January 29, 2015, by Lee Chrimes
BUCS round-up 28 January 2015
Nottingham faced their most testing week of the BUCS season to date and were pushed to the limit to claim 23 wins and 4 draws.
Men’s Fencing started off the New Year as they finished 2014, beating Warwick 1st team 119-108 to move into second place in Midlands 1A. That is now three straight victories for the team who have moved to within six points of Leicester with a game in hand. At home, the 2nd team beat Staffordshire (Stoke) 1st team 115-102 at Sutton Bonington and will look to rival Aston for second position in the coming weeks.
The Football Club also recorded a clean sweep this Wednesday, with the Men’s 3rd and 4th XIs and the Women’s 1st XI in action. The 3rd XI’s 4-1 defeat of Birmingham means they are now only three points off the top in Midland 3A, whilst the 4th XI have leapfrogged Cambridge and Trent to go top of 4B. The Women’s 1st XI took a huge step towards the title with a 2-1 victory over Loughborough away from home and extended their unbeaten run to six games in the process.
The Men’s 1st team Table Tennis again displayed their title credentials by thrashing Leeds 1st 16-1 at Jubilee Sports Centre and the 2nd team followed suit with a 15-2 drubbing of East Anglia 1st team. The biggest result for the club was the 3rd team’s thrilling 9-8 victory over rivals Trent, which not only moves them a step closer to safety, but also means they are only three points off second place.
At Highfields, a full strength Men’s Rugby Union 2nd XV started the spring term off as they mean to go on, overpowering Oxford Brookes 21-14 and there were also comfortable wins for the Women’s 1st and 2nd XVs, beating De Montfort 1st 35-0 and Lincoln 1st 51-0 respectively.
Nottingham Tennis Centre also boasted a fine victory for the Men’s Tennis 1st team, in fact they hardly had to break sweat during their 12-0 trouncing of Trent. Likewise, the Volleyball club enjoyed the rub of the green at home as the Men’s 1st team cemented their position at the top of the table following a 3-0 win over Coventry 1st and the Women’s 1st team beat struggling Derby by the same score line.
The Men’s Lacrosse 1st team had no trouble negotiating their game against Manchester 1st and, remaining in second place, will be hoping that Durham slip up in their final two games. Elsewhere, the men’s 2nd team had to share the spoils with Birmingham, but the draw means they only need a point against Staffordshire (Stoke) next week to guarantee they win Midlands 2A. A mention must go to the Ladies’ 2nd team who recorded their first win of the season against a strong Loughborough 2nd team, coming out 8-6 winners.
Finally, the Women’s Basketball teams enjoyed an intra-club game this week; however the 1st team easily overcame their peers 91-21 to extend the gap at the top of the league to six points.
The University remains 3rd in the BUCS standing, with the 1667 league points now amassed increasing the overall tally to 1895.
Position and points accurate at time of press
BUCS weekly report by Sebastian Chmielinski