A big cup week across many competitions for week 14 of BUCS action, many NTU teams were looking to progress in knockout competitions, or seal important end of regular season wins in the league.
At home, our Table Tennis Men’s 1st team faced off against University College London’s 1st team in a Championship quarter final. The team are looking to continue their impressive history in this competition, making the final for the last 4 years. The NTU team won 9-3 to keep that run alive, in doing so they advance to the semi-final. They are now only 1 match away form the season ending show piece: BUCS Big Wednesday and a Championship Final.
In the National Trophy our Golf Mixed 1st team faced off against league rivals University of Birmingham mixed 2s. A tight reverse in the league last week meant the NTU team were out for revenge. Another tight match ensued, this time NTU came out on top. Their reward, a trip to St Andrews University in the next round!
In Midlands Conference cup action, our Men’s Lacrosse 2nd team faced off against Oxford Brookes University Men’s 1st team. Traditionally a fiery encounter with plenty of history for our 2nd team. The boys really raised their game, winning 11-4 and progressing to the semi-final. One match remains until the final for this year, hosted by NTU!
NTU Men’s Football 2nd team we also in Midlands Conference cup action. The quarter final match saw them take on Loughborough University’s 3rd team. They are always tight matches against our regional rivals, and the boys put in an excellent performance to win 5-3 and advance to the semi-finals.
Back to important league action and our Women’s Football 1st team. A win against promotion Rivals University of Birmingham 1st team would go a long way to securing 1st place, and a chance to gain promotion to the premier tier via the play-offs. It was a tense affair on Clifton campus, as expected, with not much separating the teams in the previous fixture. In the end NTU managed to take the win 2-1 and put themselves in pole position for the league title and a play-off for promotion.
A special mention to our Netball 5th team, not often in the spotlight, they played local rivals University of Nottingham 6th team in the Conference trophy (for tier 4 and below competition). The match was 40-40 at full time, and went to extra time, with the girls winning 50-48 to send the sizable crowd wild. Well done girls and it was great to see such a showing of support for one of our lower teams.
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