February 12, 2015, by Lee Chrimes
BUCS round-up 11 February 2015
In terms of fixtures, Week 13 was the second busiest this season, and the 35 wins and 2 draws produced an ever-increasing win rate of 49%. With the end of the season drawing closer, there was a huge amount at stake as teams battled it out at both ends of their respective tables.
The Table Tennis club played a total of twelve fixtures this week, as the Women’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams wrapped up their season on Saturday with a number of double and triple headers. The 2nd team couldn’t have asked for a better day, failing to concede a point against Derby, Birmingham and Leicester as they recorded three 5-0 wins and cruised to the Midlands 2A title in the process. Whilst the 4th team came close to beating the same Derby and Leicester sides, the 3rd team overcame Birmingham 3-2 to finish in third place in 2A. The Women’s 1st team also had a number of fixtures; on Monday they lost at home to Trent 2-3, but got revenge on Saturday by beating our rivals by the same score line before going on to beat Warwick 1st team 5-0. Nonetheless, they look set to miss out on the Midlands 1A title on goal difference.
This wasn’t the only success of the weekend, however. Away at Desso Hall in Warwick, the Women’s Futsal 1st team thrashed Derby 1st 5-0, overcame East Anglia 1st 2-0 and beat Warwick 1st 3-1 to not only storm to the Midlands 1A title, but also do it in emphatic style having not lost and only conceded three goals all season.
At Fortress Highfields, the Men’s Football 2nd XI produced another faultless display in a 2-0 win over Anglia Ruskin to wrap up the Midlands 3B title. They, too, are still unbeaten this campaign and are in the running to complete the double if they can win the Conference Cup. The 4th XI also made home advantage count, but the 1st XI were unable to round off their league fixtures with a win.
A number of other league honours were up for grabs, notably for the Women’s Squash 3rd team who have all but secured the Midlands 2A title after beating Warwick 1st team 3-1. Both the 4th and 5th teams are still on course to win their leagues, and elsewhere the Men’s Hockey 2nd XI remain top of Midland 2A on goal difference due to a 6-1 win over Wolverhampton. Staying with Hockey, the Women’s 3rd team are going the right way about winning 2A and the 6th team moved top after a 16-0 drubbing of Wolverhampton away from home.
Both Men’s Badminton teams were in action at Sutton Bonington on Wednesday; the 1st team smashed and dropped their way to an 8-0 drubbing of Bedfordshire (Bedford) 1st and the 2nd team matched their score line against Staffordshire (Stoke) 1st. Both teams sit second in Midlands 1A and 2A respectively, and the 2nd team are level on points with both Leicester and Oxford Brookes, whom they play in the last round of games.
There was plenty of drama for the Netball 3rd team, who won a crucial match against Bedfordshire (Bedford) 36-35 in a bottom of the table clash at the University Park Sports Centre. If results go their way, the 3rd team can still escape relegation, and know the importance of their game against Trent in the coming weeks.
In Rugby Union, the Men’s 4th XV confirmed their safety in Midlands 2A following a bonus point win over Derby (Buxton) 1st and a late surge from the 3rd XV could see them challenge for the Midlands 2B title after beating De Montfort 1st 15-0 at the Riverside Sports Complex.
However, the Golf 1st team, who had not scored a point all season, pulled off the biggest shock of the afternoon by claiming a 3-3 draw with Loughborough 1st and the Men’s Basketball 2nd team took a huge step towards confirming their safety by overcoming Lincoln 1st 94-35.
Despite some excellent performances, Nottingham have dropped to 4th in the BUCS standings, with 1699 league points and an overall total of 1969.
Position and points accurate at time of press
BUCS weekly report by Sebastian Chmielinski