so in recent times. Keep an eye out for Round 5 in the South on the 2nd October when Beechen Cliff host Hartpury College in a repeat of last year’s final.

 

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AASE North Group:

 

Bishop Burton College, Brooksby Melton College, Gosforth Academy, Moulton College, Myerscough College, Oaklands College, Stourport High School.

 

AASE South Group:

 

Beechen Cliff, City of Oxford College, Exeter College, Hartpury College, SGS Filton College, St Paul’s Catholic College, Truro College

 

North Fixtures: (South Fixtures Below)

 

Round 1 (4th September)

 

Myerscough College v Brooksby Melton College

Oaklands College v Bishop Burton College

Stourport HS v Moulton College

Bye: Gosforth Academy

 

Round 2 (11th September)

 

Bishop Burton College v Gosforth Academy

Brooksby Melton College v Stourport HS

Moulton College v Oaklands College

Bye: Myerscough College

 

Round 3 (18th September)

 

Gosforth Academy v Moulton College

Oaklands College v Brooksby Melton College

Stourport HS v Myerscough College

Bye: Bishop Burton College

 

Round 4 (25th September)

 

Brooksby Melton College v Gosforth Academy

Moulton College v Bishop Burton College

Myerscough College v Oaklands College

Bye: Stourport HS

 

Round 5 (2nd October)

 

Bishop Burton College v Brooksby Melton College

Gosforth Academy v Myerscough College

Oaklands College v Stourport HS

Bye: Moulton College

 

Round 6 (9th October)

 

Brooksby Melton College v Moulton College

Myerscough College v Bishop Burton College

Stourport HS v Gosforth Academy

Bye: Oaklands College

 

Round 7 (16th October)

 

Bishop Burton College v Stourport HS

Gosforth Academy v Oaklands College

Moulton College v Myerscough College

Bye: Brooksby Melton College

 

South Fixtures:

 

Round 1 (4th September)

 

Exeter College v SGS Filton College

Hartpury College v City of Oxford College

St Paul’s Catholic College v Truro College

Bye: Beechen Cliff

 

Round 2 (11th September)

 

City of Oxford College v St Paul’s Catholic College

SGS Filton College v Beechen Cliff

Truro College v Exeter College

Bye: Hartpury College

 

Round 3 (18th September)

 

Beechen Cliff v Truro College

Exeter College v City of Oxford College

St Paul’s Catholic College v Hartpury College

Bye: SGS Filton College

 

Round 4 (25th September)

 

City of Oxford College v Beechen Cliff

Hartpury College v Exeter College

Truro College v SGS Filton College

Bye: St Paul’s Catholic College

 

Round 5 (2nd October)

 

Beechen Cliff v Hartpury College

Exeter College v St Paul’s Catholic College

SGS Filton College v City of Oxford College

Bye: Truro College

 

Round 6 (9th October)

 

City of Oxford College v Truro College

Hartpury College v SGS Filton College

St Paul’s Catholic College v Beechen Cliff

Bye: Exeter College

 

Round 7 (16th October)

 

Beechen Cliff v Exeter College

SGS Filton College v St Paul’s Catholic College

Truro College v Hartpury College

Bye: City of Oxford College