Week 15 brought a big cup week for many of our NTU teams involved with several teams just 2 wins away from National Finals day (BIG BUCS Wednesday).
Our day started with Table tennis who were competing in the National Championship quarter-finals in both Men’s and Women’s 1st teams. The Men’s team were first up against University of Bristol where they dominated from start to finish, recording a 16-0 whitewash. The Women’s team had a long trip to University of Swansea to contend with. They didn’t let the travelling affect them, coming away with a 3-1 win meaning both Men’s and Women’s have made the National Championship semi-finals and cemented themselves as one of the top four teams in the country. Next week sees the rest of our National cup teams compete for their semi-final places.
In the National Trophy competition, the second-highest tier cup in BUCS sport, we had many teams fighting for their semi-final spots. On campus Men’s tennis 1st team continue to defy expectations with a 4-2 victory vs University of Stirling’s 3rd team, whilst Women’s Football put some disappointing league form behind them to secure a semi-final berth winning 3-1 vs University of Leeds 1st team.
On campus in the Lee Westwood Sports Centre, Netball racked up a huge winning margin scoring 71-28 vs University of Strathclyde to continue their dominating league and cup form. While equally impressive in an unbeaten season so far, the Men’s Basketball 1st team overcame Loughborough University 2s 104-71 to also secure Semi-final spots. This match was covered on our Match of the Week Instagram stories.
Finally, two of our Women’s teams in Basketball and Lacrosse respectively headed up to the North West for their quarter-finals. The Women’s Basketball 1st team faced University of Manchester with a thin squad after a punishing season so far, but it didn’t stop them from dominating again and winning 97-36. The Women’s Lacrosse team, was equally impressive again this season in league and cup playing against University of Liverpool and once again dominated the match-winning 14-3. Both teams have semi-finals to look forward to!
Finally, to finish off a bumper week of cup action our Men’s Rugby 3rd team overcame University of Nottingham 2ndteam 24-19 to qualify for the Midlands Conference Cup final, a great upset! The Men’s 6th team also caused an upset beating Bishop Grosseteste 1st team 7-0 to make the Conference Shield final (cup competition for 5th tier and below).
Well done to all teams in an excellent cup week for NTU teams.