The University of Nottingham (UoN) have retained their third position in the BUCS rankings after the first week of action in 2017 – keeping up the pressure on second-placed Durham and current table-toppers Loughborough. 

The Green and Gold have accumulated a whopping 2595.5 points thus far in the 2016/17 campaign, under 250 points behind Durham, continuing the success of the last term into the new year, with a 57% win rate on the first week of BUCS matches in 2017.

The first series of encounters with universities across the UK came on Saturday 25th January with 11 matches played. It was a particularly good weekend for our squash teams, with three triumphs over Birmingham and Warwick 5-0, 4-1 and 4-0 for our men’s Firsts and Seconds, and women’s Firsts.

Table tennis women’s firsts defeated our inter-city rivals Nottingham Trent 5-0, while our women’s third basketball side lost to Trent’s Seconds.

88 clashes then took place on the first BUCS big Wednesday on February 1st for UoN, with Lauren Heria’s sides winning 47 of those games. Our American Football mixed 1sts defeated Staffordshire 56-0 and, in badminton, it was 5/7 wins for our teams including 5-3 victories over Loughborough and Trent for our women’s firsts and third team.

“The Green and Gold have accumulated a whopping 2595.5 points thus far in the 2016/17 campaign, under 250 points behind Durham.”

The women’s Firsts are looking to bridge the three-point gap at the top of the BUCS Premier North Division between them and Loughborough, while the third team maintained their spot at the top of league Midlands 2A.

Elsewhere it was 4/7 triumphs for our Fencing teams last week, with the mens firsts beating Birmingham away 135-69. In football, our Mens Thirds and Fourths won 1-0 and drew 3-3 with De Montfort while our women’s Firsts defeated Loughborough Seconds 7-3. It was also a 9-0 thrashing at home to De Montfort for the Third team.

The women’s Firsts have extended their lead at the top of Midlands 1A to 6 points, while the thirds are level on points with Loughborough at the top of Midlands 4A.

In hockey there were six wins, three draws and one defeat for our sides on the first Big BUCS Wedensday of 2017. These results included two vital home wins for our men’s Firsts and Seconds against Trent and Birmingham, 3-2 and 4-1. Both teams have maintained two point leads at the top of their leagues this week.

“Its been a spectacular start to the new year for the Green and Gold. As we look forward to Varsity at the end of the spring term, our sports teams are in very good positions to go and topple Trent for a sixth year in a row.”

It was three out of five wins for netball, while in rugby league the men’s Firsts triumphed 38-4 over Loughborough Seconds, maintaining their first position on 24 points in Midlands 1A.

There were two mammoth victories for our mens table tennis sides away at Trent – 13-4 and 16-1, with our men’s Thirds and Fourths defeated 8-9 by Warwick. It was a great week for the club who, as well as their victories over Trent, won the Nottinghamshire Team of the Year award at the Nottinghamshire Sports Awards 2017. Can the teams help eclipse that 500 BUCS points barrier and win the BUCS Championships again this year?

It was 5 wins, two defeats and one draw for our tennis teams, our men’s Firsts, Seconds and Thirds are all top of their leagues having been unbeaten for the duration of the autumn term. There were also two fixtures on Saturday 4th February with our women’s water polo Firsts beating Leicester 19-14 and East Anglia 32-3.

Its been a spectacular start to the new year for the Green and Gold. As we look forward to Varsity at the end of the spring term, our sports teams are in very good positions to go and topple Trent for a sixth year in a row.

When concerning BUCS, it is pivotal that UoN Sport maintains its position and increases its points tally. With Edinburgh just 207 points behind in fourth and Durham 223 points ahead in second, anything could happen between now and the end of the campaign.

Find out more about the University of Nottingham’s latest BUCS results and fixtures on the UoN Sport website.

Joe Tanner

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