March 24, 2015, by Lee Chrimes
BUCS Big Wednesday 2015
BUCS Big Wednesday is the highlight of the university sports season, and with five University of Nottingham Sport teams competing for Trophy and Championship Cups, there’s plenty of opportunities to cheer the green and gold to victory.
This year’s event takes place at sports facilities in and around the Loughborough University campus, with over 40 fixtures taking place across Tuesday 24 March – AKA ‘Trophy Tuesday’ – and Wednesday 25 March.
Following an unbeaten season with eight wins from eight matches, our Women’s Fencing 1st team will take on Exeter in the Trophy Cup final at the Tennis Centre at 12pm. Exeter have only lost one game all season so look set to provide tough opposition to the Nottingham fencers.
Next up will be the Men’s and Women’s Table Tennis Championship Cup finals, both taking place at 12pm at the David Wallace Sports Hall and facing Nottingham Trent in both matches. Nottingham’s Men’s 1st team narrowly missed out on winning their league this season, drawing equal on points with Trent but losing out on overall goal difference, whilst the Women’s 1st team also came 2nd in their league to Trent. Both teams boast two sports scholars in their lineups so are set to take the fight to Trent and avenge their league defeats.
Moving ahead to 6pm and to outdoor facilities, first up are Men’s Hockey 1st who have East Midlands rivals Loughborough to contend with on the university’s water-based hockey pitch for the Championship Cup final.Despite a disappointing season to date, Nottingham can still take Cup honours after a string of recent victories, and are hoping their four scholar athletes can make the difference.
Our final Championship Cup contenders are Men’s Lacrosse 1st, squaring off against their arch-nemesis Durham out on the EHB pitch at 6pm. Nottingham lost out in their league to unbeaten Durham this season, but have a chance to make amends in what is sure to be a tough match. National and international scholars bolster the squad, and Nottingham plan on giving Durham a game they won’t forget.
Coach travel to and from Loughborough University will be available on the day from outside the Portland Building, so we hope to see as many of you over there cheering our teams on as possible. Sports Department staff, official photographers and video crews and a team from NSTV will all be in attendance, so make sure the green and gold outshines the Loughborough purple and rally our teams on to make it five medals from five games!
You can review the various teams’ progress throughout the season through the BUCS Score website, follow @UoNSport throughout the day for all the latest news and updates and keep track of the other teams through the Twitter feeds listed below. You can also visit the BUCS website for a rundown of the day’s events and a Live Feed of results as they come in, or follow the BUCS Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube social media channels for photos, updates and videos throughout the event.
- Women’s Fencing – @UoN_Fencing
- Men’s & Women’s Table Tennis – @UoNTT
- Men’s Hockey – @NottsUniHC
- Men’s Lacrosse – @UoNMensLax
All sports at BUCS Big Wednesday are free of charge, however at certain venues spectator space is limited and space will be available on a first come first serve basis. Please see the campus map for information on where each sport is located.
- Spectator parking is available at the car park highlighted on the campus map. Please drive onto campus via the West Entrance
- Shuttle bus – there is a BUCS shuttle bus operating on Wednesday 25th March to take spectators around campus. Please see campus map for bus pick up and drop off locations
- Catering – There is catering at each sport HUB where spectators can buy food, and bars at HUBs 2, 3 & 4.
Trophy Cup is a national competition taking in Tier 1 teams. These teams can be 1st and 2nd (and sometimes 3rd) teams, who play other teams from the Tier 1 structure that sit below the Premier Leagues. The Championship Cup is for 1st team Premier sides only. This is the pinnacle of student sporting competition, and to win this competition means that you are the best student team in the country!