February 19, 2015, by Lee Chrimes
BUCS round-up 18 February 2015
Knockout competition was at the forefront of the action this Wednesday, and a number of teams sailed through to the quarter-finals and semi-finals. Overall, the Green and Gold recorded 26 wins at a rate of 51%.
The Hockey club returned a raft of wins this week, and the Men’s 1st XI got the ball rolling with a 2-1 victory over Bristol 1st in the Championship Cup. The Women’s 1st XI also progressed in the Championship, beating Bath 1st team 5-3; they now face a long trip to an unbeaten Exeter side in the next round. Away from home, the Men’s 2nd XI beat Warwick 3-2 and the 3rd XI thrashed Oxford 2nd 5-1 to set up a Conference Cup semi-final between the teams in two weeks’ time. In the league, the 5th XI battered Lincoln 2nd 7-0 to remain top of Midlands 4B.
Also impressive in the Championship Cup were the Squash club, with Men’s 1st and Women’s 1st teams comfortably beating Oxford 1st 4-1 and Cardiff 1st 4-0 respectively. In the same competition, the Women’s Badminton 1st team won in style with an 8-0 victory over Cardiff 1st. It’s a quick turnaround for the three sides as they play their quarter-finals next week.
Highfields was abuzz with a number of mouth-watering fixtures, none more so than the Men’s Rugby League 1st team who played out a thrilling encounter against Trophy Cup favourites Manchester Met. With the scores tied at full time, the match went to golden point, with the boys eventually snatching the win 28-24. Switching codes, it was cup final for the Men’s Rugby Union 1st XV in Premier North. Needing at least one win from their last two games to stave off relegation, the team pulled off the result of the day by thrashing Northumbria 35-0.
Women’s Lacrosse responded to the magic of the cup in fine style too, as the 1st team drubbed Bath 18-0 in the Championship Cup. They will now face Premier South winners Cambridge in the quarter-finals. Likewise, the 3rd team beat East Anglia 1st 13-3 to set up a semi-final derby against Trent on 4th March.
The Women’s Basketball 1st team navigated their way to the semi-finals following a 64-34 win over Warwick 1st. Not only do they remain unbeaten, but are also odds on favourites to win the competition. The Men’s Football 2nd XI boast the same record and extended their run of great form by beating Worcester 2-0.
Elsewhere in the Conference Cup, there were wins for the Men’s Badminton, Fencing and Squash 2nd teams, as well as a 6-0 battering for the Golf 2nd team at Beeston Fields Golf Club.
In the Trophy Cup, the Women’s Football 1st XI hardly broke a sweat in a 5-1 defeat of Sheffield 1st on the 3G, and Men’s Futsal 1st travelled to Salford to win 10-0. Similarly, Women’s Fencing 1st team will play Cambridge in the quarter-finals next after beating Aberystwyth 1st 135-49, and the Women’s Squash 2nd will be underdogs against Midlands 1A champions Birmingham in their semi-final clash in week fifteen.
The host of fantastic displays has propelled Nottingham back up to 3rd in the overall BUCS standings, with the 1707 league, 339 cup and 176 individual points amounting to a total of 2222.
Position and points accurate at time of press
BUCS weekly report by Sebastian Chmielinski