Week 12 saw a Wednesday packed with fixtures for the first time in term 2, with close to 60 matches for our NTU teams and over 70 matches for the whole week including some hugely important games.
The first big match at Clifton Hockey pitch yesterday, was the Womens Hockey National League fixture for our 1st team verses Cardiff Met University. A win would secure the teams status in the top division after their maiden season in the National League. The girls put in a fantastic display, winning 3-1, cementing NTU as a premier hockey program in the country.
Netball 1st team had an away trip to University of Birmingham 2’s, where a win would secure the team with the Midlands 1 title and entry into the end of year playoffs for a shot at Premier division netball. Another dominant display ensured a 62-37 victory, and the title secured, as well as continuing their unbeaten streak so far with just 2 matches spare, well done team.
Back in Nottingham the Men’s Rugby 1s team were looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss last week in the Men’s Premier North 1 division. They hosted University of Newcastle at Nottingham rugby Club, who were placed one place above them in the league and had beaten them in the reverse fixture earlier in the year. A gritty 17-12 win ensured that the slim hopes of finishing top and possible promotion to BSR (BUCS Super rugby) stay alive for another week, whilst leaving a dent in the opposition’s aspirations of promotion.
Staying in Premier North Competitions, our Men’s Table Tennis 1st team also hosted University of Newcastle 1st team in a clash that would go a long way to deciding 2nd place in the division. Both teams were locked on 2 wins out of 4 tied on 6 points. It was a tight match throughout with the lead changing hands multiple times, it came down to the final game, where NTU held their nerve securing a 9-8 victory. The teams will have to do battle again next Wednesday, with the reverse and final league fixture for both teams in Newcastle.
Finally, as if the excitement of these fixture wasn’t enough, there was a double header for Women’s and Men’s basketball 1st teams away, over the river, at local rival University of Nottingham. The significance for our Men’s team were not so high, with the men running away with the current midlands tier 1 division and already securing the title and the end of year playoff to get into the Premier tier. For the Womens, the stakes were high, NTU sat top with 6 out of 6 wins, and UoN 2nd with 5 out of 6 wins. True to form, the men’s team swept aside their opponents 88-68, asserting their dominance over this year’s league. The Women’s match delivered a tight 7-point game finished in NTUs favour finishing 61-54, giving the Women’s team breathing space at the top of the league with 3 games remaining. Basketball in Nottingham is currently pink!