Week 17 was a massive week for many of our National Trophy teams who had kept their space in the competition. Six semi-finals were taking place where the teams had a chance to make Big BUCS Wednesday on the 23rd of March, the end of the season showpiece event.
Women’s Lacrosse 1st team have had an amazing season so far, initially playing for the first time in Premier North 2, they have an unassailable lead at the top of the division with 1 match still to play. Yesterday they were up against their league rivals in the semi-final of the National trophy, University of Durham 2nd team, away from home. In their closest match of the season so far, the girls maintained their hold over their opposition, winning 11-10 to secure their final spot. Well done girls on a great year so far.
Keeping with the unbeaten theme, both of our basketball 1st teams faced away trips in their National trophy semi-finals. Coincidently, both teams had Sheffield Hallam away and both were looking to maintain their perfect league and cup records. Each team never looked in danger of losing those records the Women’s team winning by a huge 96-42 and the Men’s winning 100-70. Congratulations to both teams on making the National Trophy Finals. The Men’s 2ndteam also had a delayed Midlands Conference cup final against De Montfort University’s 1st team, once again they beat a team in a higher division and now will join 10 other NTU teams in next week’s conference cup finals held at Loughborough University.
Women’s Football 1st team travelled to University of Birmingham where they faced their 1st team in their National trophy semi-final, where they looked to avenge defeats in their league competition. The girls didn’t disappoint, smashing the opposition 5-2 and booking their place in the final. On the Men’s football front, special mention to the 3rdand 4th teams who both achieved promotion from their midlands 4th tier leagues in their last games of the season.
On Clifton Campus yesterday, the Netball 1st team squared up to Northumbria University 1st team. Our Netball 1stteam was another unbeaten team so far this year and were looking to top off a fine league campaign with cup glory. The girls didn’t disappoint and ran out a 79-35 win, allowing the team to advance to the final at Big BUCS Wednesday.
Finally, on our Clifton Hockey pitch, our Women’s 1st team faced Loughborough University Women’s2nd team in the National Vase competition. This match was the quarter-finals, and in a tense match under the floodlights, an early 1stquarter goal proved the difference with the girls advancing to the semi-final 1-0.
A special mention to our Men’s Rugby Union 5th team who won in the Midlands Conference Trophy competition to make it 4 rugby teams competing of Midlands conference cup finals next week. As previously mentioned, we have a record total of 10 teams competing next week across all sports at Loughborough University. A huge NTU representation, good look to all teams!