Week 22 of BUCS action and several key teams were involved in big knockout fixtures in the national Championship competition as well as the regional midlands Conference Cup.
There was however, one huge league match to start the day on our own Clifton Hockey pitch. Hockey Women’s 1s, after having been undefeated for nearly 2 years, finally had the chance to win promotion via a playoff to the coveted National League. Cardiff Metropolitan University 1s stood in the way, but as they have done time and time again, the ladies secured a resounding victory to achieve a fantastic promotion to join the Men’s team in the highest tier of university hockey. Well done to all players, coaches and staff who have made this possible.
On our grass pitches at Clifton, the Men’s Football 1s had a chance to make history in the Championship quarter finals. No NTU football team had ever made it past this stage. The University of Birmingham 1s, visitors in the earlier league campaign, stood in their way. If there were any nerves the team showed none. A dominant display, one of the best of the season, led to a 4-1 victory, and history made with a semi-final place assured.
Not to be outdone, our Men’s Lacrosse 1s played against the University of Oxford. The victory takes the team through to the Championship semi-final for the 4th year in a row. At the same time our Men’s Table Tennis 1s headed away to University College London for a semi-final. The team have lost to UCL the last two years at the same stage of the competition, and were therefore looking for revenge, and they delivered. A 9-5 victory secured NTU’s first team to qualify for BUCS Big Wednesday on the 25 March at the University of Nottingham.
Women’s Hockey 2s were in Conference Cup semi-final action, facing the University of Oxford 2s. They dominated the fixture, equalling the first team with 5 goals with just the 2 in response. The final now awaits the team. Women’s Rugby 1s were also in Conference Cup semi-final action, defeating Coventry University 1s, while the Women’s Tennis 2s were also victorious in their Conference Cup semi-final defeating the University of Nottingham 6s 6-0. Both teams joining Women’s Hockey 2s on the trip to the University of East Anglia on 11 March.
Well done to all our teams in winning cup action this week!