March 19, 2015, by Lee Chrimes
BUCS round-up 18 March 2015
There may have only been 14 games this week, but there was plenty to cheer about for University of Nottingham Sport – five Conference Cup final matches, five wins and five new pieces of silverware for the University’s trophy cabinet!
Women’s Badminton 3rd were in action first, with a 4-4 draw against league leaders Northampton keeping Nottingham in second place in the Midlands 3B league, tied on points and victories but losing out on goal difference to their rivals.
Women’s Basketball saw both sides of the coin this week – our 1st team smashed East Anglia 66-39 to take the Conference Cup home to Nottingham, unbeaten all season and comfortable winners of the Midlands 2A league; whereas the 2nd team lost 41-45 away to Derby to stay bottom of Midlands 2A, finishing off a disappointing season.
More cup success in football as the Men’s 2nd team took a narrow but deserved 1-0 victory against Oxford Brookes to secure the Championship Cup, leaving the boys 10 points clear at the top of Midlands 3B. Our Women’s 2nd team demolished Bedfordshire (Luton) 8-0 – not quite up with their best result of the season (14-0 against Aston), but enough for a strong second place finish in the Midlands 3B league behind De Montfort.
Another mixed bag for hockey, as the Men’s 2nd team took down Birmingham 2-0 to win the Conference Cup and the Midlands 2A league, but both Women’s sides lost out – the 3rds 0-2 to Coventry and the 5ths 0-4 to Lincoln.
An excellent showing from the Rugby League 2nds against Lincoln saw a 26-10 victory, marking a strong finish to a season that saw them finish 6th in the Midlands 2A league, whilst in rugby union our Men’s 2nd team lost 5-17 to Loughborough to also finish the season in 6th, this time in Midlands 1A.
Congratulations to Men’s Squash 2nd team, whose 3-2 victory over Oxford Brookes was our fourth Conference Cup win of the day. Loughborough may have comfortably won the Midlands 2A league this season, but Nottingham were a strong second, ready to try again next year.
Our final Conference Cup win of the day went to Women’s Table Tennis 2nds, defeating Birmingham 4-1 and remaining top of Midlands 2A in an undefeated season.
The last two teams of the day were Men’s Volleyball – our 1st team lost 1-3 to Manchester but our 2nds took care of Oxford Brookes 3-1, with both sides aiming their sights high for next season.
As the season enters its final stage and begins the transition into summer sports, Nottingham hold onto an impressive 3rd place in the BUCS league table with 2,690 points, and 8 wins from 14 games gives us our best win ratio of the year at 57%.
Position and points accurate at time of press