December 11, 2014, by Lee Chrimes
BUCS Christmas review 2014: how have our clubs fared so far this season?
The BUCS season has hit the halfway mark and moves into 2015 with a number of our clubs in contention for league and cup honours. So, as we enter the Spring phase, here’s a run down of our clubs’ performances so far.
Season so far: Badminton have enjoyed a positive start to the 2014/15 season and many teams are in with a shot of glory come the New Year. The Men’s 2nd team and Women’s 1st teams are both three points off the top – the men’s game in hand could prove handy in the title race.
Biggest result: The Women’s 1st team upset the form book by rallying hard to beat Loughborough 1st 5-3 in week five. Top of the table Loughborough had been undefeated until that point, having beaten second placed rivals Birmingham 8-0.
Key fixture: 11th March: Oxford Brookes 1st vs Men’s 2nd – a final day clash which could determine the title.
Season so far: The men have had a tough Autumn with only the 1st team in a position of real safety. However, the women’s 1st team have won five from five and are flying in Midlands 2A with a goal difference of 350.
Biggest result: After a run of four straight defeats the Men’s 2nd team hammered Leicester 89-53 at Jubilee Sports Centre.
Key fixture: 25th February: Aston University 1st vs Women’s 1st – this could well be the Wednesday in which the team secure promotion.
Season so far: A lack of fixtures has stunted any progress for the club thus far, with a number of double headers in place for the Women’s 1st and 2nd team next term. That said, the Men’s 1st team have handled themselves well, with three wins from five.
Biggest result: The Men’s 1st team demonstrated their quality with a 119-96 victory over Warwick to make it two from two at the start of the season.
Key fixture: 7th February: Potentially a double header for the Women’s Fencing 1st team; coincidentally against Oxford and Cambridge who also have two wins and sit at the top.
Season so far: The football club have started the season in grand style, particularly the Ladies’ 1st and 2nd XI who sit top. Likewise, the men’s 2nd XI are miles ahead of the pack and seven points clear, whilst the 4th team are not letting Trent sit comfortably in Midlands 4B with only one loss in five. All in all, there is scope for four titles and three promotions.
Biggest result: The men’s 1st XI produced a top drawer display to defeat a strong Durham side 3-2 away from home with nine men.
Key fixture: 11 March: Men’s 4th XI vs Trent 4th XI – if the team can continue their good form in 2015 this could be a truly epic season finale. There would be no better way to win the title than by doing it against Trent, and deprive them of the feat in the process.
Season so far: Futsal have made a strong statement in the Sunday BUCS fixtures. The Men’s 1st team are only three off the top and the 2nd team have gone from strength to strength and dominated their league. In similar fashion, the Women’s 1st team have only conceded two goals in their five games and are just a win away from the title.
Biggest result: The Men’s 1st team ensured Warwick’s journey home would seem twice as long by hammering them 21-2 back in November.
Key fixture: 7th February: Coventry University 1st vs Men’s 2nd – Coventry are the only team that can challenge for the league. It’s up to our boys to put this one to bed.
Season so far: Golf have found themselves in the bunker this term with a difficult return against strong opposition.
Biggest result: The 2nd team ended the term in style by recording their first win, and the club’s, by beating Derby 1st 5-1 at Beeston Fields Golf Club.
Key fixture: 25th February: De Montfort 1st vs Mixed 3rd – after a 3-3 draw in the home fixture let’s hope for a change of fortunes in the return leg with the chance to finish the season with a win.
Season so far: As the University’s most represented club, Hockey have done a sterling job of competing to a high level in their BUCS fixtures so far. The Men’s 2nd XI are top by three points with a game in hand and the 5th team are also top, this time on goal difference. The Women’s 6th XI have been a breath of fresh air by leading in Midlands 4A.
Biggest result: It was a day of big results as the Women’s 1st XI beat Loughborough 3-1 for the first time in many years and the Men’s 1st XI followed suit by coming from 2-0 down to beat the Students 3-2. Both are closely followed by the Men’s campaign against homophobia.
Key fixtures: 11th March: Loughborough 4th vs Men’s 2nd and Men’s 5th vs Trent 4th – both games will no doubt be crucial if either of our sides need to clinch the league on the final day.
Season so far: Lacrosse have put in some fantastic displays this term. Although the Men’s 1st look set to narrowly miss out on glory to an unbeatable Durham side, the 2nd team have convincingly won all four games and the Women’s 3rd team share the unbeaten record having already won Midlands 2B for the second year running.
Biggest result: The Men’s 1st team put in a display straight out of the top drawer to overwhelm Loughborough 1st 17-1.
Key fixture: 28th January: University of Birmingham 2nd vs Men’s 2nd – the boys could become the second Lacrosse team to win honours with a league game still to be played.
Season so far: It’s been a mixed bag in the Autumn term; most teams are in mid-table security but cannot push on. The 1st team have won three of their first four before two away wins halted their good run. The 4th team sit second in the table and will no doubt look to take it to the death with Northampton and better their second placed finish from last year.
Biggest result: The 3rd team beat, then unbeaten, Leicester 43-34 to record their first win of the season and move a step closer to safety.
Key fixture: 4th February: University of Worcester 1st vs UoN 1st – a win would confirm the girls’ safety and remove the possibility of any late season drama.
Season so far: The 1st team’s defeat in their first game against Coventry could prove crucial come the end of the season but with four wins since then, there is only a three point gap and plenty of promise after Christmas. The 2nd team have shown huge signs of improvement by winning consecutive games in the cup and league and will look to push on in 2015.
Biggest result: It’s a weigh up between the 1st team’s defeat of Loughborough 2nd 26-20 or the 2nd team’s 34-12 first league win over arch rivals Trent.
Key fixture: 4th February: Men’s 1st team vs University of Birmingham 1st – having lost to them earlier in the season, and having the same playing record, this is a crucial game for two teams chasing the leaders.
Season so far: The 1st XV are battling for survival despite a number of close encounters so far and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams sit fairly comfortably in mid table; the latter two sides are both enjoying fruitful runs in the conference cup as well. At second half of the season surge could see the Women’s 1st XV push Cambridge all the way at the top, whereas the 2nd XV have five games to ensure they escape relegation.
Biggest result: The 1st XV ended their three year Loughborough hoodoo with a heroic performance, coming away from fortress Highfields with a 17-10 victory.
Key fixture: 11th February: University of Leeds 1st XV vs Men’s 1st XV – a win in the crunch match would all but secure Premier North safety for the green and gold. However, there is potential for the 3rd XV and 4th XV to meet each other in the final of the Conference Cup.
Season so far: A string of impressive performances saw the Men’s and Women’s 1st teams qualify for the BUCS Upper league, however the step up has been a tough ask so far. The Men’s 2nd team can push for the title and the Women’s 3rd and 4th teams head into 2015 top of the league.
Biggest result: The Women’s 1st team thrashed all their opponents on their way to qualifying for the upper league and only lost one game, winning 5-0, 4-1 and 5-0.
Key fixture: 11th March: Women’s 3rd vs University of Northampton 1st – Northampton currently sit two points behind the girls in third, so this could prove to be a title decider on the final week.
Season so far: Table Tennis have had a solid first half of the season. The Men’s 1st team lye three points behind Trent and will push them all the way in the Premier North. The Women’s progress has been difficult to gauge with a limited number of games, however the 1st team have won two from two and the 3rd team remain unbeaten.
Biggest result: The intra-University clash between the Men’s 2nd and 3rd teams went the distance in a thrilling encounter at the Sports Centre. The 3rd team were pipped to the post 9-8.
Key fixture: 4th February: Men’s 1st team vs Nottingham Trent 1st – head down to University Park to witness this hotly anticipated title decider.
Season so far: Mid-table has been the theme of the club’s autumn semester, but the Men’s 1st team have set themselves up well for a play-off place by finishing 2014 in second.
Biggest result: The Women’s 1st team crucially beat Durham 8-4 to record their first win and create some breathing space from the bottom of the table.
Key fixture: 4th March: University of Warwick Men’s 1st vs Men’s 1st – only three points separate the sides at the Christmas break and both will be fighting for that play-off spot.
Season so far: The Men’s 1st team have dug, set and spiked their way to five wins from six and are only second on goal difference. The women’s 2nd team are still within touching distance of Warwick in Midlands 2A, whereas the rest of the club head into the New Year just above the bottom of the table.
Biggest result: Now table topping East Anglia proved no match for the Women’s 1st team who ran our 3-2 winners on the opening Wednesday of the season.
Key fixture: 4th March: Men’s 1st vs Loughborough University Men’s 1st – fixtures against Loughborough never fail to disappoint and Notts will no doubt be spurred on to reverse the 3-1 defeat earlier in the year.
Season so far: Autumn has been extremely successful for both Water Polo teams. The Men are second behind Birmingham and the Women are still unbeaten with three solid victories.
Biggest result: The Women are the only side to have beaten Warwick thus far, winning a tense away fixture 7-8.
Key fixture: 7th February – A triple header on ‘Super Saturday’ for the Women could prove to be a winner takes all contest.
Keep posted for more sport updates in the New Year.
BUCS report by Sebastian Chmielinski