November 28, 2014, by Lee Chrimes
BUCS round-up 26 November 2014
Nottingham headed into a big week of cup fixtures with a point to prove after last Wednesday’s disappointing return. However, on a gloomy day in the Midlands, eight teams progressed to the Last 16 in the Trophy Cup and fourteen booked their place in the Quarter Finals of the Conference Cup. With 28 wins and 2 draws, our teams equalled the season-high win ratio of 56%.
There was a big green tidal wave for Rugby Union, taking a clean sweep for all four teams. It was fortress Riverside Sports Complex this week; the Men’s 3rd XV easily beat Harper Adams 31-3 to maintain their good form and the 4th XV enhanced their reputation as cup specialists by winning 23-11 against Lincoln 1st XV (who had previously beaten our 3rd XV). Likewise, the Women’s 1st XV had no trouble against York, winning 63-0 in the Trophy Cup. Nevertheless, the result of the day took place at Highfields where the Men’s 1st XV claimed a huge scalp by beating second place Loughborough 17-10 to move further to safety in Premier North A.
Men’s Hockey also enjoyed a rout in week seven, winning all three of their fixtures in league and cup. The 1st XI still remain in contention for top spot after making the long trip to Leeds for a 5-2 win, and the 2nd and 3rd teams both kept clean sheets in beating Trent and Warwick respectively. There was more success for Women’s Hockey as the 1st XI posted a 2-2 with Leeds and the 3rd XI were ruthless in their 7-0 demolition of Harper Adams 1st.
University Park returned some fruitful scores, and it was a successful afternoon for Men’s Table Tennis 1st who remain three points behind table toppers Trent following a 12-5 victory against Warwick. All in all, there were many sound beatings at home – Women’s Basketball 1st 115-18 demolition of Birmingham being the most obvious. Elsewhere at Jubilee, Women’s Volleyball 1st overcame Manchester 2nd in the Trophy Cup and the 2nd team beat Lincoln 1st 3-1.
Our other cup experts, Squash, also finished the day off with a 100% win record. The Men’s 3rd team beat De Montfort 1st 2-1 and the Women’s 3rd and 4th teams both beat 1st team opponents to ensure representation in the last 16 of the Conference Cup.
Another big result was Men’s Rugby League 2nd team, who, after a difficult start of the league campaign, turned over Derby 1st 32-6 to give them a huge boost going back into Midlands 2A.
The cup action preserves Nottingham’s 4th place position in the overall BUCS league with 1713 points, including 54 in the cup. Next Wednesday sees the return to a big week of league fixtures.
Position and points accurate at time of press
BUCS weekly report by Sebastian Chmielinski