November 14, 2014, by Mike Munro
BUCS round-up 12 November 2014
Eight University teams kept their Conference Cup runs alive this week by booking last sixteen slots. Whilst the strike rate was slightly down on last week’s 56%, the 23 wins provided many more impressive displays than the figures suggest.
It was an afternoon to remember for Ladies’ Badminton 1st who defied the odds to defeat Loughborough 1st 5-3 and end their unbeaten run in the process. Loughborough appeared on the fixture card fifteen times this week, and there was fantastic drama at Beeston Hockey Club where the Men’s’ 1st team came from 2-0 down to beat their Premier North rivals 3-2. The Ladies’ 1st XI followed suit, beating the same opposition 3-1 for the first time in many seasons, whilst the 3rd XI trounced Trent 20-0.
The University’s good form continued at Highfields as Lacrosse 1st team, once again hosting Loughborough, put in a display of sheer class to win 17-1. The Men’s Rugby Club also made use of the home advantage; the 2nd XV pack drove over two tries on the way to a crucial 17-7 win and the 4th XV overwhelmed lower league Birmingham City 60-17 at Riverside Sports Complex.
Elsewhere, Men’s Football 2nd XI added to their impressive form, extending their run to five wins in their last six after a nail-biting penalty shootout victory over Staffordshire.
It was a day of mixed fortunes for Netball as the 2nd team maintained the high scoring trend by thrashing Buxton 83-4; however the 1st and 3rd teams were both halted by Birmingham.
Netball second team
Squash missed out on a clean sweep by one point, yet that could not dampen the celebrations of the Men’s 1st team who moved into the top group after a comfortable playoff victory against southern rivals Exeter. They now stand a strong chance of finishing in the top four nationally.
And finally, ottingham were on the winning and losing side in the same match at University Park where a thrilling club battle between the Men’s Table Tennis 2nd and 3rd teams went to the wire. It was certainly not one to be missed – an inspired performance from the 3rd side nearly caused an upset as they narrowly lost 9-8.
The results have maintained the University’s 4th position in the BUCS standings, taking the league points up to 1439.
Position and points accurate at time of press
BUCS weekly report by Sebastian Chmielinski
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