February 5, 2015, by Lee Chrimes
BUCS round-up 4 February 2015
As the BUCS season enters the closing stages, Nottingham put in a number of impressive displays, and the return of 29 wins and 3 draws improved this week’s win ratio to 47%.
Arguably the biggest fixture of the day was played at Highfields as the Men’s Football 1st XI took on top of the table Loughborough. The 1-0 scalp was Loughborough’s first defeat of the season, but, more importantly, secured Premier North football for the 1st XI for another season. The 2nd XI got in on the act against Loughborough too, winning 5-1 to move another step closer to the Midlands 3B title. The Women’s 1st XI continued their winning ways and know a win against Birmingham in two weeks will crown them as champions of Midlands 1A.
The Men’s Badminton 2nd team are also in the running for honours and, despite missing a chance to go clear at the top with a 4-4 draw away at Birmingham, sit level on points in Midlands 2A. The Men’s 1st and Women’s 2nd teams made the short trip to Trent, both winning 5-3. Overall, 8 wins were recorded in 9 fixtures against Trent, most notably the Men’s Fencing 2nd team, who thrashed our rivals 135-54, and the Men’s Hockey 2nd team who won 4-1 away from home to cement their place at the top.
The Table Tennis club enjoyed an excellent return this week in fixtures themed around Nottingham. It was the derby of all derbies for the Men’s 1st team as they battled against Trent for the Premier North title. Despite winning 11-6, it was a bittersweet end as the victory propelled Nottingham to joint top, only to be denied the league on goal difference. However, the Men’s 4th and Women’s 1st team gained some revenge, beating Trent 11-6 and 5-0 respectively. The Men’s 2nd and 3rd played out a thrilling encounter last time the sides met, and there was more of the same in this all-UoN affair, with the 2nd team eventually prevailing 10-7.
It was mixed bag of results for Lacrosse this Wednesday, the highlights being the Men’s 2nd team winning a close game against Staffordshire (Stoke) 5-4 and the Women’s 3rd team decisively overcoming Derby 1st 37-10. The Men’s 1st team’s 12-5 win over Loughborough 1st finished off their season on a high but, like Table Tennis, they look set to miss out on the title on goal difference.
Men’s Volleyball were in full force to complete a clean sweep on winning Wednesday. The 1st team beat struggling Birmingham 3-1 and have a huge fixture next week against Loughborough at the Jubilee Sports Centre in their race for Midlands 1A honours. The 2nd and 3rd teams recorded crucial victories in their bid to stay clear of the bottom but will take nothing for granted in their remaining fixtures.
Likewise, the Women’s Basketball teams had a 100% win record this week, and the 1st team’s 112-8 demolition of Derby was a fine performance. On the road, the 2nd team took part in a thrilling encounter, edging out Aston 31-30, and the Men’s Squash 3rd team were thrilled with their 5-0 drubbing of the same opposition. It was also too close to call for the Women’s Netball 4th team in their 42-39 win against East Anglia 2nd.
Nottingham remains 3rd in the BUCS standings, with 1695 league points and an overall total of 1923.
Position and points accurate at time of press
BUCS weekly report by Sebastian Chmielinski