Week 10 is the final full week of competition in term 1 and the cold weather setting in meant that some fixtures this week had to be postponed, so we lost many of our outdoor fixtures.
Week 10 is the final full week of competition in term 1 and the wintry weather setting in meant that some fixtures this week had to be postponed, so we lost many of our outdoor fixtures.
However, 2 fixtures that happened before the cold snap, on the weekend just gone, were our Gaelic Football and Men’s 1st Futsal teams. The Gaelic team in only their 2nd full season have positioned themselves as strong contenders in the Midlands & South East Tier and faced a top of the table clash against Loughborough University. Earlier in the season the teams met, and Loughborough pipped the NTU boys 13-12, so motivation was not in short supply to reverse the result this time around. The team in pink responded well to the defeat earlier in the season, winning 13-5, giving them a greater head to head record and setting them up well to finish the league campaign strongly with destiny in their own hands to push for the league championship.
Also played at the weekend, our Futsal 1st team were playing 3rd placed Newcastle at home. NTU sat 2nd only 3 points of leaders Loughborough who are the only team to beat them this year. Any notions of this being a tight match were soon dispelled with early goals and a commanding performance. NTU running riot and winning 10-1 putting an incredible 9 points between the 2 teams and drawing level with leaders Loughborough (albeit having played a game more).
Back to Wednesday one outdoor fixture to survive was our Womens Lacrosse 1st team, who have made our results of the week many times this year with their amazing 1st campaign in the top tier of Womens Lacrosse. They faced University of Birmingham 1st team, with the winner moving into 3rd place with 1 fixture to play. This was again a tight affair just as the previous fixtures were (11-10 win for NTU) and once again it ended with only 1 goal separating the teams, with NTU sneaking the win 8-7. This means they have guaranteed 3rd place in the league, with a fixture still to play. A fantastic achievement!
Out of the cold weather and into a warm pool, our Water Polo men’s team faced a National Trophy Cup game against the University of Lancaster. This has been a tough season for the team but a win in the cup could be the boost they need. A competitive game followed and NTU managed the win 9-6, to progress to the next round.
The Womens Badminton 1st team had a long trip in the cold to University of East Anglia, in a match that they need to win to keep promotion hopes alive in the Midlands Tier 2. Some tight games and gritty performances saw them take home the win 5-3 and put them top of the league with 3 fixtures to go.
The final fixture of the evening was our Womens Netball 1st team, again looking to continue their revied winning form. In an away game NTU visited the University of Manchester who were bottom of the league. The girls in pink dominated from start to finish, and won 70-33, meaning a top 4 finish highlight is likely in their 1st season in the Premier Tier.
Next week’s update will give an overview of our NTU teams progress to date in term 1 and what to look out for in term 2!
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