Week 19 was the calm before the storm on Clifton campus ahead of next week when a record 9 NTU teams will be travelling the short distance to the University of Nottingham at the end of the season showpiece event that is BUCS Big Wednesday where all 9 teams will have the chance to win National titles.
There was still plenty to keep us interested however on the last day of league matches for many teams in the lower leagues. We start our roundup with Men’s Tennis 1st, who secured a playoff place with a 3 all draw against University of Nottingham’s 3rd team. This gives them a shot to be promoted into the premier division if they are successful. A great season regardless of the playoff outcome!
Men’s Football 2nd team continued where they’d left off at Midlands Conference cup last week, beating local rivals University of Nottingham 3rd team away to clinch promotion from tier 3 to midlands tier 2 on head-to-head record. League and cup double complete!
Our Men’s fencing team had one match that was a must-win, which would then leave them tied with nearest rivals University of Nottingham’s 3rd team at the top of the table and leave the final placings down to head-to-head record. NTU faced University of Lincoln’s 1st team where they ran out comfortable winners, 135-68. Meaning they finished tied for 1st, on head-to-head record however, the NTU team had the edge, meaning promotion for the team to Midlands tier 1. Well done boys.
Our Women’s Basketball 2nd team faced University of Leicester Women’s 1st team in their final game of the season. A win would mean a perfect season and confirm promotion to Midlands tier 2, a fantastic achievement for the girls and growth of the program. They didn’t disappoint winning 46-36, congratulations girls.
Netball 5th team also completed a perfect season, beating Bishop Grosseteste 1st team 66-29 to win their league and gaining promotion to tier 5. While our Golf 1st team, which is of mixed gender, were also looking to finish off their season in style, already promoted to tier 1 Midlands from tier 2, the team won 6-0 against NTUs 2nd team to win 8 out of 8 fixtures. Well done team!
Finally, to round off our unbeaten teams, Women’s rugby 1st team face a University of Derby 1st team, already promoted, wanting to keep that unbeaten record alive. In truth it was never in doubt, running out 75-0 winners and returning to Midland’s tier 1.
Focus now turns to Big BUCS Wednesday on the 23rd March, come down and support our teams across the day, full schedule and tickets are available here. This is shaping up to be a record-breaking year for NTU with current BUCS table standings having us in 9th position and the chance to have a record number of National champions so come and show that you are Proud to be NTU this Wednesday!