On Friday 12 January alumni from around the world came back to Dundee for a game of Netball. The club’s current president, Abbie Dunn, gives us a rundown of weekend.
It’s Friday night and semester two is merely days away. Students from across the world are slowly starting to repopulate the city, eagerly anticipating the start of a new year. However, for Dundee Uni Netball Club, this is not just any weekend – it’s THE weekend of the year.
At our alumni weekend, we welcome back current players and graduates alike, with girls flocking from across the globe to celebrate the continued success of our club – in true DUNC style. This year, as well as girls returning from all four corners of the UK, we even had graduates coming over from Australia and New Zealand! The fun kicks off with some snacks and a few drinks at our current sponsor pub – The Tinsmith – and continues in high spirits as we catch up with our long-lost friends. For our younger members, this is a chance to meet the girls who lay the foundations of the club we play in today, and for us oldies it’s a convenient way to catch up with all the girls with busy lives whom we haven’t seen since the last alumni gathering. Great company ensures night one goes off without a hitch (much to the delight of myself and our Social Secs – Lucy and Evie).
Those new found friendships are quickly forgotten as current DUNC players and the Alumni battle it out for the highly coveted Alumni cup! The round-robin tournament sees our BUCS teams play against the Alumni, each hoping to prove themselves to the girls who came before them. Sadly, our slightly worse for wear youngsters were no match for the Alumni on this occasion, with our graduates claiming a convincing win. They may be old, but they’re definitely still #redhot at heart. Several winning-selfies and gloating chants later, we head back to Tinsmith for match teas, fuelling ourselves for the night ahead.
The Saturday evening is a truly classy affair, even by DUNC’s standards. We spend the night exchanging stories. The alumni tell tales of their post-uni lives, proving to us all that there’s a good life to be had after DUNC. Sadly, time flies when you’re having this much fun, and all of a sudden, it’s time to say goodbye to friends both old and new. The weekend is now behind us, but one thing’s for sure – DUNC girls past and present can take some comfort knowing that they’ll always be welcomed back to the club.
Until next year alumni.